Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos dealt one-match ban for Lionel Messi challenge

  • Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos dealt one-match ban for Lionel Messi challenge

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos dealt one-match ban for Lionel Messi challenge

Both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had earlier missed good opportunities to give their sides the lead in a visibly controversial contest.

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring Barcelona's third goal.

Despite this unfortunate outcome, Real still have the title in their own hands as they look ahead to the final six games of the campaign.

Messi celebrated the goal by taking off his shirt and holding it aloft, which some interpreted as a sign he is poised to sign a contract extension with Barca.

Madrid's Sergio Ramos stayed true to form, receiving a straight red card for a reckless two-footed tackle on Messi - his second-successive season being sent off in an El Clasico.

"He is the best player in the history of the game, and I have seen a lot of football and a lot of videos".

"I did not applaud the referee when I walked off", he added.

"Messi makes the difference in his team", Zidane was quoted saying, according to the Spanish publication.

"To score in the 92nd minute is a huge confidence boost", said Enrique, who is to leave the club at the end of the season.

The newspaper added that the five-time Ballon d'Or victor had again proved the difference in Spanish football's most famous rivalry. "After years and years, he continues to be decisive".

Pique said: "I believe the result was deserved, because winning at the Bernabeu is very hard". Would the fact it's Zidane make a difference? "It is an honour and a blessing for the club to have him". I'm not sure there's enough genuine competition for three or four places in that starting XI.

"We had many goalscoring chances, but couldn't bring the game under control".

Rakitic made him pay with a long-range strike that flew beyond Navas and then Ramos was dismissed as he lunged in on Messi recklessly.

Barcelona had earlier fought back from one-goal down, with Messi cancelling out Casemiro's close-range finish.

"Leo, my brother, I am sending you a message to congratulate you on your 500 goals".