Real Sociedad is the new winner of the King’s Cup after a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the final. The valuable goal was scored by Mikel Ojarsabal from a penalty in the 63rd minute.
This match was supposed to take place last season, but the clash for the trophy was postponed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic. The big opponents of the Basques faced for the first time a direct dispute over the valuable prize, which is third in the team window from San Sebastian.
The match started with a more active game by Sociedad and in the 6th minute David Silva made a shot, which was blocked. The team of Bilbao responded with a shot by Raul Garcia, but the ball did not find the target. In the 18th minute Alvarez lost the ball to a cross from the right and only the timely intervention of Martinez kept the door of Athletic dry.
A great individual discovery by Alexander Isaac in the 22nd minute caused a disturbance in Bilbao’s defense and miraculously the ball did not end up in the door of Unai Simon. Iker Munianin showed order in the 29th minute, but lost the moment to pass and defender Sociedad arrived. He could have scored again two minutes later, but after an ax the ball went into the corner.
31 ‘Last fifteen minutes of the first half. Muniain’s header ends up in a corner for the lions.
Wood, lions !!
– Athletic Club (@AthleticClub) April 3, 2021
The best chance so far was in the 32nd minute, when goalkeeper Unai Simon with a long pass found Inigo Martinez in front of the penalty area of Sociedad. A defender managed to keep the ball from crossing the goal-line but the shot went wide.
In the first minute of the second half after a cross from the left the ball hit the hand of Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez at the edge of the penalty area. After checking the situation with the VAR, the referee Estrada Fernandez blocked a foul, because according to the repetitions of the video, the illegal game was not within the penalty area.
A grandmaster’s pass in the 58th minute by Mikel Merino to the fast Christian Christian Porto found Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez unprepared, who dropped the Sociedad striker. Referee Estrada Fernandez showed the white dot and threw the defender. After the intervention of the VAR, the red card was replaced by a yellow one, but the decision on the penalty did not change. Almost 5 minutes into the game, Mikel Ojarsabal wins a penalty in the 63rd minute.
– Real Sociedad Football (@RealSociedad) April 3, 2021
The goal put Bilbao’s players ahead and they failed to threaten the opponent’s goal for a long time. Only in the given extension of 8 minutes did they reach several shots, something that did not bother the goalkeeper Alex Remiro.
Real Sociedad midfielder Mikel Merino was selected as the most useful player in the final.
ATHLETIC BILBAO – REAL SOCIEDAD 0: 1
0: 1 Mikel Ojarsabal (penalty 63)
ATHLETIC BILBAO: Unai Simon, Oscar de Marcos, Jeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Yuri Berciche, Alex Berenger, Dani Garcia, Unai Vencedor, Iker Muniain, Inaki Williams, Raul Garcia
Coach Marcelinho Garcia Toral
REAL SOCIEDAD: Alex Remiro, Andoni Gorosbel, Igor Subeldia, Robin Le Norman, Nacho Montreal, David Silva, Martin Subamendi, Mikel Merino, Alexander Isaac, Mikel Ojarsabal, Christian Porto
Coach Imanol Alguasil
Judge Variety Fernandes
Stage “La Cartouche”, Seville
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