Real Madrid with tough competition; That’s how the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey was defined. And Barcelona?

2023-01-07

The clash between Villarreal and Real Madrid at the Estadio de La Cerámica will be a fitting match for the Round of 16 of this year’s Copa del Rey, which will be played in one match.

Additionally, Barcelona will face AD ​​Ceuta, the only team in the Primera RFEF competition, at home, and Atlético de Madrid will face Levante. The scheduled dates for the contention of these fights are 17th, 18th and 19th January.

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As for the head-to-head between the Castellon men and the Madridistas, it will be the second time they meet in the competition. The previous one was in the 98-99 season, in the round of 16 and a doubleheader, and was won 2-0 and 0-2 by the Whites.

Three more times, Barcelona and Ceuta have met their forces in this competition. The Blaugrana won them all, the first in the round of 16 tie in the same match in 2000-2001 (0-3) and the second and third in 2010-2011 (0-2 in the first leg and 5-1 in the return).

Ceuta, on Barcelona: “It’s a party” The ball bearing the Catalan team’s name was unveiled at Cuudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas by Ceuta club vice-president Mohamed Saib: “It’s a great joy. For the fans, for the city, for the players. We’ll try to do our best.”

In addition, in a phone call, captain Alberto Reyna expressed his feelings: “It’s nice to have Barcelona, ​​one of the candidates for the title. It will be a treat. We wanted a big one to play with us, and it was like that, we will do the best with our weapons and fight to make it difficult for them ».

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This will be Levante and Atletico’s second appearance in the Copa del Rey. The previous one was in the round of 32 in 2006-2007, both won 0-1 away from home and the Rojiblancos went on penalties.

On the other hand, Betis and Osasuna will repeat the final of the tournament in 2005 when the two teams met at the Benito Villamarin and the Verdiblancos won 2-1 with a goal from Dani in extra time.

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They also know what it’s like to play the title game between Alaves and Sevilla, who meet in Mendesorosa in one of three qualifying rounds between clubs in the top division and the silver division.

The same situation occurs at Sporting de Gijón-Valencia, the most immediate example in this context happened in the round of 16 of 2018-2019. Valencia picked it up when they came from behind in the second leg with a 3-0 win in the first leg in favor of the Asturians.

The former was the last meeting between Real Sociedad and Mallorca in the Copa del Rey. It was a doubleheader of the 2011–2012 campaign and despite the Basques winning the first leg 2–0 at home, the Balearic Islands had the stronger days. Then 6-1. Real Arena will now carry out the punishment.

Athletic and Espanyol, who last met in the competition during the 2014-2015 semi-finals, will remain the clash at San Mames. 1-1 in the first leg and 0-2 in the second to the Rojiblancos.

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Copa del Rey Round of 16:
Ciudad-Barcelona
Levante – Atlético de Madrid
Game-Valencia
Alaves – Seville
Bettis – Osasuna
Villarreal – Real Madrid
Real Sociedad – Majorca
Athletics – Espanyol.

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