Real Madrid, Barcelona Y Atlético de Madrid, favorites in all the local tournaments they compete, will compete in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey. In fact, this Friday, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) carried out the draw for the aforementioned instance and the three most important clubs in the country already know their rivals.
The merengue team led by Carlo Ancelotti will meet Alcoyano, a duel that will be repeated from the previous season. Eleven months ago, the capital’s team faced the modest opponent of promotion tournaments and were surprisingly eliminated 2-1 in a commitment that was just defined in overtime.
The Alcoy-based entity, which is currently in the third category of Spanish football, reacted as soon as the crossing with the top Champions League winners was known. “Real Madrid will be our rival again in the round of 32. Let’s dream big! “says the post before taking on the ‘White House’.
For its part, Barcelona will also face an adversary that comes from the Third Division of Spain. Thus, Linares Deportivo is the first obstacle that the team led by Xavi Hernández will have to overcome. “Barcelona will visit Linarejos for the first time. Our rival in the Copa del Rey round of 32 is nothing more and nothing less than the King of Cups “, reacted the rival of the culés.
While Diego Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid will go head-to-head with Rayo Majadahonda. In turn, Athletic Club was paired with the only representative of the fourth category: Atlético Mancha Real. Another of the LaLiga clubs that is still in the race is Celta de Vigo, of the Peruvian Renato Tapia, who collides with Atlético Baleares.
Finally, the draw, conditioned since two First Division teams could not face each other, and those of lower category had to cross with the four that will be in the Spanish Super Cup (Madrid, Barça, Atlético and Athletic), produced other crosses such as the Zaragoza-Sevilla or Leganés-Real Sociedad.
The games of the sixteenth of the Copa del Rey are agreed to be played on Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 January 2022. By arrangement of the organization, the lowest category team in the tie will act as local. That is to say, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid, Athletic Club, Celta, etc., will move to the field of their opponents.
Copa del Rey: Round of 32 pairings
Atlético Mancha Real (4th) – Athletic Club (1st)
Rayo Majadahonda (3rd) – Atlético de Madrid (1st)
Alcoyano (3rd) – Real Madrid (1st)
Linares Deportivo (3rd) – FC Barcelona (1st)
Atlético Baleares (3rd) – Celta de Vigo (1st)
Real Valladolid (2nd) – Real Betis (1st)
Almería (2nd) – Elche (1st)
Mirandés (2nd) – Rayo Vallecano (1st)
Cartagena (2nd) – Valencia CF (1st)
Sporting Gijón (2nd) – Villarreal (1st)
SD Eibar (2nd) – Mallorca (1st)
Fuenlabrada (2nd) – Cádiz (1st)
Leganés (2nd) – Real Sociedad (1st)
Girona (2nd) – Osasuna (1st)
Zaragoza (2nd) – Sevilla FC (1st)
Ponferradina (2nd) – Espanyol (1st)
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