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Barcelona faces 3rd-tier Murcia in last 32 of Copa del Rey

September 28, 2017 GMT
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, number 10, celebrates with team mates after an own goal by Sporting's Sebastian Coates during a Champions League, Group D soccer match between Sporting CP and FC Barcelona at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Wednesday Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, number 10, celebrates with team mates after an own goal by Sporting's Sebastian Coates during a Champions League, Group D soccer match between Sporting CP and FC Barcelona at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Wednesday Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

MADRID (AP) — Defending champion Barcelona will play third-division Murcia in the last 32 of the Copa del Rey.

Thursday’s draw also pitted Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid against third-tier clubs. Madrid faces Fuenlabrada and Atletico plays Elche.

The first leg is in October.

Three-time defending champion Barcelona won last year’s tournament in a final against Alaves, which plays fellow top-tier side Getafe.

Top-tier clubs Celta Vigo and Eibar also meet, as do Deportivo La Coruna and Las Palmas, and Girona and Levante.

Sevilla plays third-division club Cartagena.