Ramos: Missed chances cost Real Madrid in El Clasico

The defender thought the game was there for the taking in the first half before Luis Suarez went on to have the final say at Camp Nou

Sergio Ramos felt Real Madrid missed the chance to win El Clasico after squandering numerous first-half opportunities.

Having fallen behind to a Jeremy Mathieu header, the visitors came roaring back, Cristiano Ronaldo equalising to start a period of Madrid pressure which saw the Ballon d’Or winner denied by a wonderful save from Barca goalkeeper Claudio Bravo while Gareth Bale also saw a close-range effort ruled out due to a tight offside decision.

They were to prove pivotal moments as Barca had the better of the second period and made it count when Luis Suarez expertly sealed a 2-1 win which puts the Catalans four points clear at La Liga’s summit.

Ramos told Canal+: “We played a great rival and in the second half they were in control. We are disappointed not to have taken the chances we created in the first half. They are top but it is only four points.

“If we have learned anything it is that you can never give up. We have lost the league before having had a seven-point advantage and so have they. So we have to keep going.”

It was a typical Clasico with players looking to gain an advantage at all times but referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz emerged with great credit despite brandishing 11 yellow cards.

Ramos added: “This type of game requires concentration by all – players and the referee. You can’t blame anything on him. If there is one referee I admire it is him.”

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