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Sociedad beat Bilbao to win first Copa del Rey in 34 years

Inigo Martinez of Athletic Bilbao fouls Real Sociedad's Portu
Winger Portu was through on goal when brought down by Inigo Martinez

Real Sociedad ended a 34-year wait for the Copa del Rey by beating Athletic Bilbao in a tight final in Seville.

After a five-minute VAR review of the decision to award a penalty, Mikel Oyarzabal sent the keeper the wrong way to win the 2019-20 trophy for Sociedad.

Bilbao face Barcelona in this season’s final on 17 April, looking to end their own 37-year wait in the competition.

In a game of few chances, Martinez came closest for Bilbao with a 25-yard effort that was tipped over the bar in the first half.

Former Manchester City midfielder David Silva played 85 minutes for Sociedad while ex-Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal lasted the full game.

The two sides meet again in La Liga on Wednesday, with Sociedad currently sixth and Bilbao ninth.

BBCSPORTS

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