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12:00 AM, February 08, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, February 08, 2019

Barca hold fiery Real

Santiago Solari marked his 100th day in charge of Real Madrid with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, 101 days after his predecessor's reign ended with a 5-1 thrashing to the Catalans.

Julen Lopetegui's short spell in charge was brought to an end in October with a humiliating capitulation to Barca and Solari was appointed the next day on an interim basis. He took the role full time a fortnight later and has since helped to drag themout of crisis.

Madrid had the better of the first half against Barcelona on Wednesday, breaking the deadlock through Lucas Vazquez before Malcom, who started in place of Lionel Messi, equalised after the break and Gareth Bale missed a gilt-edfed chance to seal a win.

"The result is unfair, we did more in attack to win the game," said Vazquez. "Maybe we did let Barcelona off lightly in the first half. We made clear chances; we didn't know how to put them away and ended up drawing.

"The draw leaves the tie open. What we want is to win the game at the Bernabeu, in front of our fans."

Solari was pleased with his team's performance and thought they might have snatched a victory.

“It's hard to talk about justice in football,” said Solari. "We had chances to score, but what will stick with me is that it was a precise game, very entertaining."

However, after a traumatic defeat in their last Clasico, Wednesday's performance was a distinct improvement and shows just how far Madrid have come.

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