Madrid faces Sevilla in Copa del Rey

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

MADRID:

Real Madrid will play Sevilla in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey in a re­match of the Euro­pean Su­per Cup fi­nal, while de­fend­ing cham­pion Barcelona will face Ath­letic Bil­bao in a re­match of the Copa fi­nal two sea­sons ago. Madrid de­feated Sevilla in extra time to win the Su­per Cup four months ago. The teams are only four points apart atop the Span­ish league, with Madrid first and Sevilla third. Both made it to the knock­out round of the Cham­pi­ons League.

Sevilla lost last sea­son’s Copa fi­nal to Barcelona, which is seek­ing its third straight ti­tle in Spain’s sec­ond-most im­por­tant club com­pe­ti­tion. Barcelona won its record 28th Copa ti­tle last sea­son, when Madrid was dis­qual­i­fied in the open­ing round for field­ing an in­el­i­gi­ble player. Atletico Madrid will play Las Palmas, the team it de­feated 1-0 last week­end in its fi­nal Span­ish league game of the year.

Va­len­cia, still strug­gling un­der Coach Ce­sare Pran­delli, will meet Celta Vigo, while Vil­lar­real plays against Real So­ciedad. Vil­lar­real is fourth in the Span­ish league, one spot ahead of Real So­ciedad. The two sec­ond-divi­sion clubs in the draw, Cor­doba and Al­cor­con, will get to play each other. De­portivo La Coruna faces Alaves and Osasuna meets Eibar. The first-leg matches will be played in the first week of Jan­uary.

Copa del Rey draw

Draw for the last 16 of the Span­ish Copa del Rey, made yesterday:

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