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Despite going onto to make 94 appearances in all for Madrid, his career at the Bernabeu never recovered as he lived in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale and was also ultimately usurped by the likes of Lucas Vazquez for first team opportunities.

Madrid, seeking its first league title since 2012, had been leading the league since the eighth round.

And the issue is made worse by a dubious call on Sunday that helped Real Madrid win and reclaim the top La Liga spot. He then powered a header past Javi Varas in the 89th minute to rescue a point for the deposed table leaders. He has a league-best 20 goals.

His suspension will be a blow for Real, with the forward having scored two goals since his comeback. It was his 27th goal against the Madrid club.

Barcelona, which has lifted three league trophies since then, trailed Madrid by as many as six points this season. "I respect referees a lot but every year we are told that a rebound does not warrant a penalty for handball and he interpreted it another way", the coach said.

Yes, their results of late have been disappointing, especially away from home where they've won only five points after 11 matches.

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"The referees try to be fair and sometimes they'll benefit you and sometimes they'll hurt you", Ramos said. "We will see where we stand in the final rounds".

What matters most to me are my players, they are respectful and professional. "We know it's always hard against Barcelona, and today it wasn't any different".

"Real" has not lost at home in the Example - 10 wins and two draws.

Espanyol is ninth, while Osasuna stayed last as its winless streak extended to 16 games. Las Palmas have been one of the freest flowing teams in the league this season and any La Liga fan knew that it would be a real test - however, few may have expected such an explosive game.

Opponents Sporting are in the relegation zone with 17 points from 24 games.

Los Blancos chose to rest Casemiro, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema for the visit of the islanders, who came into the game on the back of four straight defeats and lined up with ex-madridista Jese Rodriguez on the left wing.


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