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Real Sociedad won the 2020 Copa del Rey, postponed for a year due to the Covid, by beating Basque rival Athletic Bilbao 1-0 on Saturday at the Olympic stadium in Seville. Real Sociedad thus wins the third coronation in its history, thirty-four years after lifting the trophy for the last time.
Postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic which paralyzed European football in the spring of 2020, the 2020 King’s Cup finally knows its epilogue after 350 days of waiting, at the Olympic stadium in Seville on Saturday April 3, with Real Sociedad’s 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao.
Spain international and Real Sociedad captain Mikel Oyarzabal gave Real Sociedad their first Copa del Rey since 1987 by converting a penalty to the 63e minute against Basque rival Athletic Bilbao on Saturday in Seville, and thus offered an epic ending to a historic 2020 edition.
Athletic Bilbao struggling
The huge downpour that showered the pitch a few seconds after kick-off seems to have cooled Marcelino’s players who completely missed out on their final.
But Athletic Bilbao also had their chances, with lightning counterattacks and sharp crosses and this big 30-meter strike from Iñigo Martinez, sent over his crossbar with his fingertips by Alex Remiro.
On the restart, once the rain stopped, the referee hesitated for a long time to whistle a penalty for a hand of Iñigo Martinez at the edge of the box, but finally ordered a simple free kick.
It was a few minutes before the turn of the match: at the 61e, this same Martinez hung from behind Portu in the box. The referee whistled the indisputable penalty and also sent off the Spanish defender before reversing his decision with the help of VAR and only issuing a yellow card.
Athletic finished the match at eleven, but Oyarzabal nonetheless transformed this theatrical penalty (63e) to offer their third Copa del Rey to Real Sociedad.
The Basque club has, however, already been the winner of the Spanish Super Cup on January 17, 2021 against Barça, and qualified for the final of the Spanish Cup 2021 on April 17 again against Barça in the same stadium in La Cartuja in Seville.
For Real Sociedad, author of a start to the season canon before faltering in 2021, and sinking on March 21 at home against the gang to Lionel Messi (1-6), this coronation gives wings in the race for the ‘Europe: the players of San Sebastián are currently fifth in La Liga, 10 points from qualifying places for the C1.
The two clubs will meet again on Wednesday in a late match of the 29e La Liga matchday.