The much anticipated Copa del Rey semi finals first left between Barcelona and Real Madrid have ended, with both teams playing out a draw at the camp Nou a few hours ago.
The game started with Messi taking to the bench, in a game that was evenly balanced, as Lucas Vazquez and Malcom netted for their respective teams at the Copa del Rey semi-final to give us something to watch out for in the second leg.
Lucas gave Madrid the lead after just six minutes. Vinicius Junior came in from the left wing and floated a ball for Karim Benzema, who had pulled out to the right, and the Frenchman took a touch before picking out Lucas, who guided the ball into the far corner with his left foot.
It was not until the 57th minute that Malcom was able to equalise for the Barcelona who were the better side in the second half. Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet played a long ball into the left channel for Jordi Alba to chase, yet Keylor Navas got there first and the ball found the feet of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan attempted a left-footed shot that hit the post, and it made its way to Malcom who scored from the right-hand side of the box, with his shot creeping just inside the post, avoiding the Madrid defenders on the line. Sergio Ramos put his hands in the air, thinking it was going wide.
Skipper Lionel Messi was brought in the 62nd minutes replacing Philippe Coutinho and from what we saw, Barcelona are likely to advance to the finals ahead of Real Madrid. But 1-1 scoreline makes things interesting going into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in three weeks.