Barcelona played hosts to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals, and the match ended in a draw. The visitors hold the advantage with an away goal to their name, but it would be remiss to think Barcelona would be incapable of scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu in the return leg.
Here are three things we learned from Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid.
3. Malcom takes his chance
With Lionel Messi relegated to the bench due to a thigh injury, Malcom was given the opportunity to prove his worth to the team. The winger was lively throughout the game and scored Barcelona’s only goal. He was constantly probing the Real Madrid defence and scored only his second goal for the team so far.
2. Real Madrid’s revenge
Although they did not get the win, the draw would have done a lot of good for Real Madrid, especially after their 5-1 loss to Barcelona earlier in the season that spelled the end of Julen Lopetegui’s time as manager. With their current form also not that great, it would have given them a lot of confidence to restrict the league leaders to just one goal.
1. Messi will be crucial
The second leg is now crucial for both teams, and Messi will certainly play the key role, as has been the case in the previous rounds. Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde will want his star player to be ready for the return game and will play him from the start, with the team hoping to win a fifth consecutive Copa Del Rey.
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