Sergio Ramos insists he did not mean to elbow Leo Messi during El Clasico

Lionel Messi was not happy with Sergio Ramos after being elbowed

Barcelona beat Real Madrid for the second time in four days after beating them 1-0 at the Bernabeu.

Ernesto Valverde’s side knocked their fierce rivals out of the Cope del Rey in midweek and have now taken all three points from them In La Liga.

Real Madrid put in a better display but found themselves a goal down after 26 minutes.

Ivan Rakitic cooly chipped over Thibaut Courtois after being set free by Sergi Roberto.

Madrid could not find a way past Marc-Andre ter Stegen and now have slipped 12 points behind their rivals in the race for the La Liga title.

While Barcelona walked away with the victory, the main talking point of the game will undoubtedly be Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos’ clash just before half-time.

Ramos caught Messi with an elbow that sent the Argentinian to the ground.

The two then squared up to each other as Messi reacted angrily to the challenge.

Watch the incident below:

Many football fans around the world have accused Ramos of intentionally trying to hurt his opponent.

But what does Ramos think?

He was asked about the incident after the game and he maintained that it was completely unintentional.

"These things happen,” he said, per AS. “I didn't mean to catch him but he has taken it badly, and stayed down on the pitch."

Ramos and Messi clash over the elbow incident

That’s not a version of events that many Barcelona fans will agree with.

Ramos did speak with some class though, saying he congratulates them for the two wins.

"It isn't a nightmare for us, but it is true that the other day we couldn't convert our chances despite dominating and football is about goals," Ramos said, per Marca.

Ramos' elbow leaves Messi on the ground

"They were more effective than us and football is decided by goals.

"All we can do is congratulate them because, despite dominating the games, it hasn't been enough.

"They were two intense games with a very high level of effort from us, but there are no excuses.

"We had our chances, but when you don't score goals things will get away from you."

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