The draw for the 2017/18 Copa del Rey last 32 was held at Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) headquarters on Thursday, with the stand-out clash seeing lowly Fuenlabrada paired with big-name Spanish-capital neighbours Real Madrid.
Fuenlabrada were one of seven third-tier teams who went into the draw guaranteed a tie with one of the LaLiga sides competing in Europe this term, with holders Barcelona to meet Murcia, and 2013 winners Atlético Madrid to face Elche.
Meanwhile, 2017 runners-up Alavés will play fellow Primera División outfit Getafe, 2016 finalists Sevilla take on Cartagena, and 23-time Copa victors Athletic Club come up against Formentera.
2017/18 Copa del Rey last-32 draw in full:
The last-32 ties will be contested over two legs, with the opener scheduled for 25 October and the return leg to be played on 29 November.
Cartagena vs Sevilla
Elche vs Atlético Madrid
Murcia vs Barcelona
Fuenlabrada vs Real Madrid
Formentera vs Athletic
Lleida vs Real Sociedad
Ponferradina vs Villarreal
Real Zaragoza vs Valencia
Numancia vs Málaga
Real Valladolid vs Leganés
Cádiz vs Real Betis
Tenerife vs Espanyol
Getafe vs Alavés
Deportivo La Coruña vs Las Palmas
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A reminder that the fourth-round ties will be played over two legs, with the first leg on 25 October and the return leg on 29 November. The first team out of the hat in each pairing will be the home side in the opener.
And Eibar vs Celta Vigo is the last fourth-round pairing.
Girona vs Levante
Next out is: Deportivo vs Las Palmas
So, last season's runners-up - who are yet to win a point in LaLiga this term, start against newly promoted Getafe, who have made a very decent start to the league and sit 10th.
Getafe vs Alavés
Now to the remaining four last-32 ties, to be divvied out between the eight Primera División teams left in the draw.
And it is: Tenerife vs Espanyol
One more Segunda/Primera tie to be drawn...
Cádiz vs Real Betis
Real Valladolid vs Leganés
The first two out of the hat are: Zaragoza vs Valencia and Numancia vs Málaga
Now to the remaining 13 Primera teams, with their first possible opponents the five Segunda teams in the draw:
Seventh clash: Ponferradina vs Villarreal
Sixth tie: Lleida vs Real Sociedad
We're done with the four Champions League clubs, now the three Europa League clubs: Fifth tie: Formentera vs Athletic Club
We're just being shown the Fuenlabrada squad's reaction to being drawn against Real Madrid. They are chuffed.
And the fourth tie is: Fuenlabrada vs Real Madrid - a capital derby!
The third pairing out of the hat is: Murcia vs Barcelona - the 1000-1 outsiders face the holders.
Next out: Elche vs Atlético Madrid.
The first clash out of the hat is: Cartagena vs Sevilla.
We're underway, starting with the ties involving Segunda B/top-flight teams in Europe...
We're now being told how to follow the draw. If we're watching you to hear that information, we don't need to be told it, surely?
And a reminder that the seven clubs playing in Europe will each be drawn against one of the seven Segunda B sides, while the nine remaining pairings will see the other Primera clubs face either a representative of Segunda or another top-tier side.
A reminder of the 32 teams in the draw: Primera División: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Atlético, Valencia, Real Sociedad, Betis, Athletic, Leganés, Villarreal, Levante, Las Palmas, Eibar, Girona, Getafe, Deportivo, Espanyol, Celta, Alavés and Málaga. Segunda División: Numancia, Cádiz, Tenerife, Valladolid and Zaragoza. Segunda División B: Ponferradina, Cartagena, Fuenlabrada, Formentera, Elche, Murcia and Lleida.
Ooh, doesn't it look shiny.
We're about to get cracking at RFEF HQ: here's a badge-based reminder of all the teams in the draw for the last-32 of the Copa del Rey.
If, on the other hand, you fancy trying to coax a little more moolah out of the bookies' coffers, why not stick your money on Murcia - the southern Spaniards are valued at €1,001 per euro bet.
Barcelona may have made off with the Copa del Rey in the past three seasons, but that doesn't make them favourites for the trophy this year, apparently: Real Madrid are priced at €2.50 per euro bet to lift the cup for the first time since 2014, with Barça priced a smidge further back at €2.52 per bob wagered, according to the latest odds produced by bet365.
As mentioned earlier, they will be paired with one of the seven Primera División clubs currently in Europe, so one of: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Athletic Club and Villarreal.
The final of this season's Copa del Rey will be played on 21 April 2018 - as for the question of where, well...see you next spring for that annual nonsense.
The Copa del Rey last-32 ties will be played over two legs, with the first leg to be played on 25 October, and the second legs scheduled for 29 November.
Meanwhile, the remaining nine fourth-round ties will see one of the 13 remaining Primera División teams take on either one of the five Segunda División clubs in the draw, or another top-tier outfit.
There are seven third-tier teams in the pot: Ponferradina, Cartagena, Fuenlabrada, Formentera, Elche, Murcia and Lleida. They are all guaranteed glamour ties, as they will each be drawn against one of the seven Primera teams competing in either the Champions League (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla) or the Europa League (Athletic Club, Real Sociedad and Villarreal).
The last 32 sees the entrance of the 20 clubs in the Spanish top flight - including holders Barcelona, who head into this season's Copa del Rey bidding to become the first team to lift the country's domestic cup four times in a row since Athletic Club back in the 1930s. Last term's Copa saw Barça beat Alavés in the final match at the Estadio Vicente Calderón to claim an unprecedented 29th tournament triumph.
Good morning! Join us for build-up to the 2017/18 Copa del Rey last-32 draw, which is just over two hours away!
Girona vs Levante
Eibar vs Celta Vigo
2017/18 Copa del Rey last-32 draw: as it happened
2017/18 Copa del Rey last-32 draw: preview
The 20 clubs in Primera División enter the 2017/18 Copa del Rey scene as a total of 32 teams learn the identity of their fourth-round opponents. Following three stages of one-off ties, Spain's domestic cup competition now switches to a two-legged format, with the first legs to be played on 25 October and the returns scheduled for 29 November.
In addition to the representatives from the top flight, there will also be five teams from Segunda División and seven from Segunda División B in the hat at Las Rozas, with the septet from the third tier each to be paired with one of the LaLiga clubs in Europe: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla, Athletic Club, Real Sociedad or Villarreal.
There will be five pots in the Copa del Rey last-32 draw, comprising:
-The four teams in the Champions League
-The three teams in the Europa League
-The 13 Primera teams not in Europe
-The five Segunda División teams
-The seven Segunda B teams
The full Copa del Rey last-32 draw line-up:
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Atlético, Valencia, Real Sociedad, Betis, Athletic, Leganés, Villarreal, Levante, Las Palmas, Eibar, Girona, Getafe, Deportivo, Espanyol, Celta, Alavés and Málaga. The seven clubs playing in Europe will each be drawn against one of the seven Segunda B sides still in the Copa del Rey, while the nine remaining pairings will see the other Primera clubs face either a representative of Segunda or another top-tier side.
Numancia, Cádiz, Tenerife, Valladolid and Zaragoza.
Segunda División B:
Ponferradina, Cartagena, Fuenlabrada, Formentera, Elche, Murcia and Lleida.
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