Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Mosul Offensive: New phase in battle for Iraq's second city (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Mosul Offensive: New phase in battle for Iraq's second city (part 2)

Read more

ENCORE!

Kiwi indie heroes The Naked and Famous reflect on life after 'Young Blood'

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

France's election: 'The Russians are doing what they can to bring down Macron'

Read more

FOCUS

North Dakota: Sioux tribe stands firm against pipeline project

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Georgian foreign minister discusses ties with EU, NATO

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

NATO chief Stoltenberg: US is 'strongly committed to NATO'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Climate change agreements: The US blows cold, what will the EU do?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

No mood to party: Some Brazilian cities are cancelling carnival

Read more

Sports

Messi and Ronaldo star as Barca draw 2-2 with Real

Latest update : 2012-10-08

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals each before La Liga's "El Clasico" clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday. Ronaldo grabbed an equaliser for Real minutes after Messi had given Barca a 2-1 lead.

Real Madrid came away with a point but failed to secure the victory they needed to trim the gap on leaders Barcelona when the outstanding Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo each struck twice in an attritional 2-2 draw in La Liga on Sunday.

A stuttering start by Jose Mourinho’s side had left them eight points behind their great rivals after six matches, threatening to derail their title defence before it had even got off the ground.
 
While they will take comfort from preventing Barca making it seven wins out of seven this term, they may feel they let slip an opportunity in the opening league ‘Clasico’ of the campaign after Ronaldo gave them a 23rd-minute lead in front of almost 100,000 fans packed into an electric Nou Camp arena.
 
With millions more around the world watching the heavyweight clash, Messi levelled eight minutes later after a defensive lapse by Pepe and the Argentine World Player of the Year curled in a stunning free kick just after the hour to make it 2-1.
 
Real were level within five minutes when Mesut Ozil slid the ball through to Ronaldo and the Portuguese forward beat Victor Valdes for a second time with a powerful low strike.
 
Barca came close to a winner in a frenetic ending when substitute Martin Montoya crashed a long-range effort against the crossbar in the 89th minute and Pedro dashed on to an Andres Iniesta pass in stoppage time only to fire wastefully wide.
 
“We were superior at times but it was a very even game,” Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets said in an interview with Spanish television.
 
“Everything is the way it was but with one match less,” added the Spain international.
 
Undefeated Barca have 19 points from seven games, three ahead of Atletico Madrid, who host third-placed Malaga in Sunday’s late kickoff.
 Real, who have already lost twice, the same number of defeats as they suffered in the whole of last season, are fifth on 11 points.

 

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2012-10-07

  • CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Chelsea, Barcelona take Champions League victories

    Read more

  • FOOTBALL

    Real Madrid beat Barca 2-1 to take Spanish Super Cup

    Read more

  • SPANISH FOOTBALL

    Barcelona's Guardiola signs off with cup final triumph

    Read more

COMMENT(S)