WELCOME TO SAN MAMÉS!!! The glorious home of Athletic Bilbao in the Basque country capital is the site of a huge Copa del Rey Round of 16 tie between the Lions and Barcelona, who meet again in the Cup after Barça’s amazing win in last year’s Final. Both teams are coming off a loss to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup and promise to play a physical, high-level single-elimination tie as the fight for a place in the quarter-final. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Araujo, Alba; Gavi, Busquets, Pedri; Ez Abde, Ferran, Jutglà (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Neto (GK), Tenas (GK), Lenglet, Mingueza, Dest, Balde, De Jong, Nico, Puig, Fati, Braithwaite
Starting XI: Agirrezabala; De Marcos, Vivian, Martínez, Yuri; N. Williams, D. García, Vesga, Muniain; Sancet, R. García (4-4-2)
Substitutes: Simón (GK), Petxarroman, Núñez, Berenguer, Williams, Lekue, Zarraga, Capa, Nolaskoain, Balenziaga, Serrano
Competition/Round: 2021-22 Copa del Rey, Round of 16
Date/Time: Thursday, January 20, 2022, 9.30pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8.30pm GMT (UK), 3.30pm ET, 12.30pm PT (USA), 2am IST (India, Friday)
Venue: San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero
VAR: José Luis González González
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM COPA DEL REY
How to watch on TV: Not Available (USA, Canada, India), Premier Sports 1 (UK), Startimes (Nigeria), TeleCinco (Spain), others
How to watch online: ESPN+ (USA), Premier Player (UK), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!