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Malaga-Granada Copa del Rey clash to be played behind closed doors

Lombán and Adrián fight for the ball during the last game to welcome fans at La Rosaleda.
Lombán and Adrián fight for the ball during the last game to welcome fans at La Rosaleda. / Ñito Salas
  • The Andalusian derby will take place this Sunday at La Rosaleda and the club had looked at allowing a limited number of fans to attend

The round of 32 Copa del Rey clash between Malaga and Granada, confirmed to take place at La Rosaleda this Sunday (from midday), will be played behind closed doors after all.

Malaga had initially planned on requesting that a limited number of fans be able to attend the game, with authorisation needed from both the Junta de Andalucía regional government and La Liga. However, given the rise in coronavirus cases locally, the club has now decided against making the request.

Games in Primera and Segunda División have been played behind closed doors for the past 10 months, but at lower levels and in cup competitions, fans have been allowed to attend games in accordance with the restrictions in place in the local areas.

In any case, the game will be broadcast on DAZN which costs 9.99 euros per month, with a free month's trial for new users.

The game will be a tough test for Sergio Pellicer's side. Granada are in the top flight and this season have been competing in the Europa league.

Last year the fellow Andalusians reached the semi-finals of the Copa and arrive at this stage in the competition having beaten Leonesa Cultural.

Malaga, meanwhile, needed extra time to see off Real Oviedo.