"It will never be if we are not today." This is how the banner with the colors of the Royal Society read in Euskera, symbolically animating theirs from the Gol Norte de La Cartuja, which hosted a historic final. A gigantic ikurriña with the number 12 protected the San Sebastian footballers. The Blue and Whites were facing their seventh Cup final , which they had won for the last time in 1987.
Night of the Ciborium for Real From concentration to confusion
It was obvious that the Athletic players had more experience in these struggles. The boys of the Real broke lines before the anthem of Spain sounded. They had to compose themselves to listen to the notes, in the same way that the team tried to compose themselves in the first half marked by the fear of the two changing rooms, obsessed with not making gross mistakes that could open the way to victory for the rival. Everything was measured, without concessions.
AthleticUnai Simón, Yeray, Íñigo Martínez, De Marcos, Yuri (Capa, min. 92), Unai Vencedor (Unai López, min. 67), Muniain, Berenguer (Villalibre, min. 75 ), Dani García (Vesga, min. 75), Williams and Raúl GarcíaR. SocietyRemiro, Monreal, Robin Le Normand, Igor Zubeldia, Gorosabel (Aritz Elustondo, min. 92), Martín Zubimendi, Merino, David Silva (Ander Guevara, min. 84), Portu (Ander Barrenetxea, min. 88), Oyarzabal and Isak (Carlos Fernández, min. 88) Goals0-1 min. 62: Oyarzabal. Yellow cards Dani García (min. 34), Íñigo Martínez (min. 61) and Merino (min. 70)
La Real always tried, but during a good stretch it was difficult for them to take control. Only at certain times did the quality of his midfield players come to light, in the case of David Silva. The most promising attacks of the Real always came from the right wing. Two small and very fast players, Gorosabel and Portu, were the only ones capable of deepening and putting centers in the Athletic area. The speed of the side was striking. At 24 years old and a native of Mondragón, the youth squad played the most important game of his sports career with great ease. Away from the fields of Tercera, the rain that fell on La Cartuja brought him airs from his land, from his riding on the right wing, now in the company of Portu . The little ones of the Real took the initiative due to the lack of protagonism of players a priori more protagonists, such as Oyarzabal, Silva, Merino or Isak.
And the final, how could it be otherwise after what was pointed out in the first act, was broke down that right wing. Merino gave a great pass to Portu, an excellent scout of spaces, a very fast forward who beat Iñigo Martínez, who overwhelmed him and committed a penalty. The center-back saw the red first and the VAR rectified Estrada Fernández, who ended up leaving the matter in yellow.
Portu is a real roadrunner, a footballer who exploded in Pablo Machín's Girona and who sighed over and over again so that he Seville will sign him. La Real did it and the fast winger is realistic since 2019. Fast and incisive, he was a nuisance for Yuri and combined perfectly with his teammate Gorosabel.
In the vision of Merino and the unchecking of Portu resided a large part of the success of this Real, who played the final with great poise. Portu played its 38th game of the season in all competitions. A native of Murcia and forged in the quarry of Valencia, he has eight goals this season, where Real have played up to four competitions. At 88 minutes, he left the field after a great effort, replaced by Barrenetexea, another of the jewels of the San Sebastian quarry. In a race, Portu had changed the fate of the final.
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