It wasn't a classic in the Clásico but the two best players in the world's class told as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi both struck twice to earn Barcelona and Real Madrid a draw.

Barça, bereft of both Gerard Piqué and Carles Puyol, were so decimated that Queens Park Rangers' Clint Hill and Anton Ferdinand may have been welcome. But José Mourinho may well curse Karim Benzema and Angel Di María after the duo squandered great chances after Ronaldo gave Madrid the lead.

Messi poached to equalise for a 1-1 scoreline at half-time before he returned in the second period to execute his second superb free-kick of the season against Los Blancos.

Ronaldo, having scored six in two games over the past week, wasn't to be denied however. He evaded the Blaugrana's offside trap five minutes later to slot his shot past Victor Valdés and prevent Real falling 11 points behind their enemy.

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (L) vies with Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

  • FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Cristiano Ronaldo (Top) of Real Madrid duels in the air for the ball with Martin Montoya of Barcelona during the la Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) vies with Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Colours of Catalonia are displayed by football fans ahead of the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Pedro Rodriguez of FC Barcelona (L) duels for the ball with Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Mdrid CF at Camp Nou on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts during the la Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Pedro Rodriguez of FC Barcelona (L) duels for the ball with Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Mdrid CF at Camp Nou on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) vies with Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe (L) during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe (L) vies with Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Barcelona's midfielder Sergio Busquets (L) vies with Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

  • FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Javier Mascherano (L) of Barcelona shields Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid from the ball during the la Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas misses to save a goal scored by Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi on a free-kick during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Lionel Messi (R) of Barcelona celebrates scoring beside his teammate Jordi Alba during the la Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) celebrates his goal with teammates during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) scores a free kick during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

  • FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Lionel Messi (R) of Barcelona celebrates scoring beside his teammate Jordi Alba during the la Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas reacts after a second Barcelona's goal by Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • FBL-ESP-LIGA-BARCELONA-REAL MADRID

    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho reacts during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi scores his second goal during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) celebrates his goal during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) celebrates his second goal during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Barcelona's players congratulates Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) on scoring a goal during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF (L) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Mdrid CF at Camp Nou on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

  • FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF (L) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Mdrid CF at Camp Nou on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) vies with Real Madrid's midfielder Xabi Alonso during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's midfielder Xabi Alonso (L) vies withBarcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

  • FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF (R) duels for the ball with Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Mdrid CF at Camp Nou on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) falls past Barcelona's Brazilian defender Adriano during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi vies with Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe (L), Real Madrid's midfielder Xabi Alonso (C) and Real Madrid's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (R) during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF (R) duels for the ball with Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Mdrid CF at Camp Nou on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) vies with Real Madrid's midfielder Xabi Alonso (L) and Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos reacts during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) vies with Real Madrid's defender Alvaro Arbeloa during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe (C) argues with referee during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) spits as Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) walks during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. The game ended in a draw 2-2. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    The referee shows a yellow card to Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe (C) during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Barcelona's forward Pedro Rodriguez reacts after missing an opportunity to score at the end of the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) reacts in front Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / JOSE JORDAN (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO/ JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after falling during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho (R) reacts past Barcelona's coach Tito Vilanova during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. The game ended in a draw 2-2.AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/GettyImages)

  • FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Jordi Alba of FC Barcelona (L) duels for the ball with Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Mdrid CF at Camp Nou on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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    Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish League Clasico football match FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid CF on October 7, 2012 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGO (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF (L) celebrates after scoring his team's second goalduring the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Mdrid CF at Camp Nou on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)