Barcelona, Real Madrid tie 1-1 in Copa semifinal


MADRID (AP) -- Raphael Varane scored in the 81st minute, giving Real Madrid a 1-1 tie against Barcelona on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal.

With Barcelona enjoying the majority of the possession, Cesc Fabregas put the defending champions ahead in the 50th minute off a pass from Lionel Messi, who intercepted a clearance. Messi's streak of scoring in 16 straight starts ended.

With goalkeeper Iker Casillas sidelined by a broken hand, Diego Lopez was in goal for Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo served as captain.

The second leg of the total-goals series will be in Barcelona on Feb. 27. Atletico Madrid hosts Sevilla on Thursday in the first leg of the other semifinal.