Athletic Club Drawn Against Sevilla In The Copa Del Rey Round Of 16
Athletic booked their place in the Copa del Rey Round of 16 by defeating Huesca 8-0 on aggregate and have been waiting for an entire week to find out who will be their next opponent. The drawing took place at 4:00pm and the Basques were one of the last few teams left on the board. Finally Athletic were drawn, meaning they would host the first game, and were matched against Sevilla.
The first leg will take place at the San Mamés on 9 January and the return leg will be played at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuan on 16 January. For the second straight time Athletic will have to go on the road for the second game as the look to advance to the Round of 8 teams.
Sevilla have proven to be a very strong team this season under manager Pablo Machín. They currently sit second in the La Liga table, but had some trouble getting past Villanovense in the previous round of the Copa del Rey. The Andalucíans played to a scoreless draw on the road in the first leg before deciding the tie with a 1-0 victory at home. Athletic and Sevilla have played some historic matches over the years and this Cup draw is sure to bring more thrilling football.