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Barca slip to 2-2 draw at home in King’s Cup

Holders Barcelona’s hopes of retaining the Spanish Cup hang in the balance after being held 2-2 at home by 10-man Malaga in their Spanish Cup quarterfinal first leg clash.

Barca looked to be in the driving seat after coming from a goal down to lead 2-1 after half-an-hour thanks to two goals in as many minutes by Lionel Messi and veteran talismanic defender Carles Puyol.

Malaga’s Nacho Monreal was red carded 15 minutes from time for a trip on Pedro.However, just as Malaga have shown in their maiden Champions League campaign that they are made of stern stuff so they did in Barcelona as Ignacio Camacho tucked the ball away neatly with a minute remaining after both Puyol and centre-back partner Javier Mascherano failed to get high enough to clear a free-kick.

Barca enjoy an 11-point lead in La Liga over Atletico Madrid who lie second.
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