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Sevilla next up for giantkillers Leganes in Copa del Rey semifinals

Holders FC Barcelona will play Valencia while Leganes, who beat Real Madrid C.F. have drawn Sevilla in the Copa del Rey semifinals.

football Updated: Jan 26, 2018 20:38 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Madrid
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Leganes' Gabriel celebrates scoring their second goal against Real Madrid C.F. in their Copa del Rey quarterfinal match. Leganes beat Madrid 2-1 and progressed into the semis via away goals rule with the tie finishing 2-2. (REUTERS)

Real Madrid C.F.’s tormentors Leganes were rewarded for knocking the Spanish giants out of the Copa del Rey in midweek when they drew Sevilla in Friday’s semifinal draw.

Holders FC Barcelona will face resurgent Valencia in the other last four tie.

On Wednesday Real crashed to a humiliating exit when they were knocked out by little Leganes in the quarter-finals, adding to the atmosphere of crisis at the European champions.

Real lost 2-1 in the second leg at their Bernabeu home as the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate with their modest city neighbours going through on away goals despite having lost the first leg 1-0 last week.

Leganes’s next opponents Sevilla beat Atletico Madrid 5-2 on aggregate.

Barcelona, who have won the Copa del Rey in the last three seasons, progressed to the semis 2-0 against Espanyol on Thursday courtesy of goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez for a 2-1 aggregate win.

Barca’s rivals Valencia secured their last four trickets with a 3-2 penalties win over Alaves after their tie ended 3-3 on aggregate.

The semi-final first legs wil lbe staged on January 31-Feb 1 with the second legs on Feb 7-8.

First Published: Jan 26, 2018 20:38 IST