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Copa del Rey: Barcelona and Real Madrid to meet in semi-finals

Friday's Copa del Rey semi-final draw threw up a Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Real Betis were paired with Valencia.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - October 28, 2018 Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic in action with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo

Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet three times in the space of a month after being paired together in Friday's Copa del Rey semi-final draw.

Semi-final Clásico immediately followed by LaLiga clash

The arch rivals are set to face off in the first leg at the Camp Nou on 6 February, before concluding their last-four tie at the Bernabéu on 27 February.

And that return leg comes just under a week before the pair again go head-to-head in Madrid, this time in LaLiga, in a match-up expected to be on 2 March.

Barça and Madrid were last pitted against each other in the Copa in the 2014 final, which Los Blancos won 2-1 courtesy of a memorable Gareth Bale solo goal.

Betis to meet Valencia in other semi-final

In the other semi-final, meanwhile, Real Betis - whose home ground, the Estadio Benito Villamarín, will host the final on 25 May - were drawn against Valencia.

Betis and Valencia's tie is due to be on 7 and 27 February.

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2018/19 Copa del Rey semi-final draw: as it happened

2018/19 Copa del Rey semi-final draw: preview

The four remaining clubs in the 2018/19 Copa del Rey are to learn the identity of their next opponents in this lunchtime's semi-final draw in Seville.

Barcelona, Madrid, Betis and Valencia in semi-final pot

Barcelona, Real Betis, Real Madrid and Valencia are the teams in the hat after all coming through high-scoring clashes in what was an entertaining last eight.

Holders Barça remain in the hunt to win a record fifth straight Copa after overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat Sevilla, while Betis, Madrid and Valencia saw off Espanyol, Girona and Getafe, respectively, in a round that averaged 7.5 goals per tie.

Semi-final draw to get going at 13:30 CET

Held at Betis' Estadio Benito Villamarín, which has been confirmed as the venue for the final on 25 May, today's draw is due to get underway at 13:30 CET.


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