Barcelona: Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo led Real Madrid to the final of Copa del Rey as they qualified with a stunning 3-1 win away to eternal rivals FC Barcelona at Camp Nou stadium here to obtain a 4-2 aggregate triumph following the 1-1 draw in the Santiago Bernabeu three weeks ago.


Kollam: Maharashtra entered the semifinals of the 67th Santosh Trophy national football tournament, beating Tamil Nadu 2-1 in a group B quarterfinal league match here Tuesday.

They qualified for the semis by securing nine points after winning all the three matches in the quarterfinal league. Maharashtra had beaten Jharkhand 4-1 and Goa 3-0 in their earlier matches.


Yangon: The Indian national football team reached Yangon Tuesday morning for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup which kicks off March 2.

The squad left Mumbai late Monday evening, and landed early morning at the Yangon International Airport here via Singapore.

India are the first team from their group to arrive here. Besides hosts Myanmar, Chinese Taipei and Guam are the other teams in the group.


Kochi: Kerala has defeated Uttar Pradesh in Santosh Trophy quarter final 3-2 here Sunday. Kerala had defeated Jammu & Kashmir Friday and with the victory against Uttar Pradesh the state has almost confirmed its semi final berth.

For Kerala the first goal was netted by Usman in the15th minute from a penalty kick. Striker Kannan scored the second goal in the 17th minute and Shibin Lal scored the third in the 26th minute.


Kochi: At a time when it is yearning for recognition in the absence of I-League players, former India captain I M Vijayan says the Santosh Trophy football tournament is the "perfect platform" for youngsters to prove their mettle.

The quarterfinals of the 67th edition of the tournament start here from Thursday.

"It plays the perfect platform for youngsters as the I-League players don't play. It's the perfect grooming ground," Vijayan, one of the finest players to have played the sport in the country, said.


Madrid: Real Madrid recorded their fourth consecutive home league victory with a 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano, despite playing for 72 minutes with 10 men.

Alvaro Morata and Sergio Ramos got the goals in the opening 12 minutes but Ramos' night took a turn for the worse just six minutes later when he saw two harsh yellow cards in quick succession.


Paris: Manchester United edged closer to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid, a high-profile showdown watched by an estimated 200 million people worldwide.

England striker Danny Welbeck gave Alex Ferguson's side the lead at the Bernabeu before former Old Trafford star Cristiano Ronaldo levelled later in the first half yesterday.


Madrid: Real Madrid and star player Cristiano Ronaldo warmed up for Wednesday's Champions League match at home to Manchester United with a comfortable 4-1 win over Sevilla.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick after Karim Benzema had opened the scoring for Madrid, reports Xinhua.

Ronaldo's first goal was a magnificent left foot shot from outside of the Sevilla area, his second was the result of some poor defending from Madrid's rivals.


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.


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.