- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

MADRID (AP) - January’s onslaught of Copa del Rey games has finally yielded semifinal brackets, with Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid facing off in a crosstown derby and Barcelona playing Real Sociedad in the two-leg matches.

Atletico is on a two-game winning streak against its crosstown rival after previously going 25 games and 14 years without a win against Madrid. Atletico also travels to the Santiago Bernabeu - site of its Copa del Rey final victory over Madrid last May - as Spanish leader for the first time since 1996.

Sociedad travels to Barcelona with both teams coming off the heels of disappointing league losses at the weekend.

Here are five things to know about Wednesday’s first-leg matchups:



Cristiano Ronaldo was waiting Monday to know if he would be available after seeing a straight red card in Madrid’s 1-1 league draw at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Ronaldo will receive a ban, but if it is under four games then the Portugal forward will be available on Wednesday.

“From the images I’ve seen, the red card seems a little exaggerated,” said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, whose team has gone 21 games without a loss.

Ronaldo, who has scored 32 goals from 30 appearances this season, will learn of his sanction later Monday.



Atletico Madrid will be without striker David Villa after the Spain striker strained a muscle in his left leg soon after scoring in Atletico’s 4-0 league victory over Sociedad on Sunday.

Villa and Diego Costa have combined for 36 goals this season to help put Atletico top of the Spanish standings for the first time in 18 years.

Atletico remains without back Filipe Luis, but his substitute Emiliano Insua has filled in admirably, plus the arrival of midfielder Jose Sousa has gelled.

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