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Barcelona to play Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semifinals

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MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 23: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates as he scores their first and equalising goal as Gareth Bale of Real Madrid looks dejected during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Bernabeu on April 23, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

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MADRID (AP) Barcelona and Real Madrid will play each other three times in less than a month after being drawn Friday to meet in the Copa del Rey semifinals.

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The first leg will be next week in Barcelona, with the return match in Madrid on Feb. 27, just before their Spanish league game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on March 3.

Barcelona routed Madrid 5-1 at the Camp Nou in October in the teams’ first league game this season.

The Spanish powerhouses have met 20 times in the Copa del Rey, with 10 wins for each team. Their last meeting was in the 2014 final, which Real Madrid won for its last title in the competition.

Barcelona is trying to win an unprecedented fifth straight Copa del Rey title.

Two-time champion Real Betis and seven-time winner Valencia will play in the other semifinal, also beginning next week.

The final will be on May 25 at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville, a 61,000-capacity venue that is home to Real Betis.


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