Athletic's Raul Garcia sends Real out of Super Cup

Tanya Simon
January 15, 2021

For Real Madrid, Luka Jovic and Dani Carvajal are fit, but they might not feature in this match.

Lionel Messi was left out of Barcelona's Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Real Sociedad on Wednesday due to injury.

Garcia, who was sent off early on during a 3-1 defeat by Real last month, got Athletic off to an ideal start when he pounced on indecision in the Real defence to latch on to a through ball and slot into in the 18th minute. Oyarzabal missed Real Sociedad's first spot-kick before De Jong stepped up and hit the post.

Raúl García scored a brace for Bilbao with Karim Benzema pulling one back, a goal that turned out to be a consolation for the hosts.

The final is scheduled to take place on Sunday at Seville's La Cartuja Stadium.

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"It was a great game, both sides played really well, it was really intense and both teams had chances to win the game".

The victor between Barcelona and Real Sociedad will play either Real Madrid or Athletic Bilbao, who play in the second semifinal on Thursday.

France striker Benzema had the ball in the back of the net again but this time he was ruled to be offside after Courtois denied Asier Villalibre and Sergio Ramos headed just wide as Athletic held on in a tense finale.

Zidane picked the same starting 11 as against Osasuna and again his side failed to sparkle, with Eden Hazard continuing to lack sharpness in attack.

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