Copa Del Rey: Messi unable to inspire Barca winner as Madrid hold on for draw


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Real Madrid picked up a proportion of reclamation at the Camp Nou by holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday and taking the advantage in the semi-last of Copa del Rey.

Neither Lionel Messi nor Gareth Bale were named in the beginning line-ups for this first leg however their substitutions filled the void as Malcom’s twisting shot offset an early opener from Lucas Vazquez.

Following a great opening 20 minutes, Madrid were generally second best in a convincing, if unspectacular, Clasico however the outcome abandons them all around put heading into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on February 27.

For Santiago Solari’s side, a versatile, gutsy showcase will likewise help eradicate the memory of their embarrassment here in October, when they were whipped 5-1, an outcome that caused Julen Lopetegui to be sacked the next day.

“Examinations are unhelpful,” said Solari. “In any case, this outcome indicates how hard the group is functioning.”

Messi, who had been battling with a thigh issue, and Bale, who faces a battle for spot subsequent to recouping from calf damage, both went ahead after the hour however neither could rouse a victor.

Rather, it was Vazquez, and two energetic Brazilians that became the overwhelming focus. Vazquez scored however Vinicius Junior, the most youthful Real Madrid player to highlight in a Clasico this century, was his group’s most noteworthy risk until the 18-year-old left in the second half.

“I’m not amazed by how he plays in light of the fact that I’ve known him since he arrived,” said Solari. “Be that as it may, a 18-year-old kid playing and creating along these lines, that is an astonishment.”

Malcom was similarly as eccentric and at last, it was the 21-year-old’s mediation that keeps Barca on level terms.

“The tie is in a critical position,” mentor Ernesto Valverde said. “A draw is a reasonable reflection,” said Sergio Busquets.

Scarcely 10 seconds had gone before Toni Kroos snapped into Ivan Rakitic, setting the tone for what was a prevailing opening spell from Madrid.

Vinicius drove the way. He was dauntless, brimming with blemishes and inconsistent choices however conveying breakthrough moments too when Madrid were at their generally compromising.

Benzema sets up Vazquez

He jinked inside Nelson Semedo and teed up Kroos before delivering the cross that made the objective, an angling ball over the head of Jordi Alba, which Karim Benzema tucked back for Vazquez to jab in.

Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho were both imprudent under lock and key however Vinicius needed accuracy to underwrite, first abandoning into Benzema and after that misreading the Frenchman’s run.

Barca had been similarly as unhinged, with Luis Suarez notwithstanding stumbling over his very own feet. In any case, they enhanced and after thirty minutes, were in the command.

Malcom missed a one-on-one and after that turned into their best player for a period, crossing for Rakitic to head against the bar and teeing up Suarez to sting the hands of Keylor Navas.

The home fans called Messi’s name toward the beginning of the second half and when he ran up the touchline in the blink of an eye before the hour, they thundered as though for an objective.

They did that not long after as well, after an equalizer of confusion and quality in equivalent measure. Navas surged out to square Alba before Suarez twisted a splendid shot that beat the plunging Sergio Ramos however not the post.

It spilled to Malcom despite everything he had work to do, 20 yards out with white shirts in front. He found a hole.

Messi went ahead, alongside Arturo Vidal, Bale and Casemiro. Vinicius was among those to clear a path, his splendid begin blurring with weakness.

Neither one of the sides appeared to be certain the amount to submit for a victor. Messi twice weaved through however the most obvious opportunity tumbled to Bale, who got from Benzema after Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s skewed freedom. The objective was open however Bale’s touch was substantial and Semedo made an essential square.


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