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Spain’s Top Teams Will Face Off In Last 16 Of Copa Del Rey

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 19: The winner's trophy reflects the presentation before the Copa del Rey final between Atletico de Madrid and Sevilla at Camp Nou stadium on May 19, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. Sevilla won 2-0. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

La Liga’s big hitters will all face tricky opponents in the last 16 of the Copa Del Rey.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid, currently three points clear at the top of the Spanish league with a game in hand on second-placed Barcelona, will play third-placed Sevilla in the two-legged fixture, a repeat of the Spanish Super Cup four months ago, won by Real.

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Los Blancos are yet to lose a domestic fixture so far this season but that record will be under threat from last year’s finalists Sevilla, who like Real are also in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

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The European champions are looking to make amends from their farcical Copa del Rey campaign last season, when they were disqualified for fielding an unregistered player.

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Elsewhere, 2016 winners Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao, seventh in La Liga, in a mouth-watering Basque versus Catalan clash, and a rematch of the Copa del Rey final from two seasons ago.

Barcelona had a slight hiccup in the round of 32 when they drew away to third-tier Hercules 1-1 in the first leg, but made amends by thrashing the minnows 7-0 on Wednesday without having to play Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez or Neymar.

Diego Simeone‘s tough season with Atletico Madrid – the regular title challengers are nine points off the La Liga pace in sixth place – will not get any easier, as they will have to travel to the Canary Islands to face Las Palmas.

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Las Palmas are 10th in La Liga, and could prove a real banana skin for Simeone’s men.

Meanwhile, there will definitely be a Segunda Division side in the quarter-finals after the only two sides left in the draw not from the top tier, Alcoron and Cordoba, were drawn against each other.

The full draw is as follows:

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