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May 6, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance: 97,939
Barcelona
2-2
Real Madrid
Suarez (10'), Messi (52')
Roberto (45')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Ronaldo (14'), Bale (72')

Zinedine Zidane congratulates Barcelona on La Liga title win

Zidane congratulates Barca on title win
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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane congratulates Barcelona on their title win following an ill-tempered Clasico which ended 2-2 at Camp Nou.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has congratulated Barcelona on their La Liga title triumph following the 2-2 draw between the two sides in Sunday's Clasico at Camp Nou.

Zidane controversially instructed his players not to form a guard of honour for Barcelona prior to the match, setting the tone for an ill-tempered game which saw eight yellow cards, one red card for Sergi Roberto and a number of controversial refereeing decisions.

Barcelona ultimately held out with a numerical disadvantage for 45 minutes to earn a draw which keeps their hopes of an unbeaten season alive, and Zidane acknowledged that both teams contributed to a "great game".

"I would liked to have won. In a Clasico where there was nothing at stake, it was a great game. We both went out to play. We both played a great game and football is always the most important thing, more so than the controversies," he told reporters in his post-match press conference.

"It was a difficult match for the referee, but I'm not going to get involved, it's tough. There's been a bit of everything but that isn't going to change anything at the end. It is done.

"We played a good game [before the red card] and, in contrast, with the extra man we were a bit worse. We needed to have a little more patience, but that doesn't change anything. We must congratulate Barcelona."

Madrid, who still sit third in the table, have three league games remaining before facing Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 26.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1273234181624
2Sevilla1272324141023
3Atletico MadridAtletico12651168823
4AlavesAlaves127231712523
5Espanyol126331610621
6Real Madrid126242016420
7Real Valladolid1245399017
8Levante125251819-117
9GironaGirona124531314-117
10Real Sociedad124441514116
11Getafe124441110116
12Real Betis124441215-316
13EibarEibar124351218-615
14Celta Vigo123542220214
15Valencia1228289-114
16Villarreal122551113-211
17Athletic Bilbao121741319-610
18Leganes12246916-710
19Rayo Vallecano121471425-117
20Huesca121381025-156

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