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Messi Iniesta Suarez hang out with their Wags ahead of El Classico

Whenever FC Barcelona meets Real Madrid, one simply can not rule out fireworks on the 100-yard field.

"The two or three times that I coincided with him is charming because he is very reserved", Zidane said of Iniesta ahead of the game. Be it Camp Nou or San Bernabeu, the clash of titans is always a moment to savour.

And the bad blood did not stop there in a match in which the referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez dished out one red card to Sergi Roberto, eight yellow cards, including bookings for Ramos and Suarez. We both went out to play. "We knew what we were playing for".

Villarreal are still trying to secure a Europa League finish in La Liga, while Barcelona continue to target an unbeaten league season.

The duo had made a history between them-scoring a record 1,000 goals for their respective clubs in all completions. Suarez felt he had been elbowed by Sergio Ramos, prompting the first round of scuffles, before Messi was booked for flying into the defender on the touchline.




Ronaldo stayed on the bench and, without its star, Madrid couldn't impose its numerical advantage.

In between, Messi had played in Jordi Alba with a sumptuous ball over the top but even he lost his cool during five mad minutes at the end of the first period.

Suarez won the ball back from Raphael Varane after a side-to-side collision and passed to Messi, who used a blistering strike of his left boot to drive the ball just inside the post. With most of the players visibly exhausted and struggling to recover on defense, both sides had chances to get the win.

Tributes were paid to Iniesta before and after his final Clasico, with the 33-year-old, certainly never one to hog the limelight during his trophy-laden 16-year professional stint with Barcelona, coaxed back out of the dressing room to join his teammates during their lap of honour as adoring supporters showed their appreciation. Real Madrid wasted the opportunity to cut the deficit to second-placed Atletico Madrid, who were stunned by Espanyol 0-2 earlier in the day.

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