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Ernesto Valverde may name the same side which started Saturday's 2-0 win against Eibar at Ipurua, which equalled the club's longest-ever unbeaten streak in La Liga at 31 games. We are facing a tie against a great team that won its league last season.

The La Liga table has had a surprise look about it all season with Barcelona running away with things when they were expected to struggle but it's been so easy for them that they can afford to take things easy now. In this match, Messi missed a penalty which was a crucial aspect that eliminated Barcelona [3-2 on aggregate] by adding this result to the 1-0 of the first leg.

Veteran midfielder Andres Iniesta is also benefiting from Neymar's departure. Orellana compounded that mistake when he batted a ball into the air with play stopped and the referee waiting for Eibar to return the ball to Barcelona to take a free kick.

Barca B goalkeeper Adrian Ortola will also make the trip to provide cover for Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jasper Cillessen.

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He said he stepped forward publicly to call out the fans for what they said because he didn't want to "brush it under the rug". It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over. "It's happened in hockey before".

On-loan Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi scored the victor with a superb strike, with Alaves continuing their revival under Abelardo.

Ovrebo was sent death threats from furious Chelsea fans and was hounded by Chelsea players after the final whistle on the night, with Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa both receiving subsequent bans.

The loss was only the second for Eibar in its last 13 matches.

Atletico hosts Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

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Mauricio Pochettino patted the grisly beard of Rochdale counterpart Keith Hill and exited down the tunnel. The winners will face either Swansea City or Sheffield Wednesday in the quarter-finals.

Sevilla warmed up for Wednesday's clash with Manchester United by winning 2-1 away to relegation-fighting Las Palmas to go fifth, provisionally, in the standings.

Orellana hit the crossbar from outside the box moments after Suarez rounded keeper Marko Dmitrovic to score the opener, and Messi hit the post in the second half from Suarez's lay-off.

Dani Parejo hit the victor with five minutes remaining when he converted a penalty kick after Ignasi Miguel earned a direct red card for pulling down Rodrigo Moreno with only the goalie to beat.

Having lost their La Liga crown to Real Madrid last season and forced to watch their bitter rivals once again win the Champions League, few gave Barca any hope of catching Los Blancos this term without the iconic former Santos superstar.

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I'm just getting back on track for that and I'll still be racing fearless. "I think blocking it out is a bit counter-productive". Christie's season has already been disrupted by injury, with a thigh problem forcing her to skip several World Cup events.

Also on Saturday, Deportivo La Coruna suffered a second defeat in as many games since the appointment as coach of former Dutch global Clarence Seedorf, as they lost 1-0 at Alaves to remain second-bottom.