Barcleona-Sevilla and Athletic-Levante, the semifinal duels of the Copa del Rey


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Barcleona-Sevilla and Athletic-Levante, the semifinal duels of the Copa del Rey

BARCELONA – Barcelona-Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao-Levante will be the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, which will already be played in a double game and that the first leg will live next week, awaiting the resolution of both qualifying rounds in the first week of March for The final will be played at the Cartuja Stadium in Seville on April 17.

If for Levante this is the first semifinal they have reached since 1935, when after eliminating Barça in the quarterfinals they fell against Sabadell, the other three participants have been regular protagonists of the last rounds, even the final ones, of the competition. Barça, which is playing its tenth semi-final in the last eleven years, won the title consecutively between 2015 and 2019; Sevilla was champion in 2007 and 2010, losing the 2016 and 2018 finals to Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, which is pending the dispute of the 2020 final against Real Sociedad (it will be played on April 3), it was runner-up in 2009, 2012 and 2015, also being defeated by the Barça team on three occasions.

Levante, however, continues to claim the 1937 Cup, disputed in the midst of the Civil War on the Republican side and which after the contest was not officially admitted by the Spanish Football Federation. On July 18 of that year, the Granota team beat Valencia 1-0 at the Sarrià stadium in Barcelona.

Barça and Sevilla have met in a total of 28 Cup matches, with 19 Barça victories and 6 for the Andalusians. They played the two mentioned finals and their first confrontation dates back to the semifinals of 1919, with the triumph of the Catalan team (4-3 in Barcelona and 0-3 in Seville) that would end up losing the final (5-2) against Arenas de Guecho . His last face-to-face was in the quarterfinals of the 2018-19 season, in a double game and also favorably sentenced to Barça, which after losing 2-0 at Sánchez Pizjuán thrashed 6-1 at Camp Nou.

In qualifying rounds they met on 13 occasions, with nine classifications for Barça and four for Sevilla, the last one in 2010 and highlighting the round of 16 in 1946, when in the first leg the Andalusian team infringed the biggest win conceded by Barcelona in the tournament (8-0) and going to the semifinals after losing 1-0 at Les Corts.

Athletic and Levante, for their part, only met in the round of 16 of the 1946-47 season. In the first leg played in San Mamés, the lions beat 6-2, who passed the round losing 4-2 in the second leg.


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