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20.01.2009 11:13

Cup derbies

Berta Brau

This season will be the sixteenth time that FC Barcelona and Espanyol have crossed paths in the Spanish cup. Barša lead the way to date with ten wins in cup derbies.

The cup draw might be random, but it has always had a curiously common habit of pitting FC Barcelona and Espanyol against each other, and this season’s quarter final clash is the sixteenth time the local rivals have gone head to head in the knockout competition.

14 in the earlier rounds and one final

FINAL-COPA-1957--BARxA-ESPA.jpgBarša and Espanyol’s most prominent meeting was in the 1956-57 season, when they met in the final. FC Barcelona collected the trophy after a 1-0 win thanks to a solitary goal from Sampedro.

The other 14 clashes have come in the earlier rounds, and Barša have come off good no fewer than 9 times, Espanyol only going through on five occasions.

Goals in derbies

4.Espanyol_Barxa.jpgCopa del Rey matches have traditionally seen plenty of goals being scored, and not one of the 29 encounters has ended scoreless. In total, 95 goals have been scored over the years, 54 by Barša and 41 by Espanyol.

Barša win most recent clash

7.Barxa_Espanyol.jpgThe last derby in the cup was in the 2000/2001 season, and at the same quarter final stage as this term’s meeting. Barša, managed by Llorenš Serra Ferrer, beat Espanyol in Montju´c 2-1, the goals scored by Rivaldo, in the 13th minute, and Alfonso in the 42nd, with the home side pulling one back in the 58th minute through Ra˙l Tamudo.

The job was already half done and Barša could afford to play it cool in the return at the Camp Nou. The game ended 1-1, with goals from Frank de Boer and Roger GarcÝa.

Eight meeting in last eight

This is the eighth time Barša and Espanyol have met at this stage of the competition. Barša have clearly dominated these games, reaching the semi finals on 5 of the 7 occasions.
Cup derbies
First derby 80 years ago
The first city derby in the cup took place back in 1928/29. Barša and Espanyol met that year in a semi final and for once it was the blue and whites that emerged victorious, by an aggregate score of 3-1.

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