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Cris De Lacerda | 24 Abril, 2017, 07:04

Messi netted from inside the area after a cross by Jordi Alba two minutes into stoppage time of the clasico, leaving the rivals level on points at the top of the table.

El Clasico, the world biggest football match can get bloody and Real Madrid literally drew first blood at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Messi then answered five minutes later with a fine solo goal - the Barca star picking up Rakitic's pass at the semi-circle and weaving through a thicket of Real defenders before coolly slotting past Keylor Navas with his left foot.

Sergio Ramos was given his fifth Clasico red card minutes later for a wild, two-footed challenge on Messi who had pushed the ball well past the Spain global down the right.

Messi was seen sporting a black eye and missing teeth after the match, according to Press Association.

Indeed, he only lasted 38 minutes, with Real Madrid's game plan scrapped as he limped off having aggravated his hamstring.

Cristiano Ronaldo has made a habit of defying his critics and will try to do so again by leading Real Madrid one step closer to the Spanish title with a win.

A new hero emerged for Real Madrid, though, with James coming off the bench to score a massive equalizer.

The Brazilian opened the scoring for Madrid in the 28th minute, tapping home at the back post after Ramos had fired Marcelo's cross against the post.

At the other end, Barca were making chances but Suarez and Messi were unable to convert.

Ronaldo then tested Marc-Andre ter Stegen with two efforts, the second - after he had cut inside Gerard Pique - forcing the goalkeeper into a magnificent one-handed save.

Messi was the driving force behind this Barcelona win, with Enrique's side back in the thick of the title race. He redirected a cross by Marcelo only three minutes after he had entered the match to replace Karim Benzema. It was a left footed shot from the left side of the six-yard box to the center of the goal following a corner.

Paco Alcacer takes the place of the suspended Neymar for Barcelona. Sure, there was little contact made, but such a challenge was only ever going to end up with the referee showing him a red card.