In among the draw for the last 32 of the Copa del Rey, Real Madrid, Atlético and Barcelona should all have easy passages to the last 16.
All three have drawn opposition from the Segunda División B – the third tier of Spanish football – and the fact that the ties will be played over two legs makes the notion of a giant-killing almost impossible in practice.
Atléti will face Guijuelo and Barca will come up against Hércules, with Real drawn to play Cultural Leonesa.
Television cameras were to capture the reaction of the Leonesa players – and it looks as though they were pleased with the chance to face off against the European champions.
Real were kicked out of last year’s competition when it was discovered that they fielded an ineligible player, winger Denis Cheryshev, in a first leg tie against Cádiz (who were at the level La Leonesa find themselves at currently) – so although Real won the first leg 3-1, Cádiz were awarded the tie.
Real Madrid’s opponents this season will hoping to repeat the giant-killing, but of course ideally would like to do it on the pitch rather than through the governing body. They faced Barcelona at the same stage in 2009, going down 2-0 in the first leg and 5-0 in the second.
Cultural Leonesa, you may remember, released this tuxedo-inspired kit ahead of the 2014/15 season, worn in a pre-season charity game.
— Colesy Wap MAAT (@AlexColes09) April 27, 2016
The first leg meeting of these two sides takes place in León on October 26th, with the return leg at the Bernabéu taking place on November 30th.