Real Madrid couldn't put Barcelona away when it had the chance, and ended up being dealt a hard blow by its biggest rival. It isn't a failure because it was a semi-final and we won't be able to play in the final, so we will have to try again.
In the first league meeting between the two sides at the Camp Nou in October, the Uruguayan scored a hat-trick as the Blaugrana won 5-1. "We created many chances but couldn't score". Real Madrid with his first shot attempt and second touch in the opp. box. "They hurt us when they had their chance". The Galaticos are now third in the La Liga standings, nine points behind Barcelona.
Another setback against Barcelona will practically end Madrid's title hopes in the league, leaving the Champions League as the only competition in which it can succeed in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in almost a decade.
"We are not scared of Messi because, although he's an incredible player, we have some of the best in the world at this club" said the Brazilian, eager for glory on Wednesday in what will be his first Clasico at the Bernabeu.
Vinicius Junior caused Barca plenty of problems with his trickery and pace, but the Brazilian squandered several golden chances, while visiting goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made some outstanding saves.
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"Football is a forceful game", he said.
When Nelson Semedo pulled the ball back, Luis Suarez got an extraordinary connection to not provide any chance to the shot-stopper Keylor Navas in the second half.
Varane posted a picture of his left knee, which he injured trying to prevent Luis Suarez from scoring, only to inadvertently divert the ball into his own net.
Yet Barca went ahead against the run of play in the 50th minute as Ousmane Dembele led a counter-attack and Suarez slotted his pass into the net.