Monday, 4 February 2013

Barcelona, Real play out thrilling draw

Barcelona and Real Madrid played out a exhilarating draw in Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday. 
As goalkeeper Iker Casillas was injured, Diego Lopez replaced him for the home side and Cristiano Ronaldo was given the captain's armband.

The first goal came as Lionel Messi intercepted a clearance and passed it to Cesc Fabregas, who calmly slot it home in the 50th minute.

He later said, "This is obviously a good result; we are in the Bernabeu, a very tough field, and we will have our own fans behind us for the return leg of the draw."

Raphael Varane though salvaged the match for Real, heading an equalizer in the 81st having saved three clear Barcelona chances earlier. "It's like a dream come true, incredible to score a goal like that against Barcelona at just 19," Varane said.

"The second leg will be evenly matched and we're going to play a good match there to win," her added.

The second leg will be played at the Camp Nou on Feb. 27.

It also ended Messi's run in which he had scored in his previous 16 starts.

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