Athletic Bilbao advances to Copa del Rey final with win over Atletico Madrid

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Leading 1-0 from the initial leg, first-half objectives from brothers Nico and Inaki Williams put the hosts in charge of the tie

Athletic Bilbao swept past Atletico Madrid 3-0 at Estadio San Mames to seal their spot in the Copa del Rey final.

Leading 1-0 from the initial leg, first-half objectives from brothers Nico and Inaki Williams put the hosts in charge of the tie.

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Gorka Guruzeta swept in a third on the hour as Athletic protected a final date with Genuine Mallorca.

The visitors made an early opening when Samuel Lino’s work was directly at Bilbao keeper Julen Agirrezabala.

Bilbao broke the stop in the 13th moment when Nico Williams got to one side goalline and chipped a lobbed cross back through the punishment region and his sibling Inaki crashed home a volley.

Once more, the Williams brothers before long consolidated, this time Inaki took care of Nico on the wing and his shot flew barely wide of the right post.

Atletico pushed for a response as Angel Correa fired over the crossbar after being picked out by Alvaro Morata’s pass.

There was a concise stoppage in play around the 35th moment as an observer required clinical treatment in the stands, yet all the same the game before long continued.

Bilbao multiplied their lead in the 42nd moment when Inaki Williams was made light of clear the right and held off Atletico safeguard Mario Hermoso prior to scaling the ball back for Nico to cut in from short proximity.

The start of the second half saw another delay for a different fan in the record crowd of 52,061 packed into the Cathedral to receive medical assistance, eventually being carried away on a stretcher.

Athletic Bilbao later affirmed the individual had been attempting to inhale, however was settled and taken to medical clinic.

At the point when the activity restarted, Nico Williams was before long involved again to send Oihan Sancet clear on objective, however his shot was discharged above and beyond the crossbar.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone attempted to start some life into his side with a triple change following 54 minutes, with Memphis Depay, Reinildo Mandava and Pablo Barrios sent on to supplant Nahuel Molina, Hermoso and Correa.

Any expectations of a comeback, however, were finished in the 61st moment when Guruzeta thumped in a bounce back after Sancet’s calculated exertion had been moved out by Madrid keeper Jan Oblak.

Depay’s calculated free-kick was gymnastically saved by Agirrezabala before Saul Niguez headed wide as Bilbao saw out the end stages to arrive at the Copa del Rey final at La Cartuja interestingly starting around 2021.

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