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Iñaki Williams and Brother on Target as Athletic Bilbao Beat Atletico Madrid to Secure a Spot in Copa del Rey Final

Athletic Bilbao clinched a spot in the Copa del Rey final by comfortably defeating Atletico Madrid, setting up a clash against Mallorca on 6 April.

Athletic took a 1-0 lead in the first leg on 7 February with Alejandro Berenguer converting a penalty. In the second leg, Athletic doubled their advantage early on with Nico Williams assisting Inaki Williams for the first goal. Nico Williams then found the net himself just before half-time, and Gorka Guruzeta added another to secure a 4-0 aggregate victory.

The second leg, which saw Athletic’s highest attendance ever at 52,061, was briefly halted due to a medical emergency in the stands. Athletic later confirmed the person was stabilized and taken to the hospital.

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The final, set to be played at Estadio La Cartuja in Seville, will see the winners qualify for the Europa League group stage for the 2024-25 season. Mallorca, who won the Copa del Rey in 2003, secured their spot in the final after a penalty shootout win over Real Sociedad.

Athletic, with 23 Copa del Rey titles to their name, defeated Barcelona in the quarter-finals. Mallorca currently sits 16th in La Liga, while Athletic is in fifth place, one spot behind Atletico Madrid.

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