Vinicius Junior: 'Real Madrid are not scared of Barcelona's Lionel Messi'

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The France worldwide was part of Santiago Solari's side that was swept away in the second-leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, losing 4-1 on aggregate to their fierce rivals. Vinicius Junior was the biggest attacking threat in some cagey opening minutes, seeing a shot well blocked by Ter Stegen after having a penalty appeal waved away earlier.

But after the match he revealed that there was healthy dose of physical pain to sit alongside the mental anguish of losing to your closest rivals.

Luis Suarez couldn't have chosen a better moment to end his recent goal-scoring drought.

The two teams also meet in La Liga at the same venue on Saturday.

Ernesto Valverde's side will now face Valencia or Real Betis, currently tied 2-2 on aggregate following their first leg, in the final on May 25 in Sevilla. 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. Ousmane Dembele raced away from Dani Carvajal and cut the ball back for Suarez, who side-footed first time past Keylor Navas at the left-hand post. They scored with their first shot on goal, and then with their second shot on goal.

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"We had chances in the first half but also in the second too when the score was 1-0".

It didn't take long for Suarez to add another with a Panenka-style penalty in the 73rd after he was fouled by midfielder Casemiro inside the area.

Gareth Bale is free to play in both El Clasico against Barcelona this week after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) decided on Wednesday not to punish the Real Madrid forward for his celebration against Atletico Madrid.

In a statement, the RFEF said it had not "found a breach of the rules of the game or action deserving either warning or disciplinary action".

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