Real Sociedad line up Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to win Spain’s Copa del Rey

Real Sociedad beat local rivals Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in the rescheduled Copa del Rey final of 2020 on Saturday to win a major trophy for the first time since 1987.

Captain Mikel Oyarzabal netted the winner by sending goalkeeper Unai Simon the wrong way from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute after striker Portu was fouled in the area by Athletic defender Inigo Martinez.

Martinez, a Sociedad player in the boys’ squad who left his rivals for 32 million euros ($ 37.64 million) in a controversial transfer in 2018, initially received a red card for foul but the referee downgraded the penalty to a yellow card after a VAR review.

Sociedad dominated possession and Athletic failed to test their opponents on the counter-attacks and still gave a little in attack even when they chased the game deep into the second half.

The match was postponed by a year at the request of both clubs to ensure that fans could participate, but continued coronavirus restrictions in Spain meant that the exhibition at Sevilla’s La Cartuja Stadium took place without any supporters.

Athletic have now lost their last five Copa finals but have a new shot at the trophy when they play Barcelona in this season’s show in La Cartuja on April 17.

(REUTERS)