34-year wait for the Copa del Rey by beating Athletic Bilbao

34-year wait for the Copa del Rey by beating Athletic Bilbao


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.

Inigo Martinez was initially sent off for fouling Portu in the box but the decision was downgraded to a yellow.

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.

Can the Saints keep hold of Danny Ings this summer? The striker's current deal runs through to the summer of 2022 but boss Ralph Hasenhuttl remains confident the club can reach an agreement over an extension and fend off any interest elsewhere.

"He had a fantastic season last season, but since then he has had a few injury problems and did not score that much, but he is still a very good striker," Hasenhuttl said.

"Is he good enough to be an option for them? I don't know, but I expect him to stay with us as he knows what he has with us.

"He has one more year (on his) contract. This will be an interesting situation for him, if one of the big clubs wants him.

"It is always difficult for us to keep a player with us, this is normal, but I do not see this scenario in the summer if I am honest."
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