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Barcelona Face Giant-Killers In Copa del Rey

Barcelona must find its way past the minnow that embarrassed Atletico Madrid after being drawn to face neighbour Cornella in its Copa del Rey opener.

Ronald Koeman’s Barca enters the competition at the Round of 32 stage and the record 30-time winner is sure to take Cornella seriously after it earned a 1-0 win over Atletico on Thursday (AEDT).

Cornella’s Camp Municipal stadium is situated less than 10 miles away from Barcelona’s Camp Nou, making it a dream draw for the Segunda B side.

Cornella is one of six teams from the Spanish third tier remaining in the competition and Real Madrid will face another of those in the form of Alcoyano, which beat LaLiga struggler Huesca this week.

Last season’s two Basque finalists – with that match still outstanding – also enter the tournament as Athletic Club Bilbao travel to Ibiza and Real Sociedad face a trip to Cordoba, two Segunda B sides who eliminated Celta Vigo and Getafe respectively this week.

The draw ensured top-flight clubs were kept separate from those outside La Liga, with all Primera sides facing away matches in one-of ties.

Other highlights of the draw sees an Andalusian derby between Malaga and Granada, while Sevilla travel to Leganes and Valencia – who remain holders of the trophy from their 2019 triumph – face a trip to Alcorcon.

Common Copa del Rey Questions
What does Copa del Rey mean in English?
The Copa del Rey (English: King’s Cup) is an annual football cup competition for Spanish football teams. Its full name is Campeonato de España – Copa de Su Majestad el Rey (Championship of Spain – Cup of His Majesty the King), and is commonly known as La Copa.

Who has won the Copa del Rey the most?
Barcelona is the most successful club in the competition, winning their fourth consecutive and 30th overall title against Sevilla in the 2018 final held at the Wanda Metropolitano. Athletic Bilbao have the second-most titles. The current title holders are Valencia.

When was the Copa del Rey first played?
The competition was founded in 1903, thus making it the oldest Spanish football competition. The teams that participated were Madrid FC, FC Barcelona, Club Español de Foot-Ball, New Foot-Ball de Madrid and Club Bizcaya (a team made up of players from Athletic Club and Bilbao FC) which eventually defeated Barcelona in the final.

How many teams compete in the Copa del Rey?
115 teams compete in the Copa del Rey. The first round draw contains the names of 16 La Liga clubs plus 105 teams from lower divisions. The only top-flight sides not included in the first-round draw are the four teams who are involved in the new, four-team Spanish Super Cup. These clubs are given a bye until the last 32 as part of their involvement in the

Who has scored the most Copa de Rey goals?
Surprisingly the answer is not someone called Messi or Ronaldo. The Copa del Rey all-time top goalscorer is Pedro Telmo Zarraonandía Montoya, known as Telmo Zarra with 81 goals. Telmo Zarra spent the majority of his career at Athletic Bilbao, from 1940 to 1955, for whom he remains the top scorer in competitive matches with 335 goals.

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