Sergio Ramos strikes late to save Real Madrid from El Clasico defeat at Barcelona

Zinedine Zidane's side hold the advantage in the La Liga title race

Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos, El Clasico

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Sergio Ramos headed in a 90th minute goal to give Real Madrid a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in the first El Clasico clash of the season in Spain.

The Spain international defender was unmarked as he met an inviting free-kick from Luka Modric at the Nou Camp and planted a close range header past Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen.

The result means La Liga leaders Real don't lose any ground to Barcelona in the title race and earn an important away point.

The gap between the sides remain six points.

Real Madrid shaded a goalless first half. But Barcelona were much improved in the second.

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez headed in Neymar's free-kick to make it 1-0.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

With Andres Iniesta introduced as a substitute after returning from six weeks out due to injury and contributed to an improved midfield showing for Barca.

They wasted further chances with Neymar cutting in and firing over a great opportunity, before Lionel Messi dragged shot wide after Iniesta played him in. 

And they would rue those missed opportunities as Arda Turan conceded a needless foul on Marcelo on the right-hand touchline.

Modric swung in the free-kick and Ramos got on the end of it to secure the draw.

Barcelona did have another chance with 30 seconds to go but Real were able to clear an effort off the line.