Copa del Rey: Malcom rescues draw for Barca in cup semi against Real

Published: February 07, 2019 12:05:46 | Updated: February 08, 2019 17:42:44

Malcom celebrates with his Barca teammates after scoring their lone goal against Real on Wednesday — Reuters photo

Winger Malcom’s second half strike secured Barcelona a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid to leave the Copa del Rey semi-final evenly poised on Wednesday after the first leg.

Brazilian Malcom, who started in place of Lionel Messi, curled home in the 58th minute to pull Barcelona level after Lucas Vazquez had fired Real Madrid ahead early on.

Vazquez struck after just six minutes to silence the Nou Camp at the end of a slick team move, with Santiago Solari’s side impressing in the opening stages, reports Reuters.

However, Ivan Rakitic clipped the crossbar with a header as Barcelona fought for an equaliser and Malcom eventually found it when Luis Suarez’s shot rebounded to him off the post.

Messi, who suffered a thigh injury at the weekend against Valencia, appeared for the final half hour but could not help champions Barcelona find a late winner.

“Speaking generally, the draw was fair,” said Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets.

“It was very even, everything will be decided in the second leg. There were chances for both sides to win the game. It’s 50-50, even though they’re at home.”

The second leg takes place on Feb. 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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