Pique aims a sly dig at Real Madrid after the El-Clasico

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"Dead rubber" is what many called it and in the grand scheme of things, that is exactly what it was at the Camp Nou Stadium but if you go by how the action transpired on the pitch, it was anything but a game without consequences.

"But knowing what he is like, his style and how he is, I didn't think it was necessary to do so".

"It was a good game to show that we wanted to win the league". The hope will be that Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes after his collision with Gerard Pique because the damage was not significant, rather than made it worse to avoid sitting out a Clasico.

In the first half, Hernandez had been the target of whistles and jeers from the Blaugrana faithful following his decision to reduce Barcelona to 10 men with a straight red card shown to Sergi Roberto.

Despite their domestic issues, Real manager Zinedine Zidane has led his side to a third consecutive Champions League final.

Madrid were leaving too many gaps, though, and Barca went back in front in the 52nd minute thanks to Messi's first home league Clasico goal in five matches.

With Barcelona already Spanish league champion and Madrid focused on its Champions League final later this month, it was supposed to be the most low-key "clasico" in years.

But regardless of his ability, there is little a player can do to stave off the physical effects of time, and fearing the potential onslaught that was likely to come Barca's way, Valverde felt Iniesta's talents were to become a luxury.

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Real's Ronaldo was substituted at half-time after suffering an ankle sprain while scoring.

La Liga will introduce video technology next season and Zidane, rather pointedly, said: "Then we'll see how a match like this turns out".

With Barca looking to preserve their unbeaten run in La Liga and Real Madrid eager to end it, Sunday's encounter was always going to a fiery one.

Ronaldo appeared to shake off the injury. There was the important save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who denied Ronaldo early on.

The constant on-field confrontations and meaty challenges led to referee booking Ramos and Barca striker Luis Suarez as well.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez clashes with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos and Casemiro. Marcelo fell down and the referee didn't hesitate in flashing the red card. "That's the positive. We're happy because we can still end the league season without losing".

Alaves routed Malaga 3-0, and Getafe beat Las Palmas 1-0.

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