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Ramos rescues Real to maintain six-point lead

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Playing at Camp Nou hasn't always been a pleasant experience for Barcelona this season. One more win or draw for Real against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night will equal the club's all-time unbeaten run of 34 matches, set in the 1988-89 season. 1-1 it ended in the most anticipated game of the season in Spain.

Real Madrid defender said. Two Brazilians started the match at the Camp Nou - Neymar for Barca and Marcelo for Real.

The vital point allows first placed Real to maintain its distance in the league from Barcelona who is sitting second, trailing by six points.

Meanwhile Villarreal's poor run of form continued as a boring 0-0 draw away to Leganes prevented them from closing the gap on the top three and Fran Escriba's men have won just one of their last five league games. "We have to keep on working", he commented, before highlighting the performance of Luka Modric in the Madrid midfield and the tactical flexibility shown by his players.

Pique and Barca now find themselves six points adrift of their oldest foes after 14 games played in La Liga.

Victory against Madrid also would have helped re-establish the team's confidence after an unusual sequence of disappointing results.

Index reports that the Catalan La Vanguardia called Modric "LORD OF THE FIELD" adding that: "The Croat has been the backbone of Real Madrid". Among the setbacks was a 1-1 draw against third-division club Hercules in the Copa del Rey, when Luis Enrique rested his regular starters.

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Saturday's other results smiled on Madrid, as Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal all failed to win. But much to his frustration, Zidane made a decision to save him from another booking which had Real scrambling to knit passes together also allowing Barca to win back possession easily.

Suarez headed home Neymar's free kick in the 53rd minute to fire the hosts into the lead, and Barcelona had a number of chances to double their advantage. Both missed from close range.

Andres Iniesta came on in the 59th minute, replacing Ivan Rakitic, to a huge swell of applause, the little playmaker making his return after over a month on the sidelines.

"I think we deserved to win this game, that's why there's big disappointment. We were unable to cut the margin", the former Barcelona star said. The victor at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will secure first place in Group F. Borussia arrives with a two-point lead over the defending champions.

Its next Spanish league game is at Osasuna on Saturday.

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