FC Barcelona to play Athletic Club in Copa del Rey last 16
Two familiar rivals in the competition in recent years will meet again on January 18, 19 or 20
FC Barcelona have been drawn against Athletic Club de Bilbao in the last sixteen of the Copa del Rey. The game is a repeat of last season's final, and is between the two 'kings of cups'. Barça have won the competition a record 31 times, and the Basques are second with 23.
After winning 2-1 against Linares in their opening fixture, Xavi Hernández and his side continue the cup title defence in a game to be played as a single leg on January 18, 19 or 20. The exact time and date will be announced shortly.
The games not involving teams playing in the Spanish Super Cup will be played on January 15 and 16.
The rest of the draw for the last 16 is as follows:
Atlético Baleares v Valencia Girona v Rayo Vallecano Sporting Gijón v Cádiz Elche v Real Madrid Real Sociedad v Atlético Madrid Betis v Sevilla Mallorca v Espanyol
A cup classic
Just nine months ago, the Catalan and Basque clubs met in Seville in last season’s final, with Barça collecting the trophy thanks to an emphatic 4-0 win.
The clubs met the previous season too, in the quarter finals and also in a one-legged tie at San Mamés. Athletic won that game 1-0 with a late injury time goal.
The teams also met in the final in 2009, 2012 and 2015, with FC Barcelona victorious on every occasion.