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Copa del Rey: End of the road for Barca, Real Madrid

  • By George Aluo
    It was a bad Thursday night for Barcelona and Real Madrid as they were bundled out of Copa del Rey by their less fancied opponents.
    While Barcelona lost to Athletico Bilbao by a lone goal, Real bowed to Sociedad by 4-3.
    Inaki Williams scored in stoppage time to send Athletic Bilbao through to the semi-finals.
    The hard-fought quarter-final appeared destined for extra time until Williams applied enough of a touch to Ibai Gomez’s inswinging cross from the right flank to send the ball beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen and into the net.
    In the Real Madrid, Sociedad clash Martin Odegaard who is on loan at Sociedad came back to haunt his club.
    The Norway international, on loan at the Basque club from Madrid, scored his first goal at Santiago Bernabeu when he tucked past Alphonse Areola just 22 minutes into the quarter-final tie.
    Odegaard’s opener sent Sociedad on the way to a shock 4-3 win in the Spanish capital, with Swedish striker Alexander Isak adding a double and Mikel Merino getting in on the action.
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