Athletic Club, after qualifying for the final. PHOTO: www.athletic-club.net

Athletic Club, FC Barcelona’s rival in the King’s Cup Final, qualified for the championship match after a nearly impeccable run. In the four qualifying rounds before the final, Marcelo Bielsa’s men won 7 matches and drew only once, they scored 17 goals and only conceded 3.

Oviedo was Athletic Club’s first rival in the round of 32. The Basques won the first and second legs by one goal to nil. The draw for the next round paired them up with Albacete. The first match, which ended in a goalless draw, was played at the Carlos Belmonte and the return leg, at the San Mamés, was won by Athletic by 4-0. Against Malloca, in the quarter-finals, the Basque side won at the Sam Mamés by 2-0 and then won in Mallorca by 0-1.

Mirandés, the only team capable of scoring on Athletic

Mirandés, the surprise team of the King’s Cup, was an interesting rival for the Athletic Club. The municipal stadium in Anduva was packed to the brim as Mirandés attempted to complete the historic feat of reaching the Final. Athletic, who won by 1-2, watched as Lanbarri broke the Basques’ run of clean sheets in the competition. In the return leg, Athletic overwhelmed Mirandés with a 6-2 scoreline.

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