Barca and Malaga play out a stalemate in Kings Cup

Updated: January 17, 2013

A late equaliser by Malaga leveled the first leg of the Kings Cup quarterfinal with Barcelona at the Nou Camp 2-2, keeping alive their hopes of a potential semifinal showdown with Real Madrid.

Malaga got on the score sheet first, Manuel Iturra slotting past Jose Manuel Pinto, Messi inevitably provided the equaliser before the perennial Puyol put them ahead, however, Barca failed to make their numerical advantage count and Ignacio Camacho was left unmarked at the far post to clip in a 90th-minute equaliser.

New Sevilla coach Unai Emery, appointed this week to replace the sacked Michel, had a disappointing debut when the Andalusian club were held to a 0-0 draw at Real Zaragoza.

The winners of the quarterfinal tie will meet Atletico Madrid or Real Betis, who play their first leg at Atletico’s Calderon stadium on Thursday, in the last four.