THERE is no such thing as a friendly El Clasico – as last night’s encounter in Las Vegas proved.
But in typical El Clasico style the game was not without its feisty moments.
The game boiled over just before the break following a trademark run by the scintillating Vinicius Jr.
The Brazilian star was cynically hacked to the ground by Jordi Alba – and he did not take it well.
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Vinicius and his team-mate Rodyrgo got tangled up in a shoving match with Barca icon Sergio Busquets following the tackle.
That sparked players from both sides – including Hazard and Rudiger – to pile in for a pushing contest.
Hazard held back Busquets while the Barca midfielder grabbed a handful of Vinicius’ shirt as the Belgian tried to calm the tensions.
Former Blues ace Rudiger also acted as peacemaker.
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Both Hazard and Rudiger started for Real Madrid in the 1-0 defeat to LaLiga rivals Barcelona.
Champions League winners Real were without talisman Karim Benzema for the pre-season friendly.
And his absence showed.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side failed to register a single shot on target in the entire 90 minutes.