Actual Madrid have been knocked out of the Spanish Tremendous Cup bringing to an finish a depressing 5 days.
They didn’t wish to play final Saturday’s league recreation in snowy Pamplona. They didn’t win the sport and weren’t capable of fly again to the Spanish capital due to freezing situations. They went straight to Malaga to face Athletic Bilbao they usually have been crushed 2-1.
Will probably be Marcelino’s Athletic that play Barcelona within the ultimate on Sunday and never Zinedine Zidane’s Actual Madrid.
Athletic Bilbao have a good time after reserving place within the ultimate of the Spanish Tremendous Cup
The primary half had been a reminder of how rapidly issues can change in soccer. Lucas Vazquez has been strolling on air just lately, performing properly at proper wing and proper again and with supporters calling for him to be provided a brand new contract.
Raul Garcia, in distinction, was despatched off after 12 minutes of Athletic Bilbao’s league recreation towards Actual Madrid final month.
However within the first half of this semi-final Raul Garcia scored twice and Lucas had presumably the worst half of his profession. First he performed the ball out from the again straight to Dani Garcia who slipped a go by way of to Raul Garcia who buried his shot previous Thibaut Courtois.
Lucas had already been careless with a go out from the again and with the same error had now helped Athletic take the lead. On 36 minutes he helped them double their benefit. He grabbed Inigo Martinez within the penalty space and conceded a spot-kick that Raul Garcia dispatched to make it 2-0.
Raul Garcia scored twice to knock the holders out of the Spanish Tremendous Cup
Lucas may need been changed by Nacho at half time however as a substitute the substitute got here on for the injured Raphael Varane.
Madrid’s issues weren’t simply on the again with star flip Eden Hazard doing little or no to get them out of hassle. He had as soon as once more been off the tempo and aside from one shot saved by Unai Simon had triggered little risk to Athletic. Zidane had performed the Belgian in a extra central position from the beginning earlier than altering his system on the quarter-hour.
On the hour Hazard did tee-up Marco Asensio who thumped the submit. He had been full of life within the first half too and it was a reminder that Madrid are the masters of enjoying badly and nonetheless getting outcomes.
Garcia slotted house the opening aim and transformed a penalty (above) for his second aim
On 66 minutes Hazard was off and Vinicius got here on. Modric was the stunning second change with Fede Valverde approaching. Asensio carried on in the identical vein smacking the crossbar with a shot from all of 30 yards out.
Valverde’s affect was virtually prompt as he crossed to Casemiro who headed throughout the six-yard field the place Karim Benzema swept in from shut vary. The flag went up and the aim was dominated out by VAR over-ruled and Madrid have been proper again within the recreation.
Involved Athletic coach Marcelino rung the modifications and Asier Villalibre’s recent legs raced clear to attain what would have been the third and Athletic within the ultimate. Courtois got here out Inspector Gadget fashion and with a outstretched proper arm clawed the prospect clear.
Striker Karim Benzema swept in from shut vary to scale back the deficit for Actual Madrid
Benzema had the ball within the internet once more however this time the offside flag had been raised accurately and the aim didn’t stand. Benzema was the shock ultimate change with Mariano approaching for the French centre-forward. He entered the fray instantly after Sergio Ramos had headed agonisingly huge. Would that be the final probability?
Inaki Williams raced away however Casemiro saved the day with a wonderful final gasp problem. Madrid poured ahead as soon as extra however when Ramos headed huge from Vinicius’ cross Athletic sensed the would maintain on.
They are going to face Barcleona. Actual Madrid can lastly go house however they achieve this having didn’t win the primary competitors of the season.
Actual Madrid defender Sergio Ramos challenges Athletic Bilbao midfielder Mikel Vesga