Messi fixed from the band a match that seemed to have no remedy for Barcelona despite the effort of Arthur. Madrid already sang Long live the king at the Camp Nou when it started to warm on the 10th and tied Malcom. Already in the field, ignited the encounter, the Argentine contracturado did not have too much influence in the game, although it animated to the Barcelona and tempered the vigor of Madrid, better like equipment than the Barça.
The Madridistas played a serious and supportive game, in line with the last ones they played and won with the flag of Benzema, aware that there is no better scenario to certify their football rise than the Barça stadium. Although the team lacked greatness and authority to subdue a decimated Barça, there was plenty of humility and effort, laborious from start to finish, only altered when the injured Messi appeared.
The game started with a wince at the Camp Nou. Messi did not play and, therefore, it would hardly be the best version of Barça. So the fans were very condescending, distracted by the placards in favor of Rosell's freedom and surprised by the presence of Malcom, a player as suspicious as Coutinho, more companion than protagonist, starting in front of players who work well in the classics like Sergi Roberto. The doubts azulgrana contrasted with the security that gave off the formation of Madrid, Solari brand. They played Llorente, Lucas Vázquez and Vinicius, players of the trainer's confidence, while Bale rested. The only concession was the presence of Marcelo for Reguilón.
The Madridista determination was so evident that at six minutes a goal by Lucas Vázquez. Vinicius changed the game for Benzema, initiator of the action, superior in the jump and in the reception to Jordi Alba, and the center of the striker was topped by the Galician, more attentive and faster than Lenglet, symbol of the passivity of Barça. From a high pressure, the Madridistas were always one step ahead of the Barça players, distempered and misplaced, portrayed in the safety of Coutinho. Barça had a hard time throwing the pass, leaving his court, finding depth to find Suarez. The party turned so blatantly in favor of Madrid that they forgot to finish the round before returning to the Bernabéu.
Vinicius did not hit the shot or the way to finish the play, after being skillful in the unmarked and driving, constant threat to an uncoordinated Barca, erratic in the reading of the meeting and reiterative in the loss of the ball before the harassment of the Madrid. The azulgrana took half an hour to reach the field of Madrid by the side of Marcelo, the weak point of the formation of Solari. Rakitic finished off the post and Keylor Navas scored one goal sung to Luis Suárez. The class of Arthur and the nerve of Semedo underlined the replica of Barcelona. Barca did not need much to put Madrid in trouble, a circumstance that relativized the white superiority and the initial feeling of a firm team, already set and ready to compete also for the Champions League and LaLiga.
The Barca fans, however, did not stop looking at the bench to see if Messi appeared. The crowd chanted the name of the Argentine and the 10 was still and sitting, commentator of the party in the bench of Valverde. He wanted and could not and he did not know Barça and he defended Madrid. Absent Coutinho and enlarged Piqué, the azulgrana did not stop to reprimand to Malcom, such that was an apprentice, a foreign body in the Camp Nou. And then the Brazilian, irreducible, redeemed himself with a surprising finish that even amazed Ramos after a shot to the wood of Luis Suarez. Already with Messi in the band, still with the tracksuit on, Lenglet had deepened for Alba, Keylor went out to cross the side and the ball was loose for the Uruguayan, whose shot hit the post to be picked up by Malcom.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic (Arturo Vidal, m.63), Busquets, Arthur; Coutinho (Messi, m.63), Luis Suárez and Malcom (Aleñá, m.76). Not used: Peña; Murillo, Sergi Roberto and Boateng.
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Marcos Llorente (Marcelo, 63), Kroos; Lucas Vázquez (Asensio, m.84), Benzema and Vinicius (Bale, m.64). Not used: Courtois; Nacho, Ceballos and Isco.
Goals: 0-1. M. 6. Lucas Vázquez. 1-1. M. 57. Malcom.
Referee: Mateu Lahoz He admonished Ramos, Semedo, Luis Suárez, Marcelo, Alba and Vidal. He expelled José Ramon de la Lafuente, goalkeeping coach of Barcelona. VAR: Burgos Bengoetxea.
Camp Nou. 92,008 spectators.
After the warm-up of Messi, Barça got bigger and Madrid fell, Less spicy without Vinicius. There was a new game at stake, now with Casemiro and Bale, and also with Vidal. The classic tensed after a long time, a white glove duel waiting for Messi. Nobody discussed the hierarchy of 10 except Benzema. The 9th gave Bale a goal ball that the Welshman did not thrust despite Ter Stegen coming out of the Barça goal. The hierarchy of Benzema was imposed again in the last section when Madrid warned that he had wasted the opportunity to knock out Barca, a minor team without or with half Messi, bagged Cup. The Barca saved the result on the way to his favorite stadium: the return at the Bernabéu promises to be more exciting than the first leg at the Camp Nou.