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Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao to meet in quarters of Copa del Rey in rematch of 2015 final

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MADRID — Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will meet in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey in a rematch of last year's final.

The teams were drawn to face each other on Friday.

Barcelona defeated Athletic 3-1 in last year's final. The teams also met in the Spanish Super Cup final a few weeks later, when Bilbao came out on top to win its first major title in more than 30 years.

PHOTO: FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, duels for the ball against Espanyol's Michael Ciani, center, during a Copa del Rey soccer match at RCDE stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, right, duels for the ball against Espanyol's Michael Ciani, center, during a Copa del Rey soccer match at RCDE stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The first leg of this season's encounter will be in Bilbao, with the return match at the Camp Nou.

Spanish league leader Atletico Madrid will face fifth-place Celta Vigo, while Valencia will play recently promoted Las Palmas.

Sevilla will be up against Mirandes, the only second-division team in the draw.

The home-and-away legs start next week.

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