The Copa del Rey final will not feature Real Madrid or Barcelona for the first time in a decade after both teams suffered stunning quarter-final defeats on Thursday.
Real Sociedad surprised a second-string Real team 4-3 at the Santiago Bernabeu on the same evening Athletic Bilbao beat Barcelona 1-0 at San Mames thanks to some late pressure from Inaki Williams.
It’s the first time since the 2009-10 season that neither of Spain’s top two heavyweights will feature in the decider, and the first time since 2002-03 that none of Barca, Real or Atletico Madrid managed to reach the last four, per Gracenote Live.
Martin Odegaard has already impressed on loan at the Anoeta this season and gave Zinedine Zidane a more personal showcase of his ability, scoring the opener against his parent club. A quick-fire Alexander Isak brace helped steer Sociedad into a 4-1 lead after 69 minutes, and goals from Marcelo, Rodrygo and Nacho ended up as little more than consolation for Los Blancos.
The Blaugrana didn’t fare any better in the Basque country where Quique Setien fell to his second defeat as Barca manager, ending the club’s six-year streak of successive Copa final appearances (winning four titles in that time).
Athletic’s winner was credited as a Sergio Busquets own-goal, but it looked as though Williams had an argument to say he forced the decisive touch.
Los Leones will face fellow top-tier side Granda in the semi-finals, while Sociedad host Mirandes of the Segunda Division in the first leg of their matchup.