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Spanish Papers: Coutinho all set for Espanyol; Messi better than Ronaldo

After completing his move to Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho has been recovering from injury in a bid to make his debut against Alaves this coming weekend but as his recovery period has improved – it now seems he could face former club Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Thursday night at Camp Nou. The Brazilian midfielder will be a timely boost for Ernesto Valverde’s side after injury to Ousmane Dembele and he could help the Catalan side overcome a 1-0 deficit to cross-city rivals Espanyol. Moving away from Coutinho, Madrid…

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Asensio scores late to give Real the edge – Copa del Rey

Marco Asensio scored the only goal of the game at the Butarque in the solitary Copa del Rey quarter final on Thursday night as Real Madrid defeated Leganes to take a slender lead into the second leg at the Bernabeu next week. Theo Hernandez crossed from the right and Asensio was quickest to nip in to flick the ball high into the net past Nereo Champagne at his front post in the 89th minute to give Los Blancos a first leg win. Real had dominated the first half without creating many…

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Copa del Rey Preview – Thursday

Thursday night sees just one solitary game in the Copa del Rey as Real Madrid travel across the Spanish capital to face Leganes in the first leg of the Copa quarter finals. After shock first leg defeats for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, Los Blancos will be keen to avoid that and take the advantage back to the Bernabeu for the second leg next week. Real haven’t done it the easy way in getting to this stage despite facing lower league opposition in both previous rounds. They won away…

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Atléti and Barca suffer shock first leg defeats – Copa del Rey Round Up

Atlético Madrid and Barcelona both lost in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter finals at the hands of Sevilla and Espanyol respectively. Atléti started brightly in an entertaining first half at the Wanda Metropolitano, Diego Costa having a goal disallowed for a foul with Sergio Rico also making a fine save to deny Los Colchoneros. Sevilla had chances of their own too but it was level at the break. Atlético took the lead midway through the second half when a corner was cleared and the ball was…

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LIVE: Espanyol v Barcelona

Welcome to our LIVE match feed for the Copa del Rey Quarter-final first leg between Espanyol and Barcelona. FT: Espanyol 1-0 Barcelona 88mins: GOAL: Melendo scores and puts Espanyol ahead with minutes remaining 79mins: GOLF! Cillessen is hit by an object from the crowd, which seems to be a golf ball. 60mins: SAVED! Messi is denied by Diego Lopez 60mins: Sergi Roberto wins a penalty for Barcelona…. 57mins: Luis Suarez is on for Carles Alena 55mins: Bad news for Barca as Paulinho is replaced by Ivan Rakitic through injury. We…

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Copa del Rey Preview – Wednesday

The first three Copa del Rey quarter finals kick off on Wednesday night as the competition really begins to hot up. The Catalan derby is one of those matches as Barcelona travel across the city to face near neighbours Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium. Barca made it to this stage of the competition with 7-0 and 6-1 aggregate wins against Real Murcia of Segunda B and Celta Vigo of La Liga respectively. Their second leg performance against Celta, which saw them score five goals without reply at the Camp Nou, was…

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Espanyol v Barcelona: Team News

Barcelona will be without injured Ousmane Dembele for the Copa del Rey clash with Espanyol on Wednesday evening, whilst the home side have Pablo Piatti, Sergio Garcia, and Jairo Morillas all out. Dembele has a fresh injury for the visitors after returning just two weeks ago from a long term problem. The French youngster is expected to be out for around three/four weeks and has been replaced in the match-day squad by Barca B star Carles Alena. New signings Yerry Mina (paperwork) and Philippe Coutinho (injury) are also missing, whilst Andres…

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Top 4 kept apart as Copa draw throws up two derbies – Copa del Rey draw

The Copa del Rey draw took place this morning and saw the top four in La Liga all kept apart with derbies for both Real Madrid and Barcelona. Real were second out of the hat and they will face fellow Madrid side Leganes in the quarter finals. Los Blancos defeated Segunda side Numancia 5-2 on aggregate in the last 16 despite a draw at home in the second leg and will be clear favourites to beat Leganes who beat Villarreal on away goals. Lega took a 1-0 lead to the Estadio de…

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Barcelona masterclass destroys Celta – Copa del Rey Round Up

Barcelona became the final team into Friday’s Copa del Rey quarter final draw as a first half blitz saw them beat Celta Vigo 5-0 at the Camp Nou. The tie was finely poised after last week’s 1-1 draw in Galicia and Celta were well in with a shout of getting through but within 15 minutes the tie was over. Jordi Alba’s bouncing ball across the edge of the box was fired home by Lionel Messi with the same duo linking up again two minutes later as Messi swept the full…

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