Real Madrid No2 Aitor Karanka was delighted for goalscorer Raphael Varane after their 1-1 draw against Barcelona in the first-leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal.

Varane struck a deserved equaliser to give Real hope going to the Nou Camp for the second-leg.

"To begin with Rafa, he cannot do better. He scored a goal and made the draw. To follow his progress is enjoyable because he also has a good head on his shoulders.

"With the team we had to play in the beginning, everyone has done really well. We are very happy with the game."