COPA DEL REY

Copa del Rey quarter-final draw sees repeat of last year's final

Copa del Rey quarter-final draw sees repeat of last year's final

Lluis Gene

AFP

Sevilla have been paired with Barcelona in a repeat of the 2017/18 showpiece, with Real Madrid drawing Girona.

Friday's Copa del Rey quarter-final draw saw holders Barcelona paired with Sevilla in the tie of the round, in what is a repeat of last year's final.

Sevilla out to avenge 5-0 final thrashing by Barcelona

Barça, the competition's most decorated club with 30 titles, memorably thumped Sevilla 5-0 in last season's showpiece to clinch their fourth straight Copa crown. 

The Blaugrana, who today escaped punishment for allegedly fielding an ineligible player against Levante in the last 16, are bidding to become the first club to lift the trophy five years in a row.

Girona take on Real Madrid after downing Atlético

Meanwhile, Girona were rewarded for dumping out Atlético Madrid - and reaching the last eight for the first occasion in their history - with a clash against 19-time winners Real Madrid.

Elsewhere, Getafe were pitted against Valencia and Espanyol will face Real Betis.

The quarter-final first legs are to be played on 22, 23 and 24 January, with the returns scheduled for 29, 30 and 31 January.

Copa del Rey quarter-final draw:

Real Madrid* vs Girona

Getafe* vs Valencia

Sevilla* vs Barcelona

Espanyol* vs Real Betis

*At home in the first leg.

Copa del Rey quarter-final draw: as it happened

  Here's our full report on the RFEF's decision to throw out Levante's complaint against Barcelona for allegedly fielding an ineligible player in the sides' last-16 first leg. Los Granotas have confirmed that they are to appeal the ruling, and we'll be sure to keep you up-to-date on the latest developments on that as and when they come in. Thanks for reading!

The first legs will be played on 22, 23 and 24 January, with the returns on 29, 30 and 31 January.

  So, the draw in full: Real Madrid vs Girona, Getafe vs Valencia, Sevilla vs Barcelona, Espanyol vs Real Betis. Madrid, Getafe, Sevilla and Espanyol are at home in the first legs; Girona, Valencia, Barça and Betis are the hosts in the returns.

  Three ties out of four decided, and by a process of elimination that leaves Real Betis and Espanyol. All we need to find out is whether it's Betis vs Espanyol or Espanyol vs Betis.... and it's the latter.

So, that's a repeat of the 2016 and 2018 finals, neither of which Sevilla will want to be reminded about in a hurry - particularly last year's showpiece at the Wanda Metropolitano, which saw Barcelona wallop the Andalusians 5-0.

Out comes the third tie: and it's Sevilla... against Barcelona!

  Now for the second quarter-final tie, which will be... Getafe against Valencia! That's a repeat of the 2008 final, which saw Los Che beat the men from Madrid 3-1, in what was the most recent of their seven Copa del Rey wins.

  Real Madrid are the first team out of the hat! And they will face... Girona! The Catalans are in the quarter-finals of the Copa for the first time in their history, and were arguably the story of the last 16, knocking out Real's city rivals Atlético on away goals after a thrilling 3-3 second-leg draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.

And the draw is underway!

  The draw is about to get going any moment now. The balls will be drawn by children from the academies of the clubs in the pot, by the way.

  So, Barcelona remain in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals barring a successful Levante appeal. A reminder that Barça are joined in the hat by Espanyol, Getafe, Girona, Real Betis, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia.

Case closed? Er, no. AS journalist Conrado Valle reports that Levante will, barring any unexpected U-turns, now take their case to Spain's Administrative Court for Sport.

    As mentioned earlier, RFEF regulations say that clubs have 24 hours after a midweek game to submit a complaint against a team suspected of fielding an ineligible player - so Levante only had until late on 11 January to take their case to the Federation, and have missed the deadline by a week.

  In its statement, the RFEF confirms that it rejected Levante's complaint against Barcelona "because it was received outside of the established deadline".

  BARCELONA STAY IN THE COPA: The RFEF have just released a statement revealing that Levante's case against Barça has been rejected by the body's disciplinary committee, and that the result of the sides' last-16 tie has been upheld.

We have a ruling!

However, RFEF regulations appear to stipulate that Levante had a maximum of 24 hours after the first leg to file their complaint - a deadline which passed on 11 January. Meanwhile, Barça are arguing that, according to a recent clarification issued by the RFEF on the wording of its rules on player suspensions, Chumi's ban - picked up while playing for Barça B in Segunda B - was applicable to LaLiga but not the Copa del Rey.

The RFEF is due to issue a ruling on the matter presently...

  Barça's 3-0 second-leg win last night gave them a 4-2 aggregate victory over Levante, but Los Granotas have today submitted a complaint to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) over Chumi's alleged ineligibility, with the club's president, Quico Catalán, telling reporters: "We feel that there is solid enough jurisprudence to back up the club's decision to take the matter to the RFEF."

The Catalans come into today's draw under something of a cloud, in the wake of claims that defender Juan Brandáriz 'Chumi' played in their last-16 first leg against Levante despite being suspended.

Barça, whose 30 Copa del Rey victories make them the competition's most decorated club, have lifted the trophy in each of the past four seasons, and are now bidding to become the first team ever to win it five years in a row. BUT...

Sporting Gijón's last-16 elimination by Valencia means that we have an all-Primera División line-up of teams in the quarter-final hat: Barcelona, Espanyol, Getafe, Girona, Real Betis, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Los Che.

We'll be bringing you news of every last-eight pairing as it comes out of the hat right here, but if you're also in the market for a live video feed of the draw, then you may wish to avail yourself of our useful guide on how and where to watch.

Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the draw for the 2018/19 Copa del Rey quarter-finals, which is due to get underway at 17:00 CET.

Copa del Rey quarter-final draw: preview

The eight remaining clubs in the 2018/19 Copa del Rey are to learn the identity of their next opponents in this afternoon's quarter-final draw in Madrid.

Barcelona, Espanyol, Getafe, Girona, Real Betis, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia make up an all-Primera División hat, after Sporting Gijón - the only side outside the top tier to make the last 16 - were knocked out by Los Che on Tuesday.

Barcelona awaiting 'Chumi-gate' resolution

Holders Barça are bidding to become the first club in history to win the Copa five years in a row, but head into the draw with question marks over their future in this season's competition, in the wake of claims they fielded an ineligible player against Levante in the previous round.

Draw set for 17:00 CET start

Held at the Spanish Football Federation's (RFEF) headquarters on the outskirts of the capital city, today's event is due to get underway at 17:00 CET, and for the first time ever will take place in front of a public audience.