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Barcelona to play city rival Espanyol in Copa del Rey

December 18, 2015

MADRID (AP) — Defending champion Barcelona will face city rival Espanyol in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey.

The Catalan clubs were drawn to face each other Friday, as were Seville teams Real Betis and Sevilla.

Atletico Madrid will face Rayo Vallecano, while Athletic Bilbao, last year’s runner-up, will play against Villarreal. Valencia will face Granada.

Only two lower-division teams made it to the round of 16. Second-division club Mirandes will play Deportivo La Coruna, while Cadiz, the only third-tier team in the draw, will face Celta Vigo. Eibar will meet Las Palmas.

Cadiz advanced after Real Madrid was eliminated from the competition for fielding an illegible player.

The games will be played on Jan. 6 and Jan. 13.

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