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Athletic Club face FC Barcelona in the 2021 Copa Del Rey final at the Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla in Seville, Spain on Saturday April 17, 2021 (04/17/21).
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What: 2021 Copa Del Rey final
who: Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona
When: Saturday April 17, 2021
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Or: Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla
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After being forced by the pandemic to wait a year to play their most anticipated game in a generation, Real Sociedad can now celebrate their status as Copa del Rey champions.
Even though the next final is only two weeks away.
Sociedad ended a three-decade title drought on Saturday by beating fierce Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in the delayed 2020 cup final held in Seville. Bilbao will have another blow in just two weeks when they face Barcelona in the 2021 edition of the Copa del Rey final.
Mikel Oyarzabal scored the only goal in an intense and rambling fight dominated by defense. The Spanish striker pierced his penalty in the right corner in the 63rd minute after Iñigo Martínez fouled Portu Portugués in the box after a precise pass from Mikel Merino.
The game had been postponed since the end of last season in hopes that the coronavirus pandemic would improve enough for fans to witness the much-anticipated clash between the two regional rivals.
But with the coronavirus still imposing strict limits on social gatherings in Spain, officials said it was impossible for spectators to be allowed into Seville’s La Cartuja stadium.
The impact of the virus, which has claimed more than 75,000 lives in Spain, was evident even during the celebrations.
“There are a lot of people we would have loved to share this with, family and friends who have left us in the worst possible way,” Oyarzabal said with tears in his eyes.
San Sebastian-based Sociedad had only won the Copa del Rey twice before in its history, in 1909 and in 1987, its last major trophy.
Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil devoted his biggest night to those battling the pandemic.
“Thank you to the health workers, to those who save lives,” said Alguacil. “I thought of them after our victory. I dedicate this cup to them.
Bilbao, whose 23 cup titles are second after Barcelona’s record 30, have lost the cup final four times since their last victory in 1984.
“It’s a big blow,” said Bilbao defender Óscar de Marcos. “It is true that we have another final in 15 days, but losing a final always hurts. We missed our fans, who are with us through the good times and the bad.
Ahead of the game, a few thousand Bilbao supporters violated public health restrictions in place for the coronavirus when they gathered in rowdy and crowded groups in downtown Bilbao. At least one trash can was on fire near a crowd of young people, many of whom were wearing Bilbao’s red and white shirts.
Bilbao police have pleaded on social media for the crowd to return home. The city’s mayor also criticized the rallies.
“Some crazy people cause incidents before the final. And what about families suffering from COVID who cannot enjoy this historic day? You do not represent the values of Athletic or our city, ”Mayor Juan Mari Aburto wrote on Twitter.
Aside from the blow that led to Oyarzabal’s goal, it was a game that was dictated by both defenses.
Sociedad center-back Robin Le Normand stopped Bilbao striker Iñaki Williams, while Bilbao’s Martínez had Bilbao’s best scoring chance when his long strike forced goalkeeper Alejandro Remiro to pass the ball over from the bar just after half an hour.
Merino helped tip the game in Sociedad’s favor with a perfectly weighted pass.
Merino’s long ball to respond to Portu’s run into the zone left Martínez with the choice of leaving the striker free to size goalkeeper Unai Simón, or knock him down. Martínez opted for the fault and barely escaped expulsion.
The referee initially showed Martínez a red card but, after a video review, changed it to a yellow card and allowed the center-back to stay in the game.
But once Sociedad were in the lead, they never let Bilbao make a comeback.
“I was proud of my players before the game and still am now,” said coach Marcelino García Toral, who led Bilbao to the Spanish Super Cup in January by beating Barcelona in the final.
“I’m sad because we weren’t ourselves. We must congratulate Real Sociedad and analyze with serenity what we need to improve. “
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)