A late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty helped Real Madrid prevent Barcelona from taking all three points in last night's El Clasico.

Ronaldo's 82nd-minute spot-kick cancelled out Lionel Messi's 53rd-minute penalty for Barca, which came following an incident that also saw Madrid defender Raul Albiol sent off.

Ronaldo's equaliser could prove a crucial morale booster for Madrid ahead of Wednesday's Copa del Rey final and their subsequent Champions League semi-finals against the Catalan giants, but this result leaves Barca within touching distance of the Primera Division title.

They remain eight points clear with only six games left now, while they also boast the better head-to-head record against Madrid having won 5-0 at the Nou Camp earlier this season.

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