Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Young defender is man of the match in El Clasico
by Samuel Charles, January 30th, 2013 11:26PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  video

MOST COMMENTED

[VIDEO PICK: Great D] Raphael Varane a 19-year-old French defender was the best player on the field in Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal match that included multiple world champions and all three Ballon d'Or finalists.

Things heated up at the Bernabeu in Madrid when Cesc Fabregas put Barcelona ahead to start the second half, but the 6-foot-3 Varane skied over Fabregas and Gerard Pique in the 81st minute giving Real Madrid a 1-1 tie heading into the second leg in Barcelona on Feb. 27.

It has been a tumultuous year for Real Madrid, but Varane has been a bright spot, and these next two plays show not only did the young defender tie this game at the end --- he’s the only reason it was close.

A poor back pass to new goalkeeper Diego Lopez in the first 24th minute leads to a sure goal for Xavi, but Varane races back and calmly clears his line …




Here the lanky defender chases down Fabregas, who’s in on goal with Madrid losing 1-0, and the youngster makes a do-or-die tackle in the box ...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Wright-Phillips closes in on scoring record    
[MLS: Saturday] New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips is within three goals of the MLS record for goals ...
Lopez hat trick completes story-book ending    
[USL PRO: Semifinals] Sacramento Republic FC's magical season continued as Rodrigo Lopez scored a hat trick ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] No. 10 North Carolina came back from two goals down to stun No. 12 ...
What They're Saying: Yaya Toure    
"I've been in Manchester for four years now and I have never demanded a birthday cake." ...
Minnesota downs Scorpions before record crowd    
[NASL: Fall Week 11] Minnesota United FC regained the lead in the NASL fall standings as ...
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] No. 2 UCLA defeated UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, on a goal by German star ...
Harrisburg pulls another upset on the road    
[USL PRO: Semifinals] The eighth-seeded Harrisburg City Islanders, who had ousted regular-season champion Orlando City in ...
Where to Watch European Soccer    
The new European club season has started up. Here are places Soccer America readers recommend where ...
This is how you score from 90 yards     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] SC Paderborn 07, playing its first season ever in Bundesliga 1, finds itself ...
Quick Arsenal blitz drops Guzan's Aston Villa    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] The unbeaten start of Brad Guzan's Aston Villa to the English Premier League season ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives