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18.10.2007 12:20

Barça draw CD Alcoyano in Spanish Cup

Sergi Nogueras

FC Barcelona will meet CD Alcoyano in the round of 32 of the Spanish Cup. The first leg will be played on 13th November or 19th December, and the return leg on 2nd January.

The draw for the round of 32 of the Spanish Cup was held at midday on Thursday in Madrid. FC Barcelona have drawn CD Alcoyano, who currently play in group 3 of Second Division B of the Spanish league. The first leg will be played in the town of Alcoy (halfway between Valencia and Alicante) on either 13th November or 19th December with the return leg in the Camp Nou on 2nd January.

The uncertainty as to the date of the first leg is due to the fact that the first choice – 13th November – coincides with the next batch of international matches. Teams such as Barça that have players travelling outside of Europe may request that the first leg be postponed to 19th December.

A difficult time

CD Alcoyano have started the season badly and have taken only 6 points from a possible 24, leaving them in 18th place in the table. This week they sacked their coach Pepe Soler and replaced him with José Bordalàs.

League history

Barça and CD Alcoyano have never met in the Cup but they have played eight times in the league. In the 1945/46, 47/48, 48/49 and 50/51 seasons, Alcoyano were in the First Division. Barça won seven of the eight encounters, conceding a 3-3 away draw in the 45/46 season. In the eight matches, Barça scored 23 goals and conceded 4.

Last season against Barça B

Last season, Alcoyano played Barça B twice in Second Division B, both matches ending in victories for Alcoyano. They won the first match in the El Collao stadium 1-0 and then won 1-2 in the Miniestadi.
Barça draw CD Alcoyano in Spanish Cup
Three days to complete a match
In the 2005/06 season, Alcoyano and Barça B took part in a bizarre match that saw Barça B travel to Alcoy on no less than three occasions to complete the 90 minutes. First the Barça B party had to return from Alcoy after the match was suspended due to a heavy snowfall. At the second attempt the match was once again suspended in the 50th minute after a technical fault left the El Collao stadium without electricity. It was a case of third time lucky for Alcoyano, who finally won the match 2-0.

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