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Unicaja out to break 'curse' as Copa del Rey gets under way in Malaga

The arena was packed to the rafters for Thursdays games.
The arena was packed to the rafters for Thursdays games. / Ñito Salas
  • The local side, who only qualified as hosts, have a poor record having won just one match since 2009

The basketball Copa del Rey got under way at the Martín Carpena arena in Malaga last night with clashes between Barcelona and Valencia (78-82) and Real Madrid and Retabet Bilbao (93-83) raising the curtain on this year's event.

As far as the locals are concerned, however, the main event comes tonight when Unicaja take on Casademont Zaragoza in the quarter-finals from 9.30pm.

The local side, who only qualified as hosts, have a poor record in the competition, though, having won just one match since 2009 and not once at home.

The semi-finals take place on Saturday (6.30 and 9.30pm) before Sunday's final (6pm).