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Category: Copa del Rey

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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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Barcelona stun Sevilla with comeback to end awful week in Copa del Rey final

Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla (aet, 3-2 on aggregate)Gerard Piqué’s last-gasp equaliser sets up extra-time winBarcelona will play their ninth Copa del Rey final in 12 years but this was anything but routine, the route there torturous and dramatic. Marc André t…

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European roundup: Sevilla beat Barça in cup first-leg as Neymar injured for PSG

Sevilla win 2-0 in first leg of Copa del Rey semi-finalNeymar suffers injury before Champions League tieSevilla defender Jules Koundé scored an extraordinary solo goal and Ivan Rakitic struck against his old side in a 2-0 win over Barcelona in a Copa d…

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European roundup: Griezmann leads Barcelona comeback in Copa del Rey

Barça win 5-3 in extra time after trailing 2-0 at 88 minutes Ligue 1: PSG beat Nîmes but Marseille only draw 2-2 with LensAntoine Griezmann scored two goals and provided two assists as Barcelona staged a last-gasp comeback at Granada in the Copa del Re…

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European roundup: Griezmann leads Barcelona comeback in Copa del Rey

Barça win 5-3 in extra time after trailing 2-0 at 88 minutes Ligue 1: PSG beat Nîmes but Marseille only draw 2-2 with LensAntoine Griezmann scored two goals and provided two assists as Barcelona staged a last-gasp comeback at Granada in the Copa del Re…

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‘Once in a lifetime’: Alcoyano rock Real Madrid as worlds collide | Sid Lowe

A shock for the ages provided the happiest night in the life of what, right now, might be the saddest city in Spain“Javi Antón is crying,” said Vicente Parras, and he wasn’t the only one. The manager of Club Deportivo Alcoyano looked across the pitch a…

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European roundup: Real Madrid crash out of Copa del Rey to third-tier side

Alcoyano score extra-time winner after having man sent offBayern edge narrow win against Augsburg in BundesligaReal Madrid have sensationally been knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Alcoyano, a third-tier Spanish side, who scored a dramatic winner in e…

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Barça beware: giantkillers Cornellà target another Copa del Rey scalp

Semi-professional third-tier club have knocked out Atlético Madrid in a remarkable cup run that also features a 1am winnerOn Thursday Barcelona will travel less than 15 minutes east from the Camp Nou, a trip they normally do once a season. This time, t…

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The Copa del Rey has been revamped and revitalised this season

Spain’s cup competition has become less bloated and less predictable this season. Other countries should take noteBy Mark Sochon for These Football TimesThe widely accepted narrative seems to be that domestic cup competitions are in the doldrums. Many …

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The Copa del Rey has been revamped and revitalised this season

Spain’s cup competition has become less bloated and less predictable this season. Other countries should take noteBy Mark Sochon for These Football TimesThe widely accepted narrative seems to be that domestic cup competitions are in the doldrums. Many …

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores yet again as Juventus rescue cup draw in Milan

Juventus salvage 1-1 draw in first leg of Coppa Italia semi-finalReal Sociedad beat Mirandés 2-1 in first leg of Copa del Rey semiA stoppage-time Cristiano Ronaldo penalty rescued a 1-1 draw for Juventus at 10-man Milan on Thursday in the first leg of …

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Barcelona crisis grows as Athletic Bilbao knock them out of Copa del Rey

• Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona• Iñaki Williams’ late goal knocks out Barça after calamitous weekAthletic Bilbao poured fuel on Barcelona’s fire. A late, late goal exposed them once more, eliminated from the Copa del Rey in the week in which their capt…

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Real Madrid dumped out by Real Sociedad in Copa del Rey thriller

• Real Madrid 3-4 Real Sociedad• Ten-man visitors hold on in frantic finaleReal Madrid have been dumped out of the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage, losing 4-3 to Real Sociedad at the Bernabéu.Alexander Isak struck twice for the Basque side as t…

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Griezmann the party pooper in Ibiza as injury-time winner spares Barça blushes

• Copa del Rey last 32: Ibiza 1-2 Barcelona• French forward scores two late goals, with one in injury timeAntoine Griezmann struck two late goals as Barcelona came from behind to beat third-tier UD Ibiza 2-1 and avoid an embarrassing Copa del Rey last-…

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Griezmann the party pooper in Ibiza as injury-time winner spares Barça blushes

• Copa del Rey last 32: Ibiza 1-2 Barcelona• French forward scores two late goals, with one in injury timeAntoine Griezmann struck two late goals as Barcelona came from behind to beat third-tier UD Ibiza 2-1 and avoid an embarrassing Copa del Rey last-…