Barcelona's Neymar is congratulated by team mates after scoring a goal against Real Madrid during their Spanish first division "Clasico" soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona

Postmatch war of words follows El Clasico yet again

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El Clasico is never, ever over once the referee blows the whistle on full-time.

After Barcelona defeated Real Madrid 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday, fans were yet again treated to a litany of elations, accusations, and explanations.

The highlight of the bunch was Sergio Busquets, but we touch on Carlo Ancelotti first.

The Real Madrid manager didn’t hesitate to criticize the referee for what he believed to be two penalty shouts that were missed.

First, regarding Javier Mascherano’s push of Cristiano Ronaldo in the box with the score at 1-0, Ancelotti said, “I think it was a clear penalty. Everyone saw it except the referee.”

He then referred to a possible handball Adriano, saying, “That was a difficult decision, if he gives a penalty he will have to have given a card as well.” The potential card would have left Barcelona with 10-men, with Adriano already on a yellow.

Madrid defender Sergio Ramos agreed with Ancelotti regarding the first penalty, saying, “We have been harmed, the penalty was so clear. There are things that we can’t fight against.”

Busquets, having heard Ancelotti’s comments on the referee, condemned Los Blancos.

“Madrid crying about the referee? They always look for excuses. They have no reason to complain, not today, not earlier this season” said Busquets. “The easy excuse is by the referee. Same as always. They cannot complain precisely this year about the officials. But if they do, they do.”

Meanwhile, Neymar was savoring his goal that eventually boosted Barcelona to victory. “It was very emotional to score in the game in which all players want to play” said the 21-year-old. “I had seen many Clasicos, so it was great to play one. But it was so hard against a great team. Cristiano [Ronaldo] is a great player, but we have also many good players.”

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Los Angeles Galaxy became the second team in the Western Conference to clinch a berth in the playoffs following a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders. A terrible mistake from Seattle defender Zach Scott led to an easy goal for Robbie Keane, and it looked like that would be the winner until deep into stoppage time. In the 93rd minute, Chad Barrett got his knee on a corner kick to save a draw for Seattle, although the point was enough for LA. The Galaxy join FC Dallas as the two Western Conference teams headed to the postseason.

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Three moments that mattered

36′ — Robbie Keane capitalizes on Seattle’s mistake — Zach Scott misplayed a ball across the Sounders’ back line, as Robbie Keane intercepted the pass and finished one of the easiest goals he’s going to score. A true striker’s goal, Keane doesn’t miss ones like this.

64′ — Steven Gerrard denied by the woodwork — Los Angeles nearly made it 2-0 right after the hour mark, but Steven Gerrard was just inches off. Gerrard rose up to meet a corner kick from Juninho, but his header took a deflection and hit the crossbar before being cleared out of the box by Seattle.

90’+3′ — Chad Barrett finds a late, late equalizer — Just when it looked like LA was going to leave Seattle with a win, Chad Barrett stole a point for the Sounders. Marco Pappa whipped in a corner kick to the near post, which was flicked on by Brad Evans. Barrett surged into the box and got a knee on the ball as the match ended in a draw.

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Man of the match: Steven Gerrard

Goalscorers: Keane (36′), Barrett (90’+3′)

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

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Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

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Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)