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Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao in the first knockout round of the Copa del Rey

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Berlin: This season’s King’s Cup round of 16 will see a repeat of the final of the last edition of the tournament, after Barcelona’s draw against Athletic Bilbao. This role will also witness the Seville derby.

Barcelona faced Bilbao in April last year and won four net in the final in Seville, where Lionel Messi scored two goals, helping Barcelona reach their only cup in a disappointing season, and this title was Messi’s last with the team.

Barcelona qualified for the round of 16 after defeating Linares Deportivo 2-1. The other main confrontation of this role will bring together two teams from Sevilla: Real Betis and Sevilla, while Real Sociedad hosts Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, Real Madrid is a guest of Elche. This means Real will face Elche twice a week, as Real hosts Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu on 23 January.

The round of 16 will be played in the week of January 17th. When asked if he thought the draw had made his team an easier match than Barcelona and Atletico Madrid awaits, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said: “Well, no, all teams want to look good.” He added: “It will be a difficult game, we have to prepare ourselves properly, as we face Elche. For me it’s just a draw and we want to be focused and ready because the Copa del Rey is important to us.”

Below is the list of matches in the round of 16

  • Atletico Balearic vs Valencia.
  • Girona vs Rayo Vallecano.
  • Sporting Jaijon vs Cadiz.
  • Elche vs Real Madrid.
  • Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid.
  • Real Betis vs Sevilla.
  • Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona.
  • Mallorca vs Espanyol.

(DBA / Run Statistics)
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