Real Sociedad beat Athletic Bilbao to win 2019-20 Copa del Rey

An underwhelming game saw Real Sociedad's captain Oyarzabal score a 63rd minute penalty to win the game 1-0.

Real Sociedad players celebrate winning the Copa Del Rey, Image credit: Facebook/Real Sociedad
By Arnab Mukherji | Apr 4, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


Real Sociedad will go down in history for having the shortest reign as Copa del Rey champions. The 2020 Copa del Rey final was played in Seville on Saturday. The game was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it saw Sociedad take on Athletic Bilbao. The match itself was thoroughly underwhelming with only one goal separating the two sides. The winners ended a 34-year wait for the coveted trophy. Captain Mikel Oyarzabal scored the winning goal. 

VAR was in the limelight yet again as the decision that led to the winning penalty lasted five minutes. Sociedad’s 23-year-old captain sent the Bilbao keeper the wrong way to establish the lead. Oyarzabal has been at the club since he was 14-years -old. At 23, he has been handed the daunting task of leading the team in games. 

Bilbao player Inigo Martinez was initially sent off for a tackle on Sociedad’s Portu in the box, but the punishment was reduced to a yellow. Martinez was also the one who came closest to score for Bilbao. A sweetly struck short from 25-yards had to be tipped over the bar from the Sociedad keeper. 


The game itself was very unlike a final, with chances few and far in between. Sideways and back passes dominated most of the game. Attacking moves were either quelled or squandered by both sides. 

Sociedad only managed to get 6 shots, of which only one was on target. That one was taken from the penalty spot. Bilbao, on the other hand, managed just five with a couple on target. 

Veteran midfielder David Silva put in an impressive 85 minutes for Sociedad while former Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal lasted the full 90.  

The two sides will meet in La Liga on Wednesday. Sociedad currently sit sixth in the table while Bilbao are at ninth. 



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