Vinicius Jr. in a fierce wrestling match:

Vinicius Jr. in a fierce wrestling match:

Real Madrid – Barcelona 0-1

Barcelona made the first move in the first of their two semi-final matches against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. With a 1-0 win in El Clásico on Thursday, the Catalans have a narrow advantage ahead of the highly anticipated return leg at the Camp Nou on April 5.

Just minutes before Barcelona scored, Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior was engaged in a fierce wrestling match with Frenkie de Jong. The Brazilian ripped the Barcelona player’s shirt, before dragging De Jong to the ground.

GOOD CONTROL: When Vincius Junior pulled Frenkie de Jong to the ground, the referee was very close to the situation. Photo: Oscar del Pozo

Watch the situation in the video window above. Courtesy of VG+.

The 22-year-old escaped with a yellow card, which he responded aggressively. The fact that the Brazilian did not receive a new yellow card from the referee after the protests sparked great reactions.

– Vinicius should have been sent off with his second yellow card because of the protests over the first yellow card, says former supreme referee Eduardo Iturralde in the Spanish newspaper AS.

Appeal against the referee: Vinicius Jr. strongly disagreed that he had received a yellow card after a duel with Frenkie de Jong.  Photo: Oscar del Pozo

Appeal against the referee: Vinicius Jr. strongly disagreed that he had received a yellow card after a duel with Frenkie de Jong. Photo: Oscar del Pozo

Appeal against the referee: Vinicius Jr. strongly disagreed that he had received a yellow card after a duel with Frenkie de Jong.  Photo: Oscar del Pozo

Appeal against the referee: Vinicius Jr. strongly disagreed that he had received a yellow card after a duel with Frenkie de Jong. Photo: Oscar del Pozo

Appeal against the referee: Vinicius Jr. strongly disagreed that he had received a yellow card after a duel with Frenkie de Jong.  Photo: Oscar del Pozo

Appeal against the referee: Vinicius Jr. strongly disagreed that he had received a yellow card after a duel with Frenkie de Jong. Photo: Oscar del Pozo

Appeal against the referee: Vinicius Jr. strongly disagreed that he had received a yellow card after a duel with Frenkie de Jong.  Photo: Bernat Armango

Appeal against the referee: Vinicius Jr. strongly disagreed that he had received a yellow card after a duel with Frenkie de Jong. Photo: Bernat Armango

Appeal against the referee: Vinicius Jr. strongly disagreed that he had received a yellow card after a duel with Frenkie de Jong.  Photo: Manu Fernandez

Appeal against the referee: Vinicius Jr. strongly disagreed that he had received a yellow card after a duel with Frenkie de Jong. Photo: Manu Fernandez

– The referee cannot allow a player to behave like this after the referee’s decision, Iturraldi continues.

Real Madrid player and de Jong entangled after the situation.

Vinicius also lived dangerously for the rest of the match. Among other things, the Brazilian made a very high foot against Ronald Araujo, but again escaped with another card.

Dangerous Game: Vinicius jr.  It was hot on porridge in El Clásico against Barcelona.  Photo: Oscar del Pozo

Dangerous Game: Vinicius jr. It was hot on porridge in El Clásico against Barcelona. Photo: Oscar del Pozo

Offside

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The two teams met for El Clásico twice earlier this season. The first match ended with Real Madrid winning, while Barcelona won the second match.

Thus, two teams hungry for a new duel met in the King’s Cup semi-finals on Thursday.

Real Madrid opened the best, pressed more and had more possession at the start of the half.

Real Madrid broke Barcelona after just twelve minutes, and after a nice attack, Benzema put the ball into the goal, but the Frenchman was ruled out for offside right.

Later in the game, Real Madrid’s advantage slipped, and Barcelona took the lead after 27 minutes.

Own goal

The Catalans stormed the field when Ferran Torres intercepted a weak pass from Eduardo Camavinga.

Torres was sent by Frank Kessie, who tried to roll the ball behind Thibaut Courtois. Sisteskansen made a great foot save, but had no luck as the ball rebounded to Èder Militäo and into the goal.

 Photo: Manu Fernandez

Photo: Manu Fernandez

In the second half, Barcelona and Real Madrid both had great chances, but were unable to put the ball into the goal.

Kessie’s biggest chance came after 72 minutes, but incredibly the ball was almost stopped on the line by team mate Ansu Fati.

The match ended 1-0 against Barcelona.

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