Sunday , April 18 2021

Copa del Rey: Bilbao loses cup final

Athletic Bilbao failed in the first attempt to win the final of the Spanish Cup. Real Sociedad San Sebastian won the final of the 2019/2020 season, which was postponed by one year, against their Basque rivals Sevilla 1-0 (0-0), and won the Copa del Rey for the first time since 1988.

Bilbao has the chance to win this season’s cup against FC Barcelona on April 17.

The final was postponed due to the corona pandemic, so it was possible for fans to play. But that was not possible this time either.

Both teams fought in the first Basque final match in history, real goal scenes were not realized. Sociedad, with ex-BVB players Alexander Isak and Mikel Merino in the starting line-up, gained the upper hand after initial problems. Mikel Oyarzabal scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot (63rd).

For Sociedad, it is only the third win in the Copa del Rey. Bilbao has been waiting for the 24th success in the league since 1984, only the next last opponent Barcelona has won the Copa more often (30 times). Good sign for Bilbao: at the beginning of January the team won the Spanish Supercup against Barca.

In the run-up to the cup final, there had been occasional riots in Bilbao. Hundreds of supporters of the club gather in the city center without complying with the current Corona regulations.

Several fireworks were set off and containers burned down. In addition, according to Spanish media, a young woman had to be taken to hospital after receiving a bottle on her head.

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