Athletic Bilbao beat Granada 1-0 in the first leg of Copa del Ray semi-final

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Copa Del Rey 2020 Athletic Bilbao vs Granada Highlights – Athletic Bilbao defeated Granada with a 1-0 victory in the first leg of the Copa del Ray semi-final which was held on Wednesday.

After knocking out Barcelona in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Ray, the Basques were high on confidence and played phenomenally well to put themselves front in their home ground.

copa del rey 2020 athletic bilbao vs granada highlights

Inaki William’s assisted attempt to score went in vain when Granada goalkeeper, Rui Silva tipped the ball around the post to deny Athletic Bilbao their opening goal. The home team missed another chance to score when Raul Garcia missed the goal by mere inches.

Copa Del Rey 2020 Athletic Bilbao vs Granada Highlights

Finally, Iker Muniain opened the scoring for the home team which turned out to be the only goal of the match. His left-footed shot struck the visitors’ net at the center at the 42nd minute. He was assisted by Inaki Williams.

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Athletic Bilbao had the chance to extend their lead on two particular occasions but failed to do so when Yeray Alvarez and Ander Capa’s attempts to score went in vain due to Inaki Williams and the former’s offside.

Copa Del Rey 2020 Athletic Bilbao vs Granada Highlights

Despite their failed chances to increase the scoring, the home team was able to hold on to their lead throughout the match. In the post-match interview, Muniain said that they felt good to win at home and keeping a clean sheet was especially important for them. Although they would have liked to extend the scoreline, he said that it was a good game. He also said that it was a favorable result for them.

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Following the win, Athletic now moves to the second leg of the Copa del Ray semifinal which is to be played on March 5 in Andalusia.

Copa Del Rey 2020 Athletic Bilbao vs Granada Highlights

The home team is almost favorites to win the tournament as they have won it 23 times in the past, with only Barcelona winning it more times than them.

The other semi-final leg will be played between Real Sociedad and second-tier Mirandes on Thursday while the second leg is set to be played on March 4.

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