Barcelona yesterday held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw at home. The Barca side was leading after Luis Suarez’s header from a free kick by Neymar in the 53rd minute.
However, the opportunity by Barca to displace Real Madrid from the top of the table was dimmed when Sergio Ramos stepped up once more for Real Madrid and scoring in the 90th minute to secure a 1-1 draw at Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday.
“(Ramos) always shows up for games like this one,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “He never gives up. That is what Sergio brings.”
According to the Associated Press, The Spain defender charged in to head Luka Modric’s free kick past goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who got a hand on the ball but couldn’t keep it out.
The stalemate favored Zidane’s Madrid, which left Camp Nou with its six-point advantage atop the table intact with Barcelona second.
“Our effort paid off,” Ramos said. “We were able to maintain the difference. We can’t go crazy. There is still a long way to go, but we depend on ourselves.”
Madrid, which also extended its unbeaten streak to 33 consecutive matches, is searching for its first domestic league title since 2012.
Ramos’ goal on Saturday stunned Barcelona, which was on the verge of reviving its title defense.
Instead, it has now drawn three rounds in a row and only won two of its last seven matches overall, a particularly poor run for a side boasting an attack of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez.
Saturday’s other results smiled on Madrid, as Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal all failed to win.
Third-placed Sevilla fell seven points adrift of Madrid after losing 2-1 at Granada, which earned its first league win of the season.
Fourth-placed Atletico remained nine points back after drawing 0-0 with visiting Espanyol, while Villarreal was fifth after being held.