MADRID: Real Madrid will get an opportunity for revenge against Barcelona when the Spanish teams meet in the Copa del Rey semifinals. The rivals were paired in unison in Monday’s draw, which also set up a semifinal match between Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna.
On January 15, Madrid lost the Spanish Super Cup final against Barcelona 3-1 in Saudi Arabia, the same score by which it defeated the Catalan team in their opening "clásico" of the Spanish league season.
Barcelona advanced to the 2019 semifinals with a 3-0 victory in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium the previous time they faced off in the Copa del Rey. This season, Madrid will host the opening leg, with Camp Nou hosting the return.
Since Madrid will be competing in the Club World Cup in Morocco, the opening leg of this season's semifinals will now need to be postponed until around a month from now.
With 31, Barcelona has eight more Copa del Rey victories than Athletic. Madrid has 19 but none since 2014, whereas Osasuna's highest finish was second place in 2005 after losing to Real Betis in the championship game.
Up to this point, all rounds had been played as single games. Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid to move to the final four, while Barcelona eliminated Real Sociedad. The final will be played on May 6 in Seville.
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