There was the important save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who denied Ronaldo early on. We had to get over that but it is also true we wanted to win, and we had chances.
Avoiding defeat stretches Barca's unbeaten run in La Liga to 35 games as they look to go the entire season without losing, and in celebration of their title-winning campaign, Pique gathered a number of Barcelona staff members to orchestrate the customary 'pasillo'.
Real fans were probably ready to bury the Wales worldwide for his poor outing at half-time, but after Marco Asensio replaced Ronaldo, Bale grew into the match and eventually found the equaliser. "The Champions League final?"
The knock on his ankle, sustained whilst scoring Real Madrid's equaliser at Camp Nou yesterday is not of a serious nature.
With Barcelona already Spanish league champion and Madrid focused on its Champions League final later this month, it was supposed to be the most low-key "clasico" in years. They meet Liverpool in the final in Kiev, Ukraine on 26 May.
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Madrid felt Jordi Alba brought Marcelo down in the box but the referee waved away the appeals, before Messi missed two late openings as the last Clasico of the season ended with the spoils shared.
Subsequently, Ronaldo was forced to limp off the field as Madrid went on to secure a 2-2 draw against 10-man Barcelona after Gareth Bale struck in the 72nd minute to cancel out Lionel Messi's superb individual effort in the 52nd minute.
In particular, the Spanish global was not happy with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, would have been determined to spoil the party.
A total of 28 fouls were committed, for which the referee had to show the yellow card for 8 times; whereas, a sole red card was shown to Barcelona's Sergi Roberto in the fag-end of the first half.
Cristiano Ronaldo tied the score four minutes later.