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Kochi: Playing their first international match at home after the Nehru Cup win, India lost 2-4 to Palestine in a football friendly at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Wednesday.

Clifford Miranda and Syed Rahim Nabi scored for India in the 17th and the 39th minute respectively while for Palestine, Ashraf Alfawaghra scored a hattrick and Husam Abusalah scored the other goal.

It was a tale of two halves for India.

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Barcelona: Lionel Messi extended his record streak by scoring in his 12th consecutive Spanish league game to give leader Barcelona a 1-1 draw at Valencia, while Atletico Madrid remained perfect at home through 20 games in all competitions.

Midfielder Ever Banega struck first for Valencia in the 33rd, only for Messi to level for the visitors from the penalty spot six minutes later.

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Madrid:  Real Madrid's dismal season went from bad to worse when Cristiano Ronaldo scored an own-goal to hand relegation-threatened Granada a shock 1-0 win.

Real coach Jose Mourinho had already given up winning the league before Christmas and this latest blow means that Barcelona can increase their lead over them to 18 points if they win at Valencia Sunday.

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Paris: British soccer star David Beckham joined France's top club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for five months and his salary during the stay, estimated around three million pounds, will go to a Parisien children's charity.

The Qatari-backed French club will only pay for accomodation and the security expenses of Beckham and his family during the five months, reports Xinhua.

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Madrid: In a game where all the build-up had been written about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, young Real Madrid defender Rafael Varane stole the show in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final here.

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New Delhi: National coach Wim Koevermans Tuesday named a 23-member squad for the international friendly against Palestine scheduled to be played in Kochi on February 6.

Koevermans, under whom India had clinched the Nehru Cup title in September 2012, maintained that it's an important tie for the hosts.

"We need to assess ourselves. We need more such matches," Kovermans told www.The-aiff.Com.

Captain Sunil Chhetri said that international friendlies are important to know where the team stands.

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Barcelona: Lionel Messi scored four goals to become the youngest player to pass the 200-mark in the Spanish league and set a La Liga record with goals in 11 consecutive games, leading Barcelona to a 5-1 rout of Osasuna on Sunday night.

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Madrid: Barcelona defeated Malaga 4-2 on Thursday to set-up a mouthwatering Spanish Cup semi-final clash against bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Barcelona, who suffered their first La Liga defeat of the campaign last weekend, saw off a battling Malaga in their quarter-final second leg tie after the two sides had been locked 2-2 from the first meeting.

Defending champions Barcelona went ahead on the night after just nine minutes when Pedro Rodriguez headed in a cross from Dani Alves after good work by Xavi.

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Madrid: The return legs of the quarter-finals of Spain's Copa del Rey promise drama and the possibility of a Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona meeting in the semi-finals.

Real Madrid play in Valencia Wednesday night knowing they won 5-0 in the same stadium last Sunday in La Liga thanks to a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo and two goals from Angel Di Maria, reports Xinhua.

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Barcelona: Barcelona surrendered a 2-0 lead against Real Sociedad to crash to their first defeat of the Spanish La Liga football season.

Barca were two goals ahead and had missed chances to add a third, before a fine fightback from the home side ended with substitute Imanol Aguirrete scoring the winning goal in injury time Saturday, Xinhua reports.

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