Messi Unable to Inspire Barca Winner as Madrid Hold on for Draw

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Messi Unable to Inspire Barca Winner as Madrid Hold on for Draw
Neither Lionel Messi nor Gareth Bale were named in the starting line-ups for this first leg but their replacements filled the void as Malcom's curling shot cancelled out an early opener from Lucas Vazquez.

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

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

Following an amazing opening 20 minutes, Madrid were to a great extent second best in a convincing, if unspectacular, Clasico yet the outcome abandons them very much set heading into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on February 27. 

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

"Correlations are unhelpful," said Solari. "Be that as it may, 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 in the wake of recouping from calf damage, both went ahead after the hour however neither could move a victor. 

Rather, it was Vazquez, and two young Brazilians that became the dominant focal point. Vazquez scored yet Vinicius Junior, the most youthful Real Madrid player to include in a Clasico this century, was his group's most noteworthy danger until the 18-year-old left in the second half. 

"I'm not astounded by how he plays on the grounds that I've known him since he arrived," said Solari. "However, a 18-year-old kid playing and creating along these lines, that is an astonishment." 

Malcom was similarly as flighty 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 an overwhelming opening spell from Madrid. 

Vinicius drove the way. He was courageous, brimming with defects and flighty 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 reckless under lock and key however Vinicius needed accuracy to underwrite, first abandoning into Benzema and afterward misreading the Frenchman's run. 

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

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 mayhem and quality in equivalent measure. Navas hurried 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 exhaustion. 

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 leeway. The objective was open yet Bale's touch was overwhelming and Semedo made a significant square.