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Messi stars as Barcelona thrash Athletic Bilbao to lift Copa del Rey

Final: Athletic Bilbao 0-4 BarcelonaSecond-half goal blitz seals first trophy since 2019There were seventy minutes gone in the 2021 Copa del Rey final when Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi did what Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi do, replicating the move they h…

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Kung-fu kicks and riot police: the day Maradona got Barça brawling

With Barcelona facing Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, we look back at the same fixture in 1984When Andoni Goikoetxea broke Diego Maradona’s ankle in 1983, it gave the Argentinian plenty of time to think as he plotted his revenge …

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Alguacil unable to contain passion as Real Sociedad quench trophy thirst | Sid Lowe

The manager made headlines for switching to ‘fan mode’ after winning the Copa del Rey having endured all the lean times“If you’ll allow me,” Imanol Alguacil said, as if there was anything they wouldn’t allow him any more. He was one of them after all, …

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‘For all of you’: Real Sociedad manager breaks into song after Copa del Rey triumph – video

Real Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil celebrated his side’s first trophy win since 1987 by wildly chanting and singing during a press conference. Real beat Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to claim the 2020 Copa Del Rey, postponed for nearly a year be…

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Real Sociedad beat Athletic to claim Copa del Rey and Basque glory

2020 final: Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Real SociedadMikel Oyarzabal scores penalty in 63rd minuteReal Sociedad’s reign as Copa del Rey holders will be the briefest in history but it will last for ever. Mikel Oyarzabal, the 23-year-old captain of the club he j…

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A final like no other: la Real, Athletic and the biggest Basque derby ever | Sid Lowe

Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao’s delayed Copa del Rey final will be an historic occasion – even without any fans to witness itThey have waited a long time for this, just not for it to be like this. Saturday night’s Copa del Rey final between Real So…

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Luis Suárez sinks Athletic Bilbao to send nervy Atlético Madrid six points clear

For the first time since the opening day of the season 187 days ago, Spain’s top three have all played the same number of games, and Atlético Madrid’s lead has increased to six points over Barcelona and eight over Real Madrid with 12 games to go – and …

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Marcelino reunion reminds Valencia players and fans of happier times | Sid Lowe

The Athletic Bilbao head coach was the last sign of stability at the Mestalla, something his former players remember all too wellAt the end of their 1-1 draw at San Mamés on Sunday afternoon, Valencia’s players headed across the pitch towards the tunne…

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Marcelino reunion reminds Valencia players and fans of happier times | Sid Lowe

The Athletic Bilbao head coach was the last sign of stability at the Mestalla, something his former players remember all too wellAt the end of their 1-1 draw at San Mamés on Sunday afternoon, Valencia’s players headed across the pitch towards the tunne…

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Messi sent off as Athletic Bilbao sink Barcelona to win Spanish Super Cup

Barcelona 2-3 Athletic Bilbao (aet)Iñaki Williams hits superb extra-time winnerThe moment that ultimately won this match, if it could be reduced to just one among so many, was like the last frame of a comic strip.It’s 2-2 in extra time in the Super Cup…

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Athletic Bilbao sink Real Madrid in Super Cup to rule out clásico final

Real Madrid 1-2 Athletic Bilbao (Benzema 73; García 18, 38pen)Basque side will face Barcelona in Sunday’s final in SevilleThe Spanish football federation did their bit to ensure a clásico final for the Super Cup; Real Madrid, on the other hand, did not…

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Real Madrid freeze at Osasuna as snow brings much of Spain to a halt | Sid Lowe

An icy flight across Spain was in vain for Madrid as they were held in Pamplona while Atlêtico’s games in hand rack upAthletic Club Bilbao parked the bus but couldn’t land the plane. The driver arrived early and waited outside Barajas Terminal Four on …

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Time runs out for Garitano at Athletic Bilbao despite winning latest ‘final’ | Sid Lowe

Gaizka Garitano was dismissed despite victory over Elche, but if the timing was a surprise the board’s decision was notPretty much the last thing Gaizka Garitano did as coach of Athletic Club Bilbao was say how happy he was. When the final, final whist…

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Time runs out for Garitano at Athletic Bilbao despite winning latest ‘final’ | Sid Lowe

Gaizka Garitano was dismissed despite victory over Elche, but if the timing was a surprise the board’s decision was notPretty much the last thing Gaizka Garitano did as coach of Athletic Club Bilbao was say how happy he was. When the final, final whist…

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European roundup: Dortmund’s Terzić off to winning start as Real beat Bilbao

Borussia Dortmund beat Werder Bremen 2-1Karim Benzema guides Real Madrid to joint top of La LigaBorussia Dortmund’s Edin Terzi? enjoyed a winning start as the club’s new head coach after they narrowly beat Werder Bremen 2-1 away to earn their first win…

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European roundup: Dortmund’s Terzić off to winning start as Real beat Bilbao

Borussia Dortmund beat Werder Bremen 2-1Karim Benzema guides Real Madrid to joint top of La LigaBorussia Dortmund’s Edin Terzi? enjoyed a winning start as the club’s new head coach after they narrowly beat Werder Bremen 2-1 away to earn their first win…

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European roundup: Stuttgart thrash Dortmund as Leipzig beat Bremen

Dortmund now winless in three league games after 5-1 lossRB Leipzig beat Werder Bremen 2-0 and move ahead of BayernPromoted side VfB Stuttgart scored three times in 10 minutes to crush hosts Borussia Dortmund 5-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday and maint…

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Zidane demands ‘respect’ after VAR helps Real Madrid edge closer to title

Sergio Ramos was the hero from the penalty spot again as Real Madrid won 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, a seventh consecutive victory that tightened their grip on the La Liga title.Zinedine Zidane’s side temporarily moved seven points clear of secon…

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …

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Ivan Rakitic puts stuttering Barcelona back on top in win over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder comes off the bench to clinch unconvincing victoryAtlético win at Levante, Napoli make Verona payIvan Rakitic came off the bench to score Barcelona’s second-half winner against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday and put them clear at the top of La …