January 15, 2021
Spain-ALSHARQIYA January 15: Athletic Bilbao deprived football fans around the world of a new Spanish Clasico after stripping Real Madrid of their title as champion in the Spanish Super Cup by beating them 2-1 in the semi-final on Thursday.
Bilbao and hit a date with arch-rivals Barcelona for the royal team in the final match of the competition in its new format, which will be held on Sunday.
4 teams participated in the competition in its new look, Real Madrid, the league champion and title holder, Barcelona, the summer of the league, Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, who reached the Cup final last season, which was postponed to the fourth of next April due to the repercussions of the new Corona virus.
The competition was supposed to be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as happened in the first edition, but the outbreak of "Covid-19" prevented that, so that Andalusia would host its three matches.
It is the first victory for Bilbao over Real Madrid since the seventh of March 2015 when it beat him with a goal without a response in the 26th stage of the Spanish League, and since that time Real has won 16 times and tied 5 times in all competitions.
Although the first quarter of the hour was mostly in favor of the Meringue, the Basque team snatched the first goal after a pass from Dani Garcia to Raul Garcia, who penetrated the penalty area and hit a ball that passed under the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (18).
Lucas Vásquez committed a naive mistake on Inigo Martinez inside the forbidden region, as a result of which the referee awarded a penalty kick, which Garcia successfully paid on the opposite side of Cortua (38).
Courtois scored 16 goals from 18 penalty kicks, as he protected Real Madrid's den in all the last nine competitions, all of which turned into goals.
All the attempts of the French team, Zinedine Zidane, were unsuccessful, so the attacks of his compatriot Karim Benzema and the Belgian Eden Hazard ended before reaching the stage of forming a danger at goalkeeper Unai Simon, or luck would be an obstacle, as happened with Marco Asensio, who hit the right post (58) and then the crossbar (68) .
Bilbao scored a goal for Benzema with a close-range shot, which was confirmed after the return to the "mouse" video assistant referee after suspicion that the player of Algerian origins was offside (75).
Benzema scored a second goal, but the referee’s flag was decisive this time (82), while the referee counted 6 minutes as a substitute for lost pressure during which Real's players were largely unsuccessful.