Cristiano Ronaldo kicks Javier Mascherano during El Clasico loss

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Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure last night as Real Madrid went down 2-1 against Barcelona last night - and it seems he may have taken some of that frustration out on Javier Mascherano.

The Portuguese superstar was involved in a clash with his Barcelona rival in the second half as the Catalan club took a decisive lead in the title race. 


Mascherano picked up a booking for his tackle on Ronaldo in an attempt to thwart a counter attack, however replays suggest that he may have kicked out at the former Liverpool and West Ham man in the aftermath.

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Despite that, Mascherano was back up on his feet soon after to remonstrate with the referee over his booking which suggests he may have overdone the theatrics somewhat.

The game at the Nou Camp last night could be crucial in the title race as Barcelona moved four points clear at the top of La Liga with ten games to go. Jeremy Mathieu opened to scoring with a close range header, but Ronaldo levelled things up before the break.

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Luis Suarez then took centre-stage with a wonderful goal that won the game before the hour-mark. The former Liverpool man controlled a long-ball wonderfully before slotting his finish calmly into the far corner, prompting wild celebrations in the stands.

He said afterwards: "It's the most important goal I have scored for the club so far,' he said. 'And of course it means even more because of who it was against. I tried to make the most of the space I found between the defenders and to get the shot away as quickly as I could. Luckily it worked out."


The game was a niggly affair with referee Antonio Mateu handed out 11 yellow cards and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was downbeat with the result afterwards.

"We did very well in the first half, we had good control of the game, we were solid at the back, but in the end we lacked a cool head to earn a draw," the Italian said. "We played a lot of long balls and had too few ideas.

"It's hard to say if the best team won. We were better for the first hour, but for the last 30 minutes the counter-attacks of Barcelona were devastating. I think both teams deserved to do something important, but it's Barcelona who won. Good for them."


The battle of Barcelona and Real Madrid is always inevitably boiled down to Messi v Ronaldo, but last night it was Suarez who was the star of the show. 

His goal was good enough to win any game anywhere; his first touch was only bettered by his expert finish - and you could see how much it meant to him afterwards.

He has a long way to go - but his goal which may well have won Barcelona the title goes some way towards helping his side win the title.

Who is the better player - Suarez, Neymar or Bale?

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