Oct 7, 2012 at 6.50pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Barcelona
2-2
Real Madrid
Messi (31', 61')
Pedro (40'), Busquets (54')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Ronaldo (23', 66')
Alonso (43'), Özil (57'), Pepe (78'), Arbeloa (90')

Lionel Messi says draw with Real Madrid was a "beautiful" match to play in

Messi enjoyed
© PA Photos
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi thinks that the 2-2 El Clasico draw with Real Madrid was a "beautiful" match to play in.

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has declared that the 2-2 draw with Real Madrid was a "beautiful" match.

Messi matched Cristiano Ronaldo by bagging a brace in the El Clasico clash at the Nou Camp, a result that keeps Barca six points clear of their title rivals in La Liga.

The Argentine forward also insisted that the championship race is still very much alive at this early stage of the season.

He said: "It was a beautiful game, we could have won, and they also could have won.

"We seek to win but it's not easy. We played against Madrid and we knew it would be very complicated. We were close to ending only five points above.

"We went to look for the result but we knew we had in front a very good Real Madrid team, with very good players. We're still eight points clear but we know that there is still much to play for."

Messi and Ronaldo are level on eight goals in the race for the golden boot in Spain, with Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao in the lead with nine goals in seven league games.

Radamel Falcao
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