Real escape with a draw after Varane strikes late

  • AFP, Madrid
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  • Updated: Feb 01, 2013 01:13 IST

Cesc Fabregas celebrates his opener against Real Madrid in the King’s Cup semi-final first leg match. AP photo

French youngster Raphael Varane headed in a late goal as Real Madrid salvaged a 1-1 draw against bitter rivals Barcelona in their Spanish Cup semi-final first-leg clash.

Cesc Fabregas had given Barca 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 played yesterday.

With the second-leg almost a month away, Madrid, who trail 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."

ManU go seven points clear
London: Wayne Rooney's double helped Manchester United restore their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League as they came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1.

Southampton took a shock third minute lead. But United were only behind for five minutes with Rooney equalising after the England striker was played in by Shinji Kagawa. And Rooney made it 2-1 in the 27th minute.

Chelsea blew a 2-0 lead as Reading climbed out of the bottom three after 'supersub' Adam Le Fondre scored two late goals in a 2-2 draw.

Arsenal also came from 2-0 behind at home to Liverpool to force a 2-2 draw that did little for the top four ambitions of either club. Liverpool needed just five minutes to take the lead.

Becks goes to PSG, to donate salary
London: After Madrid, Milan and Hollywood, David Beckham is heading to the most fashionable destination of all.

The 37-year-old former England captain has reached a deal with Paris Saint-Germain.

Father-of-four Beckham, whose family will remain in London, revealed that he would donate his salary during his time in the French capital to a local children's charity.  "I chose here because I can see what the club are trying to do, the players they're bringing in," he said


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