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March 23, 2023

Copa del Rey: Athletic Bilbao qualified for the final act

CD Mirandes’s remarkable Copa del Rey adventure came to an end at the semi-final stage after Athletic Club secured a 6-2 home win to complete an 8-3 aggregate success and book a place in the final against FC Barcelona or Valencia CF on 25 May, according to uefa.com.
Mirandes were bidding to become the first side from the Spanish third tier to reach the Copa del Rey final after rousing victories over Villarreal CF, Real Racing Club and RCD Espanyol en route to the last four. However, after losing 2-1 in the first leg they found themselves three further goals worse off inside 22 minutes of the San Mames return following strikes by Iker Muniain (11), Markel Susaeta (14) and Jon Aurtenetxe with a looping header (22).

In Germany, Borussia Dortmund avoided following in the footsteps of FC Energie Cottbus, MSV Duisburg and 1. FSV Mainz 05 by overcoming Holstein Kiel of the Regionalliga Nord. Like Mirandes, the fourth-tier team had blazed a trail to the quarter-finals, knocking out the aforementioned clubs with plenty to spare, but met their match in the Bundesliga leaders. Early goals by Robert Lewandowski (11) and Shinji Kagawa (18) set Jürgen Klopp’s side on their way to a 4-0 away victory completed by Lucas Barrios (80) and Ivan Perisic (87) efforts.

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