Copa del Rey: Bilbao lose cup final – next chance in two weeks

Athletic Bilbao failed at the first attempt to win the Spanish Cup final. Real Sociedad San Sebastian won the final of the 2019/2020 season, which had been postponed by a year, against Basque rivals in Seville 1-0 (0-0), winning the Copa del Rey for the first time since 1988.

On April 17th, Bilbao has the chance to win the cup of the current season against FC Barcelona.

The final had been postponed due to the corona pandemic so that it could possibly play in front of fans. But that was not possible this time either.

Both teams struggled in the first Basque final duel in history, real goal scenes did not materialize. 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 (63.).

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

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

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