Barcelona shot themselves in the leg in their clash against Madrid at the Camp Nou, as Ramos’ 90th minute equalizer made the hosts pay for their many missed chances.

Suarez had put Barca in the lead with a header after Neymar’s corner kick found his head in the 2nd half, but clear-cut misses from the Brazilian and Messi gave Real Madrid hope, and their skipper bailed them out as he has always done. At the death.

Modric’s freekick located an unmarked Ramos, and the defender made no mistake powering a header beyond Stegen. The result leaves Real still 6 points ahead of Barcelona, and unbeaten in 33 games across all competitions.

Here is a combined XI rating the performances of the best players from the El Clasico.



Made a couple of saves to deny Ronaldo, who despite a quite game did find some chances at goal.

Rating : 8/10


Made an impact all game. Attacked well and did well to block a Ronaldo header that looked goal-bound.

Rating : 7/10


Impressive defending and overall display, but was caught napping with Ramos’ header when his height might have helped Barcelona most.

Rating : 8/10


A scorer of trademark late headers. Saved Madrid’s blushes in the end after a great defensive showing all game.

Rating : 8/10


Definitely one of his best, if not his best performance at the position.

Did well at the back and also when going forward. Definitely a better outing than Carvajal at the opposite end.

Rating : 8/10


Saved Madrid with that inch-perfect freekick that picked out Ramos with precision.

Had a great game in the middle of the pack and made some timely tackles.

Rating : 8/10


Man of the match. Hands down.

Deserved to be on the winning end for putting in his best performance in years.

Rating : 8/10


Another great outing from the youngster who might have just edged Casemiro to a starting spot because of his extra influence as a box-to-box midfielder.

Rating : 7/10


Not his best night and only slightly edged out Vazquez out due to winning the freekick which he also delivered to Suarez’s head.

Rating : 7/10


A fine header despite a not too impressive performance, but definitely takes this spot ahead of Ronaldo.

Rating : 8/10


Missed a chance to put Barcelona in a commanding lead but still more impressive than the quiet Benzema.

Rating : 7/10

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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