SEVILLE: Real Sociedad beat native rivals Athletic Bilbao 1-0 within the rescheduled 2020 Copa del Rey ultimate on Saturday to get their palms on a significant trophy for the first time since 1987.
Captain Mikel Oyarzabal netted the winner by sending keeper Unai Simon the incorrect approach from the penalty spot within the 63rd minute after strike accomplice Portu was felled within the space by Athletic defender Inigo Martinez.
Martinez, a boyhood Sociedad participant who left for his or her rivals for 32 million euros ($37.64 million) in a controversial switch in 2018, was initially proven a purple card for the foul however the referee downgraded the punishment to a yellow card after a VAR evaluation.
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Sociedad dominated possession and Athletic failed to check their opponents on the counter-attack, nonetheless providing little in assault at the same time as they chased the sport deep into the second half.
The match was postponed by a 12 months on the request of each golf equipment to guarantee followers may attend, that means Athletic surrendered a possible Europa League berth.
But continued coronavirus restrictions in Spain meant the showpiece in Seville’s La Cartuja stadium came about with none supporters.
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Athletic have now misplaced their final 5 Copa finals however have one other shot on the trophy once they play Barcelona on this season’s showpiece again at La Cartuja on April 17.
“It’s a beautiful day on which so many things come to your mind. Giving this victory to our fans was the best thing we could do,” mentioned match-winner Oyarzabal.
“There are many people who would like to have been here and there are many friends and family who left us in the worst possible way. This is for everyone, we felt their presence. There’s nothing like this feeling.”
Athletic’s Oscar de Marcos described the defeat as “a massive blow”.
“It’s very tough for us, this was a match we were so excited about and thought we could win,” he mentioned. “It’s very painful whenever you lose a final, regardless of who you lose to. It’s a very sad day for us.”
Sociedad’s vice-captain Asier Illarramendi lifted the trophy subsequent to Oyarzabal after being compelled to miss the ultimate due to a thigh harm sustained in Friday’s coaching session, the most recent setback in a collection of great accidents which led to him spending 18 months on the sidelines.