Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi final at Camp Nou on Wednesday evening.
It was another jam packed Camp Nou that welcomed an in-form Madrid for La Copa and the visitors were excellent from the off as they took an early lead through Lucas Vazquez.
The young Spaniard was excellent in getting on the end of Karim Benzema’s low cross and he tapped home past a helpless Marc Andre ter Stegen.
Barca had limited chances going forward with Lionel Messi subdued to the bench, but Malcom and Nelson Semedo were doing their best to get the Catalan side back on level terms.
And, it proved to be the former who scored the equaliser in the second half.
Following superb work from Jordi Alba, Luis Suarez hit the post and the rebound fell straight to Malcom, who smashed home his effort.
The 21-year-old joined the Catalan giants in a €41m deal from Bordeaux last summer but has struggled for game time.
“I am very happy about the game and very happy for the goal, I have seen the goal 100 times,” Malcom told Cadena Ser.
“I found out I was playing before the game, I was ready, Messi told me to be calm and spoke about how difficult a game this would be but that it would be great.
“I will always be able to tell my children and the children of my children that I have played with the best of all time.”
Messi would then be introduced and he made an instant impact, almost creating for Suarez, who was unusually quiet on the night.
Gareth Bale was introduced for Madrid and he squandered their best chance of the second half – sending his effort way wide of the goal.
The scoreline stayed the same until the final whistle, meaning Madrid go back to the Santiago Bernabeu with a vital away goal.