MADRID, Jan. 24 (SportsFinding) –
Barcelona will receive Leganés and Real Madrid will return to La Romareda to visit Real Zaragoza in the most outstanding matches in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, which will be played in a single match on January 28, 29 and 30.
The draw held this Friday at the City of Soccer in Las Rozas (Madrid) also left the cultural duels Leonesa-Valencia, Real Sociedad-Osasuna, Mirandés-Sevilla, Tenerife-Athletic, Rayo Vallecano-Villarreal and Badajoz-Granada.
The draw was directed at the beginning to ensure that Cultural and Badajoz, executioners of Atlético de Madrid and Eibar, respectively, were once again paired with top-level rivals in their dream of going far in the competition.
The Leonese team, protagonist of the great round of sixteenth finals, was paired with Valencia, which comes from eliminating precisely its great rival for the leadership in Group II of Second B, the Logroñés. The reigning champion was lucky and will put his crown back into play before a bronze division rival.
For its part, the Badajoz was left without the 'jackpot' of receiving one of the 'greats' of Spanish football, especially for the economic factor, but will dispute with the illusion intact his encounter against a Granada that is before A great opportunity to get into the quarterfinals.
THE ZIDANE PENDING ACCOUNTS WITH THE ZARAGOZA
As for the top favorites, Barcelona, after overcoming a bad drink in Ibiza, will have the support of Camp Nou in their tie against Leganés, a rival more concerned surely because of his precarious league situation than to shine in the Cup.
In the precedent of this season, played two months ago in Butarque, the Barca team suffered to win through Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal (1-2) and overcome the great goal of Youssef En-Nasyri. The Moroccan striker, transferred to Sevilla, will no longer be the same as the visiting coach of that day, Ernesto Valverde, replaced by Quique Setién.
For its part, Real Madrid will return to La Romareda almost seven years after his last visit. It was on the 29th day of the 2012-13 season, when that duel ended in a draw (1-1) and the Aragonese team would end up descending shortly thereafter to the Second Division, where it has remained since then.
Winner of the Cup six times, Zaragoza, fourth place in LaLiga SmartBank, does not go through its best days, but will play encouraged by the memory of old battles such as the final of 2004, when he knocked down the 'Galactics' in Montjuic (3- 2), or the semifinals of 2005-06, with 6-1 of La Romareda and the almost white comeback in the Bernabéu (4-0). Zinédine Zidane lived both disappointments as a player and will now seek revenge from the bench.
Apart from the duel at the Camp Nou, the other confrontation with two First teams will be played in San Sebastian, where the Royal Society will receive Osasuna. The San Sebastian team starts as a light favorite, but cannot be neglected against an opponent who is giving a very good level in his return to Primera. A month ago, the Real took the duel league in an exciting clash in the Sadar (3-4)
The other three duels of eighths will measure First and Second teams with field advantage for the lower category clubs. Sevilla will play in Anduva against Mirandés, who dreams of repeating his historic semifinal of the 2011-12 season, while Athletic, a purely butler team that has not reached the final since 2015, will face Tenerife in Heliodoro Rodríguez Lopez In addition, Rayo Vallecano, executioner of Betis, aspires to collect another piece of big game in front of Villarreal.
– FINAL CUP OF THE CUP OF THE KING.
Barcelona – Leganés.
Real Zaragoza – Real Madrid.
Cultural Leonesa – Valencia.
Real Sociedad – Osasuna.
Mirandés – Seville.
Tenerife – Athletic Club.
Rayo Vallecano – Villarreal.
Badajoz – Granada.