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Copa del Rey success for Racing Santander comes at what cost?

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Spanish third division side Racing Santander will face Real Sociedad in the quarter finals of the Copa Del Rey, after a shock win over La Liga side Almeria earlier this week.

Santander have dropped two divisions in two years after a series of disruptions at boardroom level, with money allegedly syphoned out of the club.

That unfortunate incident has compounded the ex-La Liga side's shortcomings in recent years and they have struggled financially ever since, with the start of the first leg vs. Almeria was overshadowed by players holding an on-field protest and refusing to move for 20 seconds over a pay dispute.

The game was later interrupted as fans joined in protest and tried to storm the directors box to make their thoughts known.

A large group scaled the newly-erected fence separating the fans and the directors. They travelled around the stadium and tried to confront the directors head-on, but were ultimately unsuccessful.

The scenes are shocking but what is perhaps more shocking is that despite Santander getting to where they are in the Copa Del Rey, they face the real possibility of going out of business.

Racing beat Almeria in the away leg to take them through 3-1 on aggregate, in his post match interview Santanders manager Mariano said his team where thriving under the added pressure saying:

He is quoted by The Metro as saying: “The situation of the club has made us stronger. We are a close-knit team and we’re going to fight our way through every problem we encounter. At Santander we played with twelve because we have great fans.”

Racing will play another La Liga giant Sociedad in the quarter-finals in the hope of continuing the momentum and carrying on through the competition.

Top teams Barcelona, Atletico Madrid  and Real Madrid breezed through their games to set up the last eight line-up. 

The quarter-finals will begin next week and are as follows:

Real Sociedad Vs. Racing Santander
Levante Vs. Barcelona
Espanyol Vs. Real Madrid
Atlético Madrid Vs. Athletic

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