Athletic Bilbao ahead Raul Garcia scored twice in a 2-1 win over Real Madrid to knock the holders out of the Spanish Super Cup and arrange a remaining in opposition to Barcelona.
Garcia, who was despatched off throughout a 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid final month, made essentially the most of two obtrusive errors from Real’s Lucas Vazquez to internet twice within the first half earlier than Karim Benzema pulled one again 17 minutes from time.
Athletic Bilbao meet Barcelona on Sunday in Seville in a repeat of the 2015 remaining, which Barca received 5-1 on combination. This 12 months’s Super Cup was moved to southern Spain after the coronavirus pandemic stopped it from being held in Saudi Arabia for a second straight season.
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Karim Benzema pulled a objective again for Real Madrid late on
Athletic Bilbao attain the ultimate after being boosted by the arrival of coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, who was employed lower than two weeks in the past to attempt to halt the staff’s struggles. It was solely his second match in command of the membership, coming after a 3-2 dwelling loss to Barcelona in La Liga final week.
Garcia received Athletic off to a great begin when he pounced on indecision within the Real defence to latch on to a by way of ball and slot into the web within the 18th minute after right-back Vazquez had given the ball away.
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Athletic Bilbao have fun after reaching the ultimate
Garcia doubled the lead by sending Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois the improper method from the penalty spot within the thirty eighth minute, after Vazquez had hauled down Inigo Martinez.
Iker Muniain ought to have added a 3rd early within the second half however missed the goal with a free header and Marco Asensio hit the woodwork twice earlier than Benzema pulled Real again into rivalry. The Frenchman’s strike had initially been dominated offside however was awarded after a VAR overview.
Benzema put the ball within the internet once more and was once more given offside however this time the VAR dominated in opposition to him.
Real probed for an equaliser deep into six minutes of added time and Athletic confronted an agonising anticipate a VAR verify to be accomplished on a possible Real penalty however they had been spared and wildly celebrated the win.
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