Tuesday 23 April, 2019

Madrid earn 1-1 draw at Barca in 1st leg of Copa semifinal

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, gestures next to his coach Ernesto Valverde during the Spanish La Liga football match against Valencia at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, gestures next to his coach Ernesto Valverde during the Spanish La Liga football match against Valencia at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

Real Madrid earned a 1-1 draw at Barcelona on Wednesday to take a slim away-goal advantage in their Copa del Rey semifinal.

Lucas Vazquez gave Madrid the lead in the sixth minute during an opening stage dominated by the visitors.

But Barcelona eventually established control and forward Malcom equalized after Luis Suarez had hit the post in the 58th.

Lionel Messi stayed on the bench for Barcelona until coming on in the 64th. The Argentine had been doubtful for the match after picking up a right-leg injury on Saturday.

This was the first of three "clasicos" in less than a month. The return leg of the semifinal in Madrid is on Feb. 27, just before their Spanish league game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on March 3.

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