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Atlético to meet Levante in Copa del Rey round of 16

The Rojiblancos will get reacquainted with an historically-tough opponent.

Real Oviedo v Atletico Madrid - Spanish Copa del Rey Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

Atlético Madrid on Saturday found out its Copa del Rey round of 16 opponent: bogey team Levante.

Los Colchoneros will visit the Ciutat de València later this month with a quarterfinal berth on the line. Atlético have not qualified for the Copa del Rey’s last eight since 2018, and to get there, Diego Simeone’s men will have to eliminate a team they have beaten only once in their past five tries.

Under Javi Calleja’s management, Levante have overcome a slow start to the season in LaLiga Smartbank and appear well-positioned to return to the top flight in 2023/24. Levante are second in Segunda and the Valencian side have only been beaten three times all season. A 91st-minute goal from Wesley Moraes on Tuesday capped Levante’s 3-2 win over Getafe and sealed Las Granotas’ place in the last 16, and they are attempting to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2019.

Atletico De Madrid v Levante UD - La Liga
Atlético lost 1-0 in LaLiga to Levante last February — the previous meeting between these two teams.
Photo by Rubén de la Fuente Pérez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Atlético and Levante have met once before in the Copa del Rey, with Atleti emerging victorious following a round of 32 penalty shootout victory in the 2006/07 edition of the competition.

This story will be updated with the confirmed kickoff date and time.

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Real Betis Balompié vs. CA Osasuna

Villarreal CF vs. Real Madrid

Real Sociedad de Fútbol vs. RCD Mallorca

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