October 24, 2016

Barcelona to face Athletic Bilbao in Copa del Rey

Photo Archive: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

Holders Barcelona will face Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey after Friday’s draw threw up a repeat of last season’s final.

Barca beat Athletic 3-1 with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a final played at the Camp Nou, before the Basque side gained a measure of revenge by winning when the teams met again in the Spanish Supercup at the start of this season.

The teams will meet at San Mames in the first leg next Wednesday with the return leg to come a week later.

Meanwhile, La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid will meet Celta Vigo while Gary Neville’s Valencia were drawn against Las Palmas.

Mirandes, the only survivors from the second tier after they eliminated Deportivo la Coruna 4-1 on aggregate in the last 16, will face Sevilla.

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