The biggest upset from the last round of Copa Del Rey was Atletico Madrid’s shock defeat at the hands of third-tier side Cultural Leonesa. Sergio Benito’s 108th-minute extra-time strike secured a famous 2-1 win for minnows Cultural Leonesa.
Atletico Madrid have now lost their last three matches in all competitions. They have won just 6 matches in 17 in LaLiga games since early September.
Diego Simeone told reporters: “I have the desire to work like every day since I arrived. The penalties or the extra time in the Champions League didn’t change me, nor will going out in this round. I have an important squad and results will come soon.”
“You are in the position to have an opinion on what you feel and we don’t have the choice but to work, me and my players. We couldn’t be clinical in front of goal – that’s football – and when you can’t score, everything is more difficult.”
Zidane’s Real Madrid and Setien’s Barcelona also survived a scare in their Copa del Rey fixtures. Real Madrid faced Unionistas de Salamanca and Barcelona faced Ibiza in the previous round.
Real Madrid will this time visit Real Zaragoza, who are 4th in LaLiga 2. While Barcelona have been drawn against LaLiga side Leganes but they have the benefit of a home fixture as they bid to reach the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, the team in limelight Cultural Leonesa will face Copa del Rey holders Valencia in the round of 16.
The round of 16 draw in full:
- Badajoz vs Granada
- Cultural Leonesa vs Valencia
- Tenerife vs Athletic Bilbao
- Real Zaragoza vs Real Madrid
- Mirandes vs Sevilla
- Rayo Vallecano vs Villarreal
- Barcelona vs Leganes
- Real Sociedad vs Osasuna
The round of 16 matches will take place from 28-30 January.
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