2019-20 Spanish Copa del Rey, Semifinals
  • Carlos Fern√°ndez (48')
  • German Sanchez (76')
  • Yuri Berchiche (81')
2nd Leg - Tied 2-2 on aggregate - ATH
2nd Leg - Tied 2-2 on aggregate - ATH

Athletic Bilbao reach Copa del Rey final despite loss to Granada

Athletic Bilbao sneaked into the Copa del Rey final at the expense of Granada on away goals after losing 2-1 at the Andalusian side in their semifinal return leg on Thursday.

Athletic, who won the first leg 1-0 in Bilbao last month, seemed headed for a surprise exit after Granada forward Carlos Fernandez struck in the 48th minute and a header from defender German Sanchez doubled their advantage in the 76th.

But Athletic grabbed a crucial away goal through Yuri Berchiche in the 81st minute to level the tie at 2-2 on aggregate, setting up set up an all-Basque showpiece against Real Sociedad on April 18 in Seville (stream live on ESPN+).

The result means Bilbao will be playing in their fourth Copa del Rey final since 2009, with only Barcelona having played more in that span with nine.