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Barcelona drawn against Valencia in Copa del Rey semi-finals

Leganes have earned a clash with Sevilla after shocking Real Madrid.

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Andres Iniesta

Andres Iniesta

Andres Iniesta

Barcelona will face Valencia in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, while Real Madrid’s conquerors Leganes take on Sevilla.

Barca have won the competition for the last three years and standing in their way this time around will be Marcelino’s side, who drew 1-1 with Barca in LaLiga earlier this season.

The first leg takes place at the Nou Camp and Barca captain Andres Iniesta told the club’s website: “We want to play a great game at home to make the difference, we know Valencia will ask a lot of us.

“Any detail can settle the tie. We want to be back in the final, we have won the last three and we want to win again.”

Barca secured their place with a derby win over Espanyol, which featured a debut for former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.

The draw means Valencia, who saw off Alaves on penalties, will now face Real Madrid, Barca, Atletico Madrid and Barca again in an 11- or 12-day period.

In the other tie, Leganes will look to build on their memorable win over Real but coach Asier Garitano will not allow his team to get carried away.

“I don’t think it’s our biggest achievement,” he said on Thursday. “Going from the Segunda B (third tier) to the Segunda was more important.

“Now we are thinking about playing Espanyol in the league, then we’ll think about the cup.”

Sevilla beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 in Tuesday’s second leg and 5-2 on aggregate to reach the last four.

Coach Oscar Arias said of his opponents: “Leganes are a more humble club but given the stature of each team, they have done more to deserve being here than the rest of us and we have to respect that.”

The first legs will take place on January 31 and February 1, with the return fixtures a week later.

PA