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Copa del Rey draw: Barcelona get Athletic Bilbao rematch in quarterfinals

Photo credit: AFP.

Photo credit: AFP.

Holders Barcelona will face Athletic Bilbao in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey after Friday’s draw threw up a repeat of last season’s final.

Barca beat Athletic 3-1 with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a final played at the Camp Nou, before the Basque side gained a measure of revenge by winning when the teams met again in the Spanish Supercup at the start of this season.

The teams will meet at San Mames in the first leg next Wednesday with the return leg to come a week later.

Meanwhile, La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid will meet Celta Vigo while Gary Neville’s Valencia were drawn against Las Palmas.

SEE MORE: The honeymoon is over for Gary Nevilla at Valencia.

Mirandes, the only survivors from the second tier after they eliminated Deportivo la Coruna 4-1 on aggregate in the last 16, will face Sevilla.

Copa del Rey quarter-final draw

Celta Vigo vs. Atletico Madrid
Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona
Valencia vs. Las Palmas
Sevilla vs. Mirandes

NB – first legs to be played Jan. 20 or 21; second legs the following week.

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