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Barcelona handed Copa del Rey final re-match with Sevilla, Real Madrid to face Girona in quarters

Copa del Rey holders Barcelona were paired with Sevilla in Friday's quarter-final draw, setting up a re-run of last year's final, while Real Madrid will face Girona.

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, foreground, duels for the ball with Levante’s Sergio Postigo during a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante. (Source: AP)

Copa del Rey holders Barcelona were paired with Sevilla in Friday’s quarter-final draw, setting up a re-run of last year’s final, while Real Madrid will face Girona.

Barca, who thrashed Sevilla 5-0 in the 2018 final, escaped a potential expulsion from the competition moments before the draw was made.

The Spanish football federation (RFEF) announced on Friday it had rejected Levante’s complaint that the 30-times Copa winners fielded an ineligible player in their last-16, first-leg game.

Barca overcame a 2-1 deficit from the first leg against Levante by winning the second leg 3-0 for a 4-2 aggregate victory.

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Madrid, who beat Leganes 3-1 on aggregate, will have to get past Girona, who knocked 10-times winners Atletico Madrid out on away goals following a thrilling 3-3 draw in their last-16 second leg that resulted in a 4-4 aggregate scoreline.

Getafe will play against Valencia and Real Betis will face Espanyol in the other ties in the round.

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The first leg games will take place from Jan. 23, with the deciding fixtures being played from Jan. 30.