When you play with fear in your body, when you are more aware that your rival does not score than to look for the opposite goal with freshness, what happened this Thursday in Valencia happens. Nobody wanted to lose so Levante and Athletic they reached the extension. 1-2, final result.
And it was there that the Basque team, more complete, perhaps more experienced in this type of outcome, won the place to become the Barça rival in the final on April 17 in Seville. And with the enormous curiosity, a historical fact for Athletic, to play two cup finals just a couple of weeks apart. Never seen. Strange situations that this damn pandemic has caused. Thus, the team of Marcelino you will have the opportunity to try to win two consecutive Cup trophies in the same month. He will first play the 2019-2020 title against Real Sociedad and then this season against Barça from the comeback against Sevilla.
Uncomfortable team for the Catalans
The truth is that he is a very uncomfortable opponent for the Catalans. Athletic has become one of the most unfriendly teams for Barça. Last season they were eliminated from the Cup and in January the group of Koeman lost the Spanish Super Cup to the Biscayan.
Levante sought their first Cup final. And in fact, they dreamed of the feat for 13 minutes. Advancement Roger Marti to the locals (m. 17) but Athletic equalized the result of the first leg thanks to a penalty that transformed Raul Garcia (m. 30). Thus the extension was reached. In the second part of the added time, Alex Berenguer (m. 111) classified the rojiblancos.
The match sheet
1 – Lift: Aitor Fernández, Miramón (Coke, m.109), Vezo, Duarte, Clerc, De Frutos, Róber Pier (Bardhi, m.46) Malsa (Vukcevic, m.86), Rochina (Son, m.86), Roger ( Dani Gómez, m.90) and Morales (Sergio León, m.89).
2 – Athletic Club: Unai Simón, De Marcos (Capa, m.106), Raúl Núñez, Yerai, Yuri (Balenziaga, m.109), Berenguer, Unai López (Vencedor, m.106), Vesga (Dani García, m.96), Muniain (Morcillo, m.110), Williams and Raúl García (Villalibre, m.96).
Goals: 1-0, c. 17: Roger. 1-1, m.30: Raúl García, from the penalty spot. 1-2, c. 111: Berenguer.
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Referee: Del Cerro Grande (Madrid committee). He admonished Duarte and Rochina for Levante and Raúl Núñez, Unai López and De Marcos for Athletic.
Incidents: Second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals played without an audience at the Ciutat de València stadium.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.