Spanish Copa del Rey - 1st Leg
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Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid: Malcom's equaliser sets up mouth-watering second leg

Lucas Vazquez
Lucas Vazquez scores the opener for Real Madrid

Malcom's spectacular equaliser earned Barcelona a draw against rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final at the Nou Camp.

Real went ahead through Lucas Vazquez in the sixth minute following a brilliant assist from Karim Benzema.

Holders Barcelona, who started without Lionel Messi, had stuttered in attack despite the efforts of a bright Malcom.

And the Brazilian deserved his goal to line up a mouth-watering second leg at the Bernabeu on 27 February.

Barcelona, who are aiming for their fifth Copa del Rey in a row, lacked fluidity going forward - and the inspirational Messi who was left on the bench after an injury scare.

And with Gareth Bale also left on the bench for Real it was two Brazilian youngsters - 18-year-old Real forward Vinicius Junior and Malcom, 21, who took centre stage.

Vinicius (left) and Malcom
Vinicius (left) and Malcom were both playing in their first El Clasicos

Vinicius, who joined from Flamengo for £38.7m in 2018, caused plenty of problems for Barcelona's defence with his pace and dribbling.

He set up Real's goal - delivering a cross from the left to the feet of Benzema who passed to Vazquez for a simple finish - and had more shots (four) in the first half than the entire Barcelona team.

Malcom's wicked curling free-kick found Ivan Rakitic who headed against the crossbar in the 31st minute.

The former Bordeaux forward then pounced for the equaliser in the 57th minute following a scrappy period of play which saw Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas block a charging run from Jordi Alba.

Luis Suarez picked up the ball and saw his shot blocked on the line before Malcom brilliantly smashed home the rebound.

Messi came off the Barca bench on 63 minutes but, despite plenty of threat, could not help his side find a winner.

This was the first of three El Clasico meetings in less than four weeks, with Real much improved from their 5-1 thrashing the last time the sides met in La Liga in October.

Real have the chance to move above city rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga with a derby win on Saturday, while leaders Barcelona travel to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson SemedoBooked at 43mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18AlbaBooked at 58mins
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forVidalat 63'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 5Busquets
  • 8Arthur
  • 14MalcomSubstituted forAleñáat 76'minutes
  • 9SuárezBooked at 56mins
  • 7CoutinhoSubstituted forMessiat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Messi
  • 17Murillo
  • 19Boateng
  • 20Roberto
  • 21Aleñá
  • 22Vidal
  • 30Peña

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 10mins
  • 12MarceloBooked at 57mins
  • 10Modric
  • 18LlorenteSubstituted forCasemiroat 63'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 17VázquezSubstituted forAsensioat 84'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 28Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forBaleat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 11Bale
  • 14Casemiro
  • 20Asensio
  • 22Isco
  • 24Ceballos
  • 25Courtois
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
92,008

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away17

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