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Ronaldo substituted at halftime in Barcelona game, Zidane plays down injury

Ronaldo substituted at halftime in Barcelona game, Zidane plays down injuryā€¯

Goals from former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi either side of a Ronaldo equaliser had given Barcelona a 2-1 lead.

Both Marca and AS reported that Ronaldo will not play in Madrid's game at Sevilla on Wednesday or against Celta Vigo on Saturday as he prepares to be fully fit to face Liverpool on May 26 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Real keeper Keylor Navas had saved superbly from Messi before Barca's hopes were hit in first-half injury time when Sergi Roberto and Marcelo appeared to clash off the ball, and the home player sent off.

Barcelona stayed unbeaten through 35 league matches this season and extended its record run to 42 consecutive games without a loss.

Barca is now three matches away from an unbeaten season.

It was Luiz Suarez who drew first blood by scoring the first goal in the 10 minute of the game.

Iniesta of FC Barcelona faces the media

'We always respect Barcelona but in that play I thought kicking the ball out was not necessary'.

Speaking after the game, however, Real manager Zinedine Zidane said "we're not anxious about the final", but added that "I can't say how long he'll be out for".

Though Ronaldo eventually finished the opening 45 minutes, which saw Sergi Roberto sent off in the closing stages for Barcelona, he was replaced by Marco Asensio when the teams emerged for the second half.

Barca seemed happy overall to survive playing the entire second half with 10 men, and they did very well under the circumstances. We had to get over that but it is also true we wanted to win, and we had chances. With nothing to lose and Barcelona already been declared as the La Liga Champions for the 2017-18 season, both the teams left no stone unturned to define their supremacy in the Spanish league.

Atletico Madrid lost at the Wanda Metropolitano for the first time in La Liga as Espanyol snatched a surprise 2-0 victory on Sunday.

Garcia has now offered his take on what Ronaldo will have in mind as he considers his options going forward.

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