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Zinedine Zidane and Andres Iniesta share touching embrace after El Clasico

Following battle on field two of greatest midfielders of their generations show immense respect for each other at Nou Camp

ZINEDINE ZIDANE patiently waited for Andres Iniesta to finish his post-match interview so the pair could engage in a touching embrace.

Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid was the Barcelona icon’s final El Clasico, having announced recently that he would be leaving the club after more than two decades this summer.

Andres Iniesta is substituted on 58 minutes against Real Madrid

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Andres Iniesta is substituted on 58 minutes against Real Madrid

Iniesta, 33, received a standing ovation when he was substituted on 58 minutes.

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And, after the match, Zidane paid his own personal tribute in the tunnel with a huge show of the respect as he embraced his former on-field rival.

It was lovely moment, which came on the back of a fiery affair on the Nou Camp pitch.

Sergi Roberto became the 19th player to receive a red card in the past 35 Clasico clashes after he lashed out at Marcelo just before half-time.

Andres Iniesta leaves Nou Camp pitch to hero's welcome after El Clasico

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Andres Iniesta leaves Nou Camp pitch to hero’s welcome after El Clasico

Unfortunately, the sending off restricted Ernesto Valverde’s movements from the bench and Iniesta was not afforded to heroic send-off he would have hoped for.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring on on ten minutes — but Cristiano Ronaldo soon levelled proceedings and equalled Alfredo Di Stefano’s Clasico haul of 18 goals.

However, despite being down to ten men, Barcelona restored their advantage when Lionel Messi struck his 25th Clasico goal.

Gareth Bale, who was lucky to still have been on the pitch, netted a second equaliser for Los Blancos with a stunning effort on 72 minutes.