Lucas Vasquez believes Real Madrid deserved victory over Barcelona in El Clasico

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Lucas Vasquez

Lucas Vasquez believes Real Madrid deserved to win the Copa del Rey El Clasico clash with Barcelona which ended in a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night.

The winger opened the scoring for Los Blancos in the sixth minute, but Brazilian Malcom restored parity in the second half.

Vasquez said Madrid created better chances and deserved to hold the advantage going into the second leg of the semi-final.

“We were better,” Lucas said after the game, according to Marca.

“We had more chances. The draw is not a fair result.”

Despite being frustrated, the winger believes that there are some positives to take away from the game.

“At home we have to make this draw into something positive,” he said.

“We have to go out to reach the final. We missed the final few yards. They squeezed, which is normal as they were at home. We have to be satisfied with the match but not the result.”

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Real Madrid player ratings as Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez fade in El Clasico draw with Barcelona

Andy West 7/02/2019
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Barcelona and Real Madrid shared the spoils with an entertaining 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final at the Camp Nou.

An early goal from Lucas Vazquez was cancelled out by Malcom’s thrashed leveller, but who were the players to shine or flop?

Let’s find out with our full player ratings.

STARTING XI

Navas 6. Madrid’s cup keeper made a fine low save from Suarez after 35 minutes, but was slow off his line for the equaliser.

Carvajal 6. Comfortable in defence, but had little chance to get forward as Madrid attacked mainly down the left.

Varane 7. Made some important and well-timed defensive interventions including a vital block on Semedo’s first half cross.

Ramos 7. Booked early on for fouling Malcom but gave a strong and commanding performance, generally containing Suarez well.

Marcelo 5. Penned back by the Semedo/Malcom pairing, unable to get forward and regularly struggling defensively.

Modric 6. Pinged passes superbly in the early stages but faded as Barca grew into the game. Minimal second half presence.

Llorente 6. Playing in the defensive midfield role, he showed energy and discipline before being replaced by Casemiro.

Kroos 6. Tested Ter Stegen with an early drive but was a relatively quiet figure as Barca proceeded to control the midfield.

Vazquez 6. Netted the early opener but did very little after that. Worked hard defensively but offered little in attack.

Benzema 6. Smooth assist for the opener and produced some gorgeous first touches, but faded badly out of the game.

Vinicius 5. Selected ahead of Bale on the left and played a part in the opener but had an otherwise tough night and was replaced.

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Casemiro 6. Replaced for the last half hour, not coincidentally coming on at the same time as Messi. Steady but unremarkable.

Bale 5. Subbed in for Vinicius after an hour. Had one big chance but fluffed his lines and was otherwise anonymous.

Asensio 5. Entered for the final stages in place of Vazquez down the right and didn’t have enough time to contribute.

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El Clasico: Vinicius Jr starts for Real Madrid in Copa del Rey clash with Barcelona

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Vinicius Junior

Gareth Bale is the headline absentee for Real Madrid as Santiago Solari instead opted for teenager Vinicius Junior and Lucas Vazquez in support of Karim Benzema for the El Clasico clash with Barcelona.

Exciting Brazilian wonderkid Vinicius has been a bright spark for Los Blancos in recent weeks but it was suggested he would be rested at the Camp Nou, having featured in Madrid’s last nine games.

Frenchman Benzema leads the line in this Copa del Rey semi-final first leg encounter, having been revitalised since emerging from Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow this season, while youngster Marcos Llorente starts in midfield alongside the fit again Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

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