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MATCHDAY: Madrid derby in quarterfinals of Copa del Rey

Real Madrid's team players celebrate after Toni Kroos scored his side's second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Madrid at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Real Madrid's team players celebrate after Toni Kroos scored his side's second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Madrid at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) AP

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday:

SPAIN

Real Madrid and city rival Atletico Madrid meet in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. Defender David Alaba is back in Madrid’s squad but Aurélien Tchouaméni and Eden Hazard will not be available for coach Carlo Ancelotti. Madrid is trying to reach the Copa semifinals for the first time since 2018-19, when it lost to Barcelona. It last won the competition in 2013-14. Atletico is back in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2017-18, and hasn’t reached the last four since 2016-17, when it was eliminated by Barcelona. Its last Copa title was won in 2012-13. In the other quarterfinal Thursday, Athletic Bilbao visits Valencia, last season’s runner-up.

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This story was originally published January 25, 2023, 3:38 PM.

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