Real Madrid custodian Keylor Navas disappointed with draw in El Clasico versus Barcelona

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Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)

Real Madrid custodian Keylor Navas believes his team deserved to beat Barcelona in El Clasico on Wednesday.

The Catalans replied to Lucas Vasquez’s early goal through Malcom’s second half strike and ensured that neither teams held an advantage going into the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final tie.

“Drawing 1-1 is a disappointing result for us,” Navas explained to reporters, as cited by Diario AS.

“We took the lead and we thought that when were in that position, that would be enough to see us win and we were hopeful of a clean sheet too.

“Now it will be difficult for us because the game is level and the teams are evenly matched too, so there is a lot of work to do.

“I am grateful to God (to be starting), I need to enjoy this moment and continue to give everything for this badge.”

The second leg will be played at Santiago Bernabeu on February 27.

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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.

SUBS

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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