Real Madrid travel to Africa, Atlético face Catalan minnows: Copa Del Rey Round of 32 At a Glance

The Copa Del Rey’s two-legged format doesn’t hold much capacity for shocks but it does give the smaller clubs from Spain’s lower reaches the chance to play the superpowers in front of their own fans. After a torrid weekend, Real Madrid minus the sacked Julen Lopetegui head to the Spanish autonomous city of Melilla in Morocco to face the UD Melilla of the Spanish third tier. Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia are also in action in the Round of 32 this midweek. Thursday (1st November) is All Saints’ Day in Spain meaning kick-off times are staggered on a national holiday.

 

Selected Fixtures:

Sant Andreu vs Atlético Madrid

Campo Municipal Narcís Sala (6,500 capacity), Tuesday 20:30 GMT

The only fourth tier side left in this season’s competition host Diego Simeone’s Atleti in an autonomous district of Barcelona. Sant Andreu were victors over Calahorra in the previous round to make it to the Round of 32 for the first time since 2013. Their opponents have won the cup on 10 previous occasions, with the last one coming in 2013, and have played in 19 finals in total. These two have met at this stage before; Atlético were victors in 2013 with a 4-0 win at Narcís Sala while Sant Andreu did manage a goal in a 2-1 second-leg defeat at the Vicente Calderón.

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Melilla vs Real Madrid

Estadio Municipal Álvarez Claro (10,000), Wednesday 18:30 GMT

Santi Solari’s first job as caretaker boss is to take his out-of-form Real Madrid side to Morocco to face Melilla in the Spanish enclave on the Mediterranean coast. Melilla reached the Copa Del Rey Round of 32 for just the second time since they were re-founded in 1976 with a 2-0 win over Ontinyent at the Álvarez Claro. Los Blancos are 19 times winners of this competition and, excluding their disqualification in 2015/16, haven’t been knocked out at this stage since a famous defeat at the hands of Alcorcón in 2009 (below).

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Leonesa vs Barcelona

Estadio Municipal Reino de León (13,500), Wednesday 20:30 GMT

Two hours after Real Madrid kick off on another continent, their Clásico conquerers face third-tier Leonesa in León in Northern Spain. The Catalan giants are current holders of the trophy, claiming their 30th title with a 5-1 win over Sevilla in May. Leonesa were relegated from the Segunda División last season but are regulars in the opening rounds of the Copa Del Rey, reaching the Round of 32 on 6 occasions since the turn of the century. They’re in good form as well, winning 5 of their last 6 games in all competitions and easing through the last round of the cup with a 3-0 over Lorca.

 

First leg fixtures in full:

Tuesday

Ebro vs Valencia (18:30)

Lugo vs Levante (18:30)

Leganés vs Rayo Vallecano (19:30)

Sant Andreu vs Atlético Madrid (20:30)

 

Wednesday

Melilla vs Real Madrid (18:30)

Córdoba vs Getafe (19:30)

Mallorca vs Real Valladolid (19:30)

Alavés vs Girona (19:30)

Leonesa vs Barcelona (20:30)

 

Thursday

Sporting Gijón vs Eibar (11:00)

Celta Vigo vs Real Sociedad (15:15)

Villanovense vs Sevilla (15:15)

Cádiz vs Espanyol (17:30)

Almería vs Villarreal (17:30)

Racing Santander vs Real Betis (19:45)

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