What a clasico that was.
Sunday’s La Liga clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Nou Camp had it all.
Although Barcelona have already wrapped up the title, Los Blancos travelled to their bitter rivals with the intentions of preventing them from becoming the first side in La Liga history to go a full season unbeaten.
Luis Suarez have the home side the lead after ten minutes, before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for the visitors just four minutes later.
Barcelona lost Sergi Roberto to a red card just before half-time, but that did not stop the hosts retaking the lead after Lionel Messi found the net in the 52nd minute.
Although Ronaldo was forced off with injury, Gareth Bale managed to peg Barcelona back once again after a neat finished with 18 minutes remaining.
There were no further goals, meaning Barcelona are just three games away from becoming the first side ever to go unbeaten in Spain’s top tier.
LIONEL MESSI PRODUCED SOME MAGIC
Messi has proven he can do everything with a ball.
His dribbling and shooting skills are what he is primarily known for, but his passing range is also up there with the very best in the world.
And that skill was on display again during the clasico.
With 18 minutes gone in the match and the scores locked at 1-1, Messi played a quite extraordinary pass over the Real Madrid to Jordi Alba.
It was absolutely inch perfect, but unfortunately Alba could not get the desired connection as his shot sailed over the bar.
How did he even see that pass? Let alone execute it.
Messi produces moments of magic every game, but that pass is up there with the very best that has been seen this season.
And football fans took to Twitter to display their amazement and what the Argentine was able to produce.
ERNESTO VALVERDE HAPPY WITH THE DRAW
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde claimed he was happy with the result after the game.
“In a game like this, there will always be tension. It was intense from the first minute,” he explained.
“We all want to beat our rivals. The goals came fast and then it became difficult with all the cards.
“In the second half, we fought so that the man disadvantage wasn’t felt. We didn’t stop attacking.
“We had to work together a lot and never give up in attack.”
“[I’m happy] especially with the effort of the team,”
“It is always difficult to play with a man down, more so against Real Madrid. They know how to find their opponents’ gaps.
“We could have even won, so we’re happy.”