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Copa del Rey: Barcelona to Face Athletic Club Bilbao

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An exciting but tough draw.

FC Barcelona v Athletic Club - Copa del Rey Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

FC Barcelona will play Athletic Club Bilbao in the next round of the Copa del Rey. After tossing aside Hércules, Barcelona will face a tough challenge in the round of 16.

What’s left to be seen is the exact date of the match, and whether Luis Enrique will cut short the vacations granted to Neymar, Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué.

The match can be held on January 3rd, 4th, or 5th. The four have a break until the 2nd, but it could be cut short to have the players available for the difficult match. Barcelona also have Villarreal on the horizon on the 8th.

Rest of the draw:

Las Palmas v Atlético Madrid, Alcorcón v Córdoba, Real Madrid v Sevilla, Real Sociedad v Villarreal, Deportivo La Coruña v Alavés, Valencia v Celta Vigo, and Osasuna v Eibar