Spanish Copa del Rey - 1st Leg
Hércules1Barcelona1

Hércules 1-1 Barcelona

Hercules celebrate
The Hercules players and supporters wildly celebrated their opening goal against Barcelona

Holders Barcelona were held to a draw at third-tier side Hercules in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-32 tie on Wednesday.

David Mainz slotted in from close range in the second half to give the Segunda Division B side a shock lead.

But teenager Carles Alena drilled in from outside the box to level for Barca, who were without star forwards Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Barcelona next face arch rivals Real Madrid in La Liga on Saturday.

The champions will go into El Clasico (kick-off 15:15 GMT) in second place in the table, six points behind Zinedine Zidane's leaders.

Luis Enrique's Barca side have now drawn their last three domestic matches, following league draws with Malaga and Real Sociedad.

The second leg against Hercules takes place at the Nou Camp in three weeks' time on Wednesday, 21 December.

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid thrashed third-tier side Guijuelo 6-0 in their first leg tie, with Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco scoring twice for Diego Simeone's side.

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Line-ups

Hércules

  • 1Buigues Rico
  • 2Dalmau
  • 6Inglés
  • 4Román
  • 5Rojas Olmedo
  • 3PenaBooked at 90mins
  • 7López GasparSubstituted forFlores Gómezat 71'minutes
  • 8Omgba
  • 10Espinosa Valenzuela
  • 11SalinasSubstituted forMiñanoat 71'minutes
  • 9Mainz NavarroSubstituted forBerrocalat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Bueso Paradís
  • 13Lledó
  • 14Flores Gómez
  • 15Miñano
  • 16Berrocal

Barcelona

  • 13Cillessen
  • 22Vidal
  • 23UmtitiSubstituted forPerdomo Borgesat 69'minutes
  • 35López
  • 19Digne
  • 12Rafinha
  • 30CarbonellSubstituted forTavares Gomesat 69'minutes
  • 6D Suárez
  • 28AleñáSubstituted forCardonaat 76'minutes
  • 17Alcácer
  • 7Turan

Substitutes

  • 20Roberto
  • 21Tavares Gomes
  • 25Masip
  • 31Perdomo Borges
  • 39Cardona
Referee:
Daniel Ocón Arráiz
Attendance:
14,250

Match Stats

Home TeamHérculesAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home23%
Away77%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away12

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