No more room for error for Madrid after loss to Barcelona

Ross Houston
April 28, 2017

Ter Stegen, who signed for Barcelona from German side Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2014, made 12 saves against Madrid - the highest tally by a Barca keeper in at least a decade.

Ramos also applauded as he departed the Santiago Bernabeu pitch, with Madrid's appeal against the dismissal having been rejected by the competition committee of the RFEF, which described the foul on Messi as a "violent act" in its ruling. "He is the best player for me in history and I have seen a lot of football", said Barca boss Luis Enrique as he celebrated victory in his final Clasico in charge.

Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with nearly the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Messi's second goal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday was a last-minute victor that gave him 500 career goals with Barcelona, and he was honored for the milestone before the Osasuna game, with a huge banner displayed on the stands with the words "Thank you Leo". "On the basis of yesterday's game I would say Messi is the best player of all times".

And captain Iniesta admits he's still surprised by his team-mate.

"After so many years, he continues to be the difference". For us, it's an honour to play with him.

Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer also scored twice for Barcelona, and Javier Mascherano netted his first goal with the Catalan club to complete the rout. "At 2-2 we should have used our heads more", said the Frenchman.

Midfielder Raul Garcia scored in the last minute for Athletic Bilbao to beat 10-man Eibar 1-0 in the Spanish league on Monday, moving his team into position to qualify for the Europa League next season.

"Leo's 500th goal had to be special, just like he is", Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said.

But Gomes and Messi both got their second goals of the evening either side of the hour mark to put the game to bed and Paco Alcacer and Javier Mascherano, the latter from the penalty spot, quickly added gloss to the scoreline with just 67 minutes on the clock.

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