Copa del Rey quarter-final kick-off times confirmed
The RFEF has confirmed the schedule for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, with Real Madrid and Barcelona's ties both to be held on Thursday.
Following Friday lunchtime's draw for the 2019/20 Copa del Rey quarter-finals, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced the kick-off times of the four last-eight ties, which are all to be held next midweek:
Tuesday 4 February:
Granada vs Valencia (21:00)*
Wednesday 5 February:
Mirandés vs Villarreal (21:00)
Thursday 6 February:
Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad (19:00)
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona (21:00)
*All times CET
Athletic take exception to extra La Real rest
The RFEF's original plan was to schedule Real Madrid's clash with Real Sociedad on Wednesday; however, the governing body was forced into a rethink after Athletic complained that this would give La Real an extra day's rest ahead of the Basque derby the following weekend.
Los Leones, who currently sit three points behind sixth-placed La Real in LaLiga, visit their local rivals at Reale Arena at 14:00 on Sunday 9 February.
Semis drawn the day after quarters
After the conclusion of the Copa quarter-finals, the draw for the semi-finals will take place on Friday 7 February, with the two-legged last-four ties due to be played on Wednesday 12 February and Wednesday 4 March.
The final, whose venue is yet to be confirmed, is to be held on Saturday 18 April.