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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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Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo was the decisive figure for the second time in four days as he scored a hat-trick to lead Real Madrid to a 4-0 victory over Celta Vigo that put them in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup on Wednesday. The Portugal forward, runner-up to Lionel Messi in Monday's World Player of the Year awards, netted twice inside the first 25 minutes at the Bernabeu and sealed the victory near the end after Sergio Ramos had been sent off. Real's 5-2 aggregate win set up a meeting with Valencia next week.

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Zurich: Lionel Messi won the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year award for a record fourth-successive time after a record-breaking haul of 91 goals over 12 months.

Messi smashed Gerd Muller's 40-year-old record of 85 goals in a calendar year to beat his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta to the accolade.

"To tell the truth this is really unbelievable to get this award, to get a fourth award, and the fourth-consecutive award," the 25-year-old winger said Monday in his acceptance speech.

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Kolkata: Mohun Bagan would formally request the All India Football Federation to review its decision to impose a three-year suspension on the club for abandoning the Dec 9 I-League derby against arch-rivals East Bengal at the Salt Lake Stadium.

"We have decided that we will formally ask for a review," Mohun Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra told IANS Sunday.

The letter would be sent to AIFF president Praful Patel by Monday.

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New Delhi: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Saturday banned Mohun Bagan from the I-League for two years for abandoning a match mid-way against East Bengal in Kolkata Dec 9.

The I-League core committee met here and endorsed the report submitted by the one-man committee of A.K.Ganguly, a retired Supreme Court Judge.

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