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Ernesto Valverde: 'Lack of VAR in El Clasico a good thing'

Ernesto Valverde: 'Lack of VAR in El Clasico a good thing'”

Barcelona famously refused to offer Real the traditional "pasillo" after the capital club returned home with the Club World Cup trophy in December, prompting Zinedine Zidane's men to follow in a similar fashion on Sunday.

"We always respect Barcelona but in that play I thought kicking the ball out was not necessary".

Ronaldo had seen Barca take the lead at Camp Nou inside 10 minutes through Luis Suarez. Roberto dribbled the ball up the right flank to set up Suarez's score.

Conversely, Benzema and Ronaldo were both excellent, regularly showing fluid movement and unsafe intent to repeatedly put Barca under pressure, but whether Bale's goal was enough to convince Zidane that he should receive a more prominent role from now on is dubious.

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Ronaldo started the move by teeing up Toni Kroos on the overlap, the Germany midfielder's cross nodded into the middle by Benzema and the Portugal superstar tapped in on the line despite the close attention of Gerard Pique. He led Madrid's push forward and was only stopped when Marc-Andre ter Stegen closed out to block his shot.

Messi received a yellow card in the 45th minute for a poor slide into Sergio Ramos. Marcelo fell down and the referee didn't hesitate in flashing the red card.

"It's odd if Sergi did hit Marcelo in the face, knowing Sergi as I do. VAR?"

Already touted as the world's best player, Messi, in the presence of Ronaldinho, stamped his authority on El Clasico in a way that would become familiar over the following decade.

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There was more than a hint of fortune in Messi's goal as Suarez clearly appeared to foul Raphael Varane before then finding his fellow South American, but there was still plenty to do and Messi did it brilliantly, sidestepping past two defenders before rifling a precise low finish past Keylor Navas into the bottom left corner.

Ronaldo, who appeared to be injured in the process of scoring, was replaced by Marco Asensio at half-time, while Nelson Semedo plugged the gap left by Roberto by coming on for Philippe Coutinho. He got a little bit of space from Jordi Alba and took advantage.

Iniesta is expected to head to the Chinese Super League at the end of the season, but for now his focus remains on helping champions Barca to end this LaLiga season undefeated. "We knew what we were playing for".

"Still, I appreciate the effort that my players made, playing with 10 for the entire second half and not against just any team but rather Real Madrid".

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