But. goals? Vinicius tried again and again but his shooting was way off when he had the chance to score.
Suarez thrived in his absence, scoring twice and being involved in the play that led to Raphael Varane's own-goal. The result was put beyond it on the 69th minute when a sliding Varane turned the ball into his own net under pressure from Suarez. The Galaticos are now third in the La Liga standings, nine points behind Barcelona.
Former Real Madrid and Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he believes in the capacity of Santiago Solari to manage Real Madrid, adding that that "he has been doing well since the beginning".
"But we did not take our chances, and they did".
Barcelona's 3-0 victory and 4-1 aggregate triumph on Wednesday kept the team on track to win an unprecedented fifth straight Copa.
Madrid drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the first leg of their semi-final clash earlier this month, and Vinicius expects Messi to play a prominent role in the decider at the Santiago Bernabeu having started on the bench in the first encounter.
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The royal couple were earlier given an official welcome to the venue by Lord Lieutenant of Belfast Fionnuala Jay-O'Boyle. The Youth Village, which sits on the shores of Lough Erne, caters for young children from across the island of Ireland.
"We're coming through this phase of games - which was really tough [away against Lyon, Sevilla and Madrid twice] - really well". Football is about goals, being ruthless, and taking your chances, and they did that.
Another setback against Barcelona will practically end Madrid's title hopes in the league, leaving the Champions League as the only competition in which it can succeed in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in almost a decade.
"In the end we're comparing him to the best in the world. bloody hell!"
But his selection in Madrid's starting line-up remains in doubt.
To pin-point the last time Real suffered a humiliating scoreline of such proportions in a Copa del Rey Clasico, one would have to go back as far as 1926, when Barca ran out 5-1 victors at Real's old stadium, the old Estadio Chamartin. "We fell with honour, the players gave everything they could, played a serious and creative game".