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El Clasico rivals kept apart

Real Madrid cannot play Barcelona until the final of the Copa del Rey after the draw for the late stages of this season's competition was made on Friday.

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Carlo Ancelotti's Madrid were drawn to face minnows Olimpic Xativa in the last 32 of the competition, while on the other side of the draw Barcelona will play Cartagena. The matches are to be played over two legs, on December 7/8 and December 18.

Madrid and Olimpic Xativa share a former coach, with current Canada boss Benito Floro having been in charge both at the La Murta stadium and the Bernabeu earlier in his career, but there are few other similarities.

Olimpic Xativa play in Group 3 of the Segunda Division B, and their basic stadium houses just 9,000 spectators.

Cartagena sit second in Group 4 of the Segunda Division B, with the club having been founded as recently as 1995.

Another daunting obstacle for Madrid is a potential semi-final against Atletico Madrid, the team they were beaten by in last season's Copa del Rey final.

This year's final takes place on April 19.

Copa del Rey third-round draw (draw stays in formation throughout the competition):

1. Real Valladolid v Rayo Vallecano

2. Recreativo Huelva v Levante

3. Cartagena v Barcelona

4. Girona v Getafe

5. Algeciras v Real Sociedad

6. Villarreal v Elche

7. Las Palmas v Almeria

8. Real Racing Club v Sevilla

9. Alcorcon v Granada

10. Real Jaen v Espanyol

11. Olimpic Xativa v Real Madrid

12. Malaga v Osasuna

13. Gimnastic de Tarragona v Valencia

14. Sant Andreu v Atletico Madrid

15. Lleida v Real Betis

16. Celta Vigo v Athletic Bilbao

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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