Copa del Rey
The set of Carballino, in Ourense, will be measured in its ancient field of Espiñedo at Atlético de Madrid
The most desired ball in the draw for the second round of the Copa del Rey was not long in coming. At the second attempt, chance paired Atlético de Madrid against Arenteiro, a Second Federation team from the Ourense town of Carballino present in the KO tournament as the Federation Cup champion.
The Galician team is the leader in its fourth category group and dreams of reaching the First Federation next season with seven wins and three draws after ten games. He is experiencing a peak moment after hitting rock bottom in the regional category less than a decade ago and it will be the second mattress stumbling block on the way to the eleventh cup title in rojiblanca history, after Simeone’s pupils beat Almazán Soriano, from the Third Federation, at Los Pajaritos stadium.
The setting for this umpteenth reissue of the eternal battle between David and Goliath will now be the local fiefdom. The ancient field of Espiñedo is a pressure cooker with the flavor of authentic football and stone seats, of which there are no longer left, which will try to push his team towards a Herculean feat.
Others graced with the rivals most desired by the modest were Juventud de Torremolinos, who will face Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla in a very unequal Andalusian duel; Sestao River, which will face its historical Biscayan neighbors Athletic in a close duel that already took place in the 2019-20 edition; or Coria, rival of Imanol Alguacil’s Real Sociedad, champion of the tournament in 2020. All will be clashes between players from the fourth category of Spanish football and elite teams.
The 28 winners of this round, which will be held on December 21, just three days after the World Cup final in Qatar, and involves 14 teams from the First Division, 16 from the Second Division, 12 from the First Federation and 14 from the Second Federation, will reach the round of 16 tie. It will be then when Real Madrid, Barcelona, Betis and Valencia come into action, the four teams that will play the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia in January and that are therefore exempt from the first two rounds of the KO tournament.
-Second round playoffs:
Arenas de Getxo-Valladolid.
Youth of Torremolinos-Seville.
Athletic Saguntino-Rayo Vallecano.
Ibiza Pitiusas-Eibar Islands.
La Nucía-Las Palmas.