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Messi and Ronaldo star in El Clasico

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both found the net on two occasions as Barcelona and Real Madrid played out an entertaining draw at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Barcelona entered into the encounter boasting an eight-point lead over Real Madrid in La Liga after Jose Mourinho's side got their title defence off to a stuttering start.

But Los Blancos seized the initiative in Barcelona when Ronaldo gave them the lead inside the first half hour; turning Karim Benzema's centre past Victor Valdes to become the first player to score in six successive Clasicos.

Barca were, however, level just eight minutes later as Messi turned goal poacher to beat Iker Casillas to the ball after Pepe had failed to competently clear his lines following a cross from Pedro.

Another 30 minutes passed before Messi found the next once again to provide Tito Vilanova's men with the lead on the hour mark; netting with a sumptuous free-kick - his second in El Clasico this season.

Not to be outdone by his illustrious rival, however, Ronaldo restored parity for Real when he converted from Mesut Ozil's ball to register his 14th strike of the campaign.

A point means Barcelona retain their place at the top of La Liga - above Atletico Madrid on goal difference - but it could have been the spark to ignite Real Madrid's faltering season.

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