Real Madrid, FC Barcelona knocked out of Copa del Rey




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Madrid – and FC Barcelona were Thursday knocked of the Spanish Copa del Rey, meaning for the first time since 2010 the competition’s final will feature neither of the two.

were dumped of the quarter-final after losing 3-4 at to Real Sociedad in a hugely entertaining game.

saw two goals ruled by video though and a red card for the visitors.

Real Sociedad’s Sweden forward Alexander Isak inspired an incredible attacking display, scoring twice in the second period.

He the fourth goal for Mikel Merino and also had a strike ruled out for offside.

Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, who is loan from , had given the visitors the lead midway through the first half.

He had followed the rebound after goalkeeper Alphonse Areola could only parry a long-range effort from Isak.

Defender Marcelo quickly pulled a goal back for the hosts after Isak’s quick- brace to make 3-1.

He beat goalkeeper Alex Remiro at the near post moments after receiving a volley of boos from the fans for his haphazard display.

But rampant Real Sociedad soon restored a three-goal cushion when Isak teed Merino for a simple tap-in after 69 minutes.

Real Madrid substitute Rodrygo pulled a goal back in the 81st minute to make 4-2.

This after Brazilian team mate Vinicius Jr had a strike ruled out for offside following a VAR review.

Nacho struck in added time for the hosts to up a tense finish.

Real Sociedad defender Andoni Gorosabel sent off in stoppage time but Real Madrid, who are top of La Liga, could not find an equaliser.

They thus suffered their first defeat in any competition since losing 1-0 at Real Mallorca on Oct. 19.

Also, FC Barcelona’s hopes of reaching a seventh successive Copa del Rey final ended at the same quarter-final stage a 0-1 defeat by Athletic Bilbao.

The tight contest decided in the third minute of stoppage time when Spanish forward Inaki Williams headed past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

FC Barcelona captain wasted a good chance when he fired at the legs of Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon.

The two surprise results have come a day after second-tier side Mirandes defeated Villarreal 4-2.

Granada, who overcame Valencia 2-1, make up the semi-final line-up.

(Reuters/NAN)