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Copa del Rey: The big players return to the semi-finals as Mallorca face Real Sociedad

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Copa del Rey: The big players return to the semi-finals as Mallorca face Real Sociedad

Madrid (Spain), February 5 (IANS) Mallorca and Real Sociedad play the first leg of the Copa del Rey eliminatory first leg at the Son Moix stadium in Mallorca on Tuesday night.

The home side, who are coached by the experienced Javier Aguirre, have been given an extra 24 hours to prepare for the match after their 4-0 defeat by Athletic Club Bilbao on Friday night, while Real Sociedad drew 0-0 at home to Girona on Saturday. .

Both Aguirre and Real Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil rested players during their weekend games ahead of Tuesday’s clash, with defenders Matija Nastasic, Toni Lato, Vedat Muriqi and Abdon Prats in Mallorca’s bench, reports Xinhua.

Meanwhile, Real Sociedad regulars such as Robin le Normand, Mikel Merino, Ander Barrenetxea and Umar Sadiq were all on the Girona bench and will probably all start in Son Moix. Imanol’s plans were hit when right-back Alvaro Odriozola picked up another muscle injury after just three minutes on Saturday and joins the long-term injuries of Aihen Muñoz and Carlos Fernández, while Kieren Tierney, also ‘have lost, and Aritz Elustondo, and the new signing Sheraldo. Becker also doubts.

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A goal from Brais Méndez decided the first La Liga meeting between the two sides in San Sebastián earlier this season, while the Basque side enjoyed an easy 1-0 home win against Mallorca in the last 16 from last season’s tournament.

— IANS

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