Today's Paper Archive Classifieds Subscriptions RSS Feeds Site Map ePaper Mobile Apps Social
SEARCH

Real salvages a draw against Barca

Share  ·   print   ·  
ON TARGET:Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas scores against Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup semifinal first leg match on Wednesday.— PHOTO: AP
ON TARGET:Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas scores against Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup semifinal first leg match on Wednesday.— PHOTO: AP

French youngster Raphael Varane headed in a late goal as Real Madrid salvaged a 1-1 draw against bitter rival Barcelona in its Spanish Cup semifinal first-leg clash on Wednesday.

Cesc Fabregas had given Barcelona the lead at the Santiago Bernabeu in a game his side looked to be running away with until the leveller.

Varane was Madrid’s star all evening, clearing off the line in the first-half and making countless other defensive interventions in an entertaining encounter.

With the second-leg almost a month away, Madrid, which trails Barca by 15 points in the league, will be relieved to avoid defeat and will now look to the Champions League last 16 first-leg against Manchester United in the same stadium in less than two weeks.

Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka highlighted Varane’s performance.

“He had a great game, after saving us a few times he gets the equaliser and it will do him good, he is only 19 and this will be good for his progress with us,” he said.

The result:

Semifinal: First leg: Real Madrid 1 (Varane 81) drew with Barcelona 1 (Fabregas 51). — AFP

More In: SPORT | Today's Paper

O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in SPORT

Adhiban in joint lead

Grandmaster and former National champion B. Adhiban defeated compatriot G.N. Gopal after 93 moves in the third round of 13th Asian Contin... »