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Copa del Rey Last 16 Draw

The Copa del Rey last-16 draw has thrown Real Madrid against Leganes, who beat the Spanish giants in last season’s competition.

The Madrid clubs were drawn as opponents in the tournament’s round of 16 on Thursday.

Leganes eliminated Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last year: Real won the first leg 1-0 away, but Leganes stunned Los Blancos with a 2-1 second-leg victory at the Bernabeu to progress on away goals.

Real Madrid’s Director de Institucional Relations Emilio Butragueño gave his thoughts on the Copa del Rey Last 16 draw saying:

“Of course last year’s meeting doesn’t bring many good memories for us – especially since we lost at the Bernabéu. This time we’ll be playing the first leg at home.

“We know what these Cup ties are all about and that they are very evenly-fought. The first leg will be played just after Christmas and will meet Villarreal on the 3rd – a few days before. So we’re in for a busy month. I’m sure Leganés will make things difficult for us”.

Meanwhile reigning champions and record 30-time cup winners Barcelona will face east coast side Levante.

The only side outside the top flight, second division Sporting Gijon, play Valencia, while last season’s runners-up Sevilla face struggling Athletic Bilbao.

The other fixtures are Getafe v Real Valladolid, Real Betis v Real Sociedad, Girona v Atletico Madrid and Villarreal v Espanyol.

The first legs will take place between January 8-10, with the second legs a week later, January 15-17.

VAR will also be used starting in this round.