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Athletic Bilbao won the Copa del Rey. © ANSA / Julio Munoz

Celebrations in the Basque Country: This cup victory is special

Athletic Bilbao's final curse in the Spanish Football Cup has been averted.

After losing six finals in a row, the club from the Basque Country won the Copa del Rey final on Sunday night against RCD Mallorca 4-2 on penalties. After regular time and the subsequent extra time in front of 50.000 spectators at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Sevilla, the score was 1-1. It was Bilbao's first title in 40 years.

Dani Rodriguez (21') initially put Mallorca in the lead before Oihan Sancet (50') equalized for coach Ernesto Valverde's favored Basques. In the penalty shootout, two of four Mallorcans missed. Bilbao recently lost the finals against Real Sociedad (2020) and FC Barcelona (2021), and there was also a defeat against Atletico Madrid in the 2012 Europa League final.

Schlagwörter: Soccer Spain

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