Copa del Rey 20/21 third round draw: as it happened

Copa del Rey - Third round draw

The exact dates and kick-off times for these fixtures will be confirmed in the next 24/48 hours by the Spanish FA after a consultation process with the clubs and television rights holders.

A reminder that these third round games will be played on January 16 & 17 with the four Super Cup sides playing their fixtures on 20-21 January.

Copa del Rey 2020/21 Third round fixtures:

​​​​​​Cornellà-Barcelona

Ibiza-Athletic

Alcoyano-Real Madrid

Córdoba-Real Sociedad

Peña Deportiva-Valladolid

Navalcarnero-Eibar

Málaga-Granada

Almería-Alavés

Leganés-Sevilla

Alcorcón-Valencia

Girona-Cádiz

Sporting de Gijón-Betis

Espanyol-Osasuna

Fuenlabrada-Levante

Rayo Vallecano-Elche

Tenerife-Villarreal

And match 16 will see Tenerife host Villarreal

Second last tie sees, Rayo Vallecano face Elche

Fuenlabrada will take on Levante

Next out is Espanyol and they will face Osasuna

Eight teams/four ties still to be drawn....

Copa 3rd round recap:

Cornellà-Barcelona

Ibiza-Athletic

Alcoyano-Real Madrid

Córdoba-Real Sociedad

Peña Deportiva-Valladolid

Navalcarnero-Eibar

Málaga-Granada

Almería-Alavés

Leganés-Sevilla

Alcorcón-Valencia

Girona-Cádiz

Sporting - Betis

Sporting Gijon will welcome Real Betis to El Molinon

Girona will play Cadiz in the 3rd round

Next 2a side out is, Alcorcon and the side from Santo Domingo will play Valencia

Next tie sees, Leganes-Sevilla

Almeria will welcome Alaves

Next up is Malaga and they will face Granada

Recap of the six confirmed 3rd round ties

Cornellà-Barcelona
Ibiza-Athletic
Alcoyano-Real Madrid
Córdoba-Real Sociedad
Peña Deportiva-Valladolid
Navalcarnero-Eibar

6 ties already confirmed with ten to go. Next up is Alex Talavera (President of UE Cornellá who caused a major upset in eliminating At. Madrid in the second round) who will pick the next series of balls-teams.

Final 2B side out is Navalcarnero and they will welcome SD Eibar to their compact stadium

Next side out is ..... Peña Deportiva and they will face Valladolid

2B side Navalcarnero is a small town in the Madrid region and play at a wonderfully picturesque ground with just two stands.

Esnaider from CDA Navalcarnero (son of Juan Eduardo ...Juve, Real Madrid, At.Madrid Zaragoza ....) is the next person on hand to select the next balls that represent the next teams to be drawn. 

Real Sociedad will be the final Super Copa side out and the Basque outfit will travel to Cordoba

Game 3: Alcoyano and they will face Real Madrid

Next up: UD Ibiza who will face Athletic Club

UE Cornellá vs. FC Barcelona ....local derby !!!

Draw time ......

 

The new Adidas Context 21 match ball is presented (whihc will be the official match-ball for the rest of the Copa) as we're introduced to the four individuals who will pick the balls.... the UD Ibiza club captain, head of media relations at Real Madrid, Emilio Buitragueño. 

Ahead of the draw, a final reminder of the 32 teams in today's third round draw:

​​​​​​Supercopa participants: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Real Sociedad & Athletic.

1a División. Villarreal, Sevilla, Valladolid, Elche, Levante, Granada, Betis, Alavés, Osasuna, Valencia, Eibar & Cádiz.

2a División. Alcorcón, Almería, Leganés, Rayo, Espanyol, Tenerife, Fuenlabrada, Málaga, Sporting & Girona.

Segunda B. Córdoba, Ibiza, Navalcarnero, Cornellà, Alcoyano & Peña Deportiva.

We're live in Las Rozas at the Spanish FA headquarters and our host confirms that today's draw will be non-presencial (ie there are no club representatives present) as a consequence of the pandemic. Just four representatives from some of the 2B sides in the competition who will draw the teams from the bowls. 

A reminder that these third round games will be played on January 16 & 17 with the four Super Cup sides playing their fixtures on 20-21 January.

The Spanish FA (who oversee the running and governance of the Copa del Rey) have yet to learn from UEFA and their draw procedures tend to just be a tad drawn out and not the snappy affairs that we've been accustomed to when tuning in to Nyon in recent years .Having said that, I fully expect all third round fixtures to be known in approximately 45-50 minutes or so.

Six possible rivals from 2B await Real Madrid in the third round: A trip to Ibiza, Cordoba, Cornella, Alcoy or a short hop to Navalcarnero awaits Zidane's men.

Despite the elimination of At. Madrid and Getafe, there are still six sides from Madrid involved in the competition with top flight Real Madrid being joined by 2a division outfits Rayo Vallecano, Fuenlabrada Leganes and Alcorcon. Navalcanero fly the flag for lower league football. Club Deportivo Artistico Navalcarnero to give the football club their full name ! 

Ibiza

Better known for its beaches and vibrant nightlife as opposed to its footballing culture, the Balearic island of Ibiza will have two representatives in this third round with UD Ibiza and Peña Deportivo flying the flag for the 'white island'.

Less than 20' ahead of the draw.... a reminder of the 32 sides in today's Copa del Rey 3rd round draw:

Supercopa participants: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Real Sociedad & Athletic.

1a División. Villarreal, Sevilla, Valladolid, Elche, Levante, Granada, Betis, Alavés, Osasuna, Valencia, Eibar & Cádiz.

2a División. Alcorcón, Almería, Leganés, Rayo, Espanyol, Tenerife, Fuenlabrada, Málaga, Sporting & Girona.

Segunda B. Córdoba, Ibiza, Navalcarnero, Cornellà, Alcoyano & Peña Deportiva.

Eibar

Eibar also squeaked through with an extra time win (3-4) over Las Rozas CF (2B). The Basque side were cruising 0-3 but three goals in six minutes from the Madrid side saw the tie head to extra time. 

2B Galician side Pontevedra took LaLiga's Cadiz to a penalty shoot-out last night at the Estadio Pasaron with the Andalusian side ultimately prevailing from the spot to advance with keeper David Gil the hero

Word is coming through that sadly, veteran crooner Rod Stewart has been snowed-in at Edinburgh and will be unable to make today's Copa draw in Madrid.

Cup draw fans will be deprived of this artistry : )

Simeone

Atlético Madrid, Celta Vigo, Getafe and last night SD Huesca were the major victims of 2nd round giant killing acts at the hands of Cornella, Ibiza, Córdoba and Alcoyano respectively. 

Read more: Simeone reacts to Copa exit

We still have the small matter of the 2019/20 Copa del Rey final still to be played as the Covid-19 pandemic saw the Basque final between Real Sociedad and Athletic Club postponed indefinitely. The FA have earmarked 4 April as a final date but both involved teams have stated that they only want the game to take place with supporters present and are prepared to forfeit the match if this is not the case. 

Copa del Rey dates

​​​​​​Round of 16: 27 January 2021

Quarter-finals: February 3 2021

Semi-finals: (Two legs: February 10 and 3 March)

Final:17 April in Seville.

All games at this stage are single leg matches with the ground of the smaller league side being the home venue. All four Spanish Super Cup sides (Madrid, Barça, Real Sociedad and Athletic) will be pitted with an away trip to one of the 2B clubs.

Third Round Copa del Rey dates

Games will be played on January 16 & 17 with the four Super Cup sides playing their fixtures on 20-21 January

The remaining participants hail from La Liga: Villarreal, Sevilla, Valladolid, Elche, Levante, Granada, Betis, Alavés, Osasuna, Valencia, Eibar & Cádiz.

along with Segunda División sides: Alcorcón, Almería, Leganés, Rayo Vallecano, Espanyol, Tenerife, Fuenlabrada, Málaga, Sporting & Girona

Super Cup

The four Spanish Super Cup participants: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Real Sociedad & Athletic enter the competition at this stage after securing byes from Rounds 1 and 2. The 2021 Super Cup will be staged next week in a series of venues in Andalucia and not Saudi Arabia due to ongoing pandemic prevention measures. 

Córdoba, Ibiza, Navalcarnero, Alcoyano & Peña Deportiva are the other semi-professional sides to progress to this Round of 32. 

32 sides remain in contention looking for a place in the 18 April final which will be played at the La Cartuja stadium in Seville. Six sides from Spain's 2B (third tier) remain in the competition with UE Cornella making the headlines earlier this week for their elimination of LaLiga leaders At. Madrid

Hello and a very warm welcome to you all ahead of today's Copa del Rey (2020/21) third round draw with the action getting underway at the Spanish FA Las Rozas HQ at 1300 CET. 

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