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Football news - Real Madrid hoping to avoid another Copa del Rey upset after drawing Leganes

Real hoping to avoid another Copa upset after drawing Leganes
By Reuters

13/12/2018 at 16:39Updated 13/12/2018 at 16:59

Real Madrid will be hoping to exercise a few ghosts in the Copa del Rey last 16 after they were drawn to face local rivals Leganes on Thursday.

The small side from southern Madrid caused a huge upset as they knocked Real out of the competition at the quarter-final stage last season, winning 2-1 at the Bernabeu -- their first ever victory at the stadium -- to advance on away goals after the first leg had finished 1-0 to Real.

Elsewhere Atletico Madrid will face Girona, a side coach Diego Simeone has never beaten, drawing all three meetings with the Catalans in his seven years at the helm.

Holders Barcelona will face Levante, while Athletic Bilbao take on Sevilla in the pick of the round.

Draw in full

Real Madrid v Leganes

Getafe v Valladolid

Betis v Real Sociedad

Levante v Barcelona

Athletic v Sevilla

Sporting v Valencia

Girona v Atletico Madrid

Villarreal v Espanyol.

The first legs will be played on 9 January and the returns a week later on 16th.