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Ten-man Madrid fight back to deny Barcelona

Published: Sunday 17 April 2011, 0.15CET
Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half penalty helped ten-man Real Madrid CF earn a hard-fought point against FC Barcelona after Lionel Messi had opened the scoring from the spot.
Ten-man Madrid fight back to deny Barcelona
Madrid and Barcelona shared the points in the Spanish capital ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 17 April 2011, 0.15CET

Ten-man Madrid fight back to deny Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half penalty helped ten-man Real Madrid CF earn a hard-fought point against FC Barcelona after Lionel Messi had opened the scoring from the spot.

The first of four tussles between Spanish giants Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona ended all square as the ten-man hosts came from behind to earn a share of the spoils at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Barcelona had been on course for victory after Raúl Albiol brought down David Villa in the box and Lionel Messi converted from the spot, but Cristiano Ronaldo's 82nd-minute penalty meant Josep Guardiola's side were unable to extend their eight-point lead at the top of the table.

The opening Clásico instalment started in a cagey manner with both sides feeling their way into the contest before Barcelona's plentiful possession began to take its toll. Andrés Iniesta, so often at the heart of Barça's slick attacking play, lofted a delightful pass over Madrid's square defence for Messi, but the Argentinian forward failed to lift the ball beyond the onrushing Iker Casillas. Moments later, the Madrid No1 was on hand again to deny the Liga's leading marksman at his near post.

The hosts almost took an undeserved lead in first-half stoppage time, but Adriano cleared Ronaldo's header off the line with Víctor Valdés beaten. José Mourinho's men started the second half on the front foot as well, only to find themselves a goal and a man down shortly after a Ronaldo free-kick had come back off a post. Albiol wrestled Villa to the ground inside the area and Messi converted from the spot for his 30th goal of the campaign. The visitors then threatened to extend their lead, Xavi Hernández clipping the crossbar after good play from Pedro Rodríguez.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Madrid equalised eight minutes from time through Ronaldo's penalty, after Marcelo had been upended by Daniel Alves. The Merengues almost clinched an unlikely victory when Emmanuel Adebayor squared for Sami Khedira, but Valdés kept out the Germany midfielder and ultimately kept the home side at arm's length in the title race.

Elsewhere, Valencia CF consolidated their position in third with a convincing 3-0 victory away against UD Almería, who are now four points adrift at the bottom. A Júlio Baptista double helped Málaga CF beat RCD Mallorca 3-0 and lift Manuel Pellegrini's side up to 17th, while Miku's 76th-minute strike for Getafe CF dented Sevilla FC's hopes of a top-four finish.

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Last updated: 17/04/11 1.20CET

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Spanish Liga 2010/11

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HomeAway
Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

17/04/2011

EspanyolEspanyol2-2AtléticoAtlético

Osvaldo 38, 58

Koke 2, Agüero 49

Venue: Barcelona

17/04/2011

OsasunaOsasuna1-2AthleticAthletic

Kike Sola 51

Llorente 69, Muniain 90

Venue: Pamplona

17/04/2011

LevanteLevante2-1HérculesHércules

Rubén Suárez 5, Juanlu Gómez 43

Trezeguet 82

Venue: Valencia

17/04/2011

DeportivoDeportivo2-0RacingRacing

Lassad 45+2, Xisco 49

Venue: La Coruna

17/04/2011

Real SociedadReal Sociedad2-1Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Griezmann 32, 79

De las Cuevas 69

Venue: San Sebastian

16/04/2011

Real MadridReal Madrid1-1BarcelonaBarcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo 82 (p)

Messi 53 (p)

Venue: Madrid

16/04/2011

AlmeríaAlmería0-3ValenciaValencia

Soldado 51, Stankevičius 67, Jordi Alba 81

Venue: Almeria

16/04/2011

GetafeGetafe1-0SevillaSevilla

Miku 76

Venue: Madrid

16/04/2011

MálagaMálaga3-0MallorcaMallorca

Fernández 26, Baptista 40, 57

Venue: Malaga

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