Copa Del Rey 2019: Final Round of 16 Results and Quarter-Final Draw Schedule

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 17, 2019

Barcelona's French forward Ousmane Dembele (2R) celebrates his second goal with teammates during the Spain's Copa del Rey (King's Cup) round of 16 second leg football match between FC Barcelona and Levante UD, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on January 17, 2019. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Barcelona recovered from a first-leg deficit to beat Levante 3-0 at the Camp Nou on Thursday and progress into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey 4-2 on aggregate.

Two goals in the space of a minute from Ousmane Dembele put the Blaugrana in control of the match and ahead in the tie at half time. Lionel Messi then ensured the result was safe with a third after the break.

Elsewhere on Thursday, Espanyol made it through at the expense of Villarreal, with their 3-1 win at Cornella-El Prat seeing them to a 5-3 overall victory. Borja Iglesias was on the scoresheet twice for the hosts.

Earlier in the week, Real Madrid advanced 3-1 on aggregate despite a 1-0 loss to Leganes; it was a similar story for Sevilla, who were beaten by Athletic Bilbao but still progressed.

The big surprise of the round came in Atletico Madrid's elimination, as a 3-3 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano to Girona saw the underdogs through on away goals. 


Copa del Rey Last-16 Results

Tuesday, January 15

Real Valladolid 1-1 (1-2) Getafe

Valencia 3-0 (4-2) Sporting Gijon

Wednesday, January 16

Atletico Madrid 3-3 (4-4) Girona

Leganes 1-0 (1-3) Real Madrid

Sevilla 0-1 (3-2) Athletic Bilbao

Thursday, January 17

Espanyol 3-1 (5-3) Villarreal

Barcelona 3-0 (4-2) Levante


The quarter-final draw will take place on Friday at 4 p.m. (GMT), per the Real Madrid website.


Thursday Recap

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 17: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the La Liga Santander  match between FC Barcelona v Levante at the Camp Nou on January 17, 2019 in Barcelona Spain (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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After losing the first leg of this tie, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde fielded a strong side for this clash with Levante, with Messi included in the XI.

The great man was able to knit passages of play together in the final third for his team and, as relayed by football journalist Rik Sharma, was involved in both early goals as Barcelona moved into a strong position to qualify for the last eight:

Rik Sharma @riksharma_

Two Dembele goals, both set up by Lionel Messi, in two minutes.

Meanwhile, Dembele continues to improve and has made an impression in all competitions this season for the team:

OptaJose @OptaJose

4 - @Dembouz is the first @FCBarcelona player to score in four different competitions this season: Spanish Supercup, Liga, @ChampionsLeague & Copa del Rey. Performance https://t.co/jIIm2fNwRx

Having inspired Barcelona to a two-goal lead on the night, Messi was then able to get on the scoresheet himself after brilliant play from Nelson Semedo set him up for an easy finish.

Despite this victory Barcelona's position in the quarter-finals does appear to be in some doubt.

As reported by Goal, it's been stated that the Blaugrana fielded an ineligible player in Chumi during the first leg. Levante president Quico Catalan said the club will make a complaint to the Spanish Football Federation regardless of Thursday's result.

Last-16 Recap

With healthy first-leg leads secured, both Real Madrid and Sevilla allowed their standards to slip in their follow-up fixtures.

Los Blancos boss Santiago Solari made numerous changes to his XI when Madrid travelled to Leganes. While the European champions were eventually only beaten 1-0, the hosts did have chances to cut the deficit further and make it a nervy evening for the capital club.

Following his recent marginalisation Isco was given a chance to shine from the start, although he struggled:

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 16: Alex Granell of Girona celebrates following the Copa del Rey Round of 16 second leg match between Atletico Madrid and Girona at Wanda Metropolitano on January 16, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Imag
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Sevilla were beaten by Athletic for the second game in succession, having lost to them in La Liga at the weekend, although there was never any real danger of the Basque side launching a comeback.

The clash of the round came at the Wanda Metropolitano, as there was drama in the latter stages of the match between Atletico and Girona.

When Antoine Griezmann put his side 3-2 up in the 84th minute on the night they appeared set to progress, only for Borja Garcia to equalise four minutes later and put Girona through.

It was the first time in his spell as Atletico Madrid manager that Diego Simeone had been involved in a game like this:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Madrid sub 2 is Castilla striker Cristo on for Isco - who we won't be seeing again for a while based on this 67 minutes.

On Tuesday there was no drama for Valencia, as they easily overturned a one-goal disadvantage from the first leg against Sporting Gijon. Getafe were also well in control of their tie, when Angel Rodriguez's penalty in the first half meant Real Valladolid would need three goals to go through.


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