Lucas Vazquez believes Real Madrid deserved more from their El Classio draw with Barcelona in the first leg semi final of the Copa del Rey.
Vazquez opened the scoring for Real Madrid in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw away to bitter rivals and La Liga champions Barcelona at Camp Nou.
Madrid took the lead in the sixth minute when Vazquez flicked the ball beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen, though Malcom equalised in the second half to earn a draw for Barca.
“It’s a bittersweet feeling the team deserved more,” Vazquez told reporters.
“I’m thrilled to have got the goal and helped the team but we lacked that little bit to go on and win it.
“I’ll take away our efforts for 90 minutes because everyone ran hard and worked with real intensity, both up front and at the back, and that’s the secret to this group. We have to keep it up.
“We’d planned a match where we’d press high up and win the ball back in their half, and we did just that, especially before half-time. Every player is extremely committed, we’re all pulling in the same direction.
“Towards the end we had a couple of great chances to make it 1-2 but it wasn’t to be. The tie is wide open and it’ll be a hard-fought game next time out.
“We will be going all out for a win at the Bernabeu in front of our fans. All together we’ll push to seal a place in the final.”
The semi-final tie is now even heading to the Santiago Bernabeu for the return fixture on February 27.