Lowly Cultural Leonesa draw champs Barca in King’s Cup


MADRID: Cultural Leonesa have the chance for an upset after the Segunda B (third tier) side were drawn against holders Barcelona in the last 32 of the Spanish King’s Cup yesterday.

Barca claimed their 25th Cup crown in May, beating Athletic Bilbao 4-1 in the final, on their way to a treble of titles that included the league and Champions League.

Real Madrid were also pitched against a Segunda B side, Alcorcon, and will be keen to avoid a repeat of their humbling exit to third-tier Real Union at the same stage last year.

There were four all-La Liga ties with the pick of them being the meeting between Getafe, losing finalists in 2007 and 2008, and the 2006 winners Espanyol.

Last year’s losing finalists Bilbao, who have won the King’s Cup 23 times, play Second Division Rayo Vallecano.

The two legs are scheduled to be played on Oct 28 and Nov 10. — Reuters

The Draw

*Division in brackets if not in La Liga

Alcorcon (III) vs Real Madrid, Cultural Leo­­nesa (III) vs Barcelona, Marbella (III) vs Atletico Madrid, Atletico Ciudad (III) vs Sevilla, Alcoyano (III) vs Valencia, Puertollano (III) vs Villarreal, Rayo Vallecano (II) vs Athletic Bilbao, Hercules (II) vs Almeria, Salamanca (II) vs Racing Santander, Celta Vigo (II) vs Tenerife, Recreativo Huelva (II) vs Sporting Gijon, Real Murcia (II) vs Deportivo Coruna, Xerez vs Osasuna, Real Valladolid vs Real Mallorca, Real Zaragoza vs Malaga, Getafe vs Espanyol.

Argentine Championship: Racing Club 1 Boca Juniors 2; Velez Sarsfield 1 Argentinos Juniors 0; Colon (Santa Fe) 4 Arsenal 1.

Leading standings: Velez Sarsfield 17, Estudiantes 16, Banfield 16, Colon (Santa Fe) 15, Argentinos Juniors 15.

Brazilian Championship: Botafogo 3 Atletico Mineiro 1, Cruzeiro 3 Goias 0, Palmeiras 2 Avai 2.

Leading standings: Palmeiras 54, Sao Paulo 49, Internacional 47, Atletico Mineiro 47, Goias 45.

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