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19 Oct 2012
Deportivo is going to face RCD Mallorca in the last-32 round of Copa Del Rey. The Galicians have faced the Majorcans in six previous opportunities, with Depor passing the round five times. Both teams will face each other three times in a matter of a month.

The rival for the last 32-round in Copa Del Rey is RCD Mallorca. The draw took place on Thursday in Madrid. President Lendoiro was there and took part of the event. It’s a two-leg series with the first game to be played at the Riazor on October 31 and the returning leg to be played at the Iberostar stadium on November 28.

It means that both clubs will face each other three times in a matter of a month, this since RCD Mallorca have to visit the Riazor on November 4 playing for la liga. The winner of this series will later face the winner of the series between Sevilla CF and RCD Espanyol.

It’s the seventh time Deportivo is meeting RCD Mallorca playing for Copa Del Rey; in five of the previous six opportunities the Galicians eliminated the Majorcans. The first series took place on the season 1988/89 with the Blanquiazul outfit clinching a 4-2 aggregate score (quarterfinals). For the season 1991/92 the aggregate score was 3-1 (fourth round).

During the campaign 1996/97 Depor won again the series, this time with a 3-1 aggregate score (second round); two years later the aggregate score was 2-1 (quarterfinals). The only opportunity in which the Majorcans eliminated Depor was on the season 2002/03.

At the time both clubs will facing each other in semifinals; in the first-leg the Majorcans were shocking the Riazor with a 0-3 advantage and with Pandiani scoring twice, but two late goals put the final scoresheet in a 2-3, in the returning leg Depor could only pick a 1-1 draw. Later the Majorcans were going to win the title after trashing Recreativo de Huelva in the final (3-0).

The last meeting between these two clubs in Copa Del Rey took place on the season 2006/07 (last-16 round). Depor clinched the pass winning the first-leg 1-2 and then added a 1-1 draw at the Riazor for a 3-2 aggregate score.

Lendoiro took part of the draw held in Madrid

Coach José Luis Oltra wasn’t happy with the result of the draw; he said that, ”We would have preferred another rival different from Mallorca, because they are not only at Primera, but are also completing a solid season. They are pretty competitive and have a coach with a winning spirit. We’re facing it as we did last year, on some cases it will allow us to make tests. It isn’t our priority, but will try to pass the round. We can’t be thinking of winning this tournament, but will try to reach the farthest round that’s possible.”

Meanwhile, Lendoiro said that, ”“I was commenting before that we are going to see Caparrós and his men for a full week in A Coruña; it will be strange to see him so often, though he visits us from time to time; for me it’s an open series as both team like to play pretty football”.

The last-32 round in Copa Del Rey:
CD Alcoyano Vs. Real Madrid
UD Llagostera Vs. Valencia CF
CP Cacereño Vs. Málaga CF
Deportivo Alavés Vs. FC Barcelona
SD Eibar Vs. Athletic Club
Real Jaén Vs. Atlético de Madrid
UD Melilla Vs. Levante UD
UD Las Palmas/Racing Santander Vs. Rayo Vallecano
Sporting Gijón Vs. CA Osasuna
UD Almería Vs. RC Celta
Córdoba CF Vs. Real Sociedad
SD Ponferradina Vs. Getafe CF
Real Valladolid Vs. Real Betis
Deportivo Vs. RCD Mallorca
Real Zaragoza Vs. Granada CF
Sevilla Vs. RCD Espanyol

The road to the final in Copa



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