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Real Sociedad falls on penalties against Mallorca and is eliminated from the Cup

Real Sociedad falls on penalties against Mallorca and is eliminated from the Cup

Real Sociedad falls on penalties against Mallorca and is eliminated from the Cup

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Real Sociedad has not been able to qualify for the Copa del Rey final of the 2023-24 season, by falling, this Tuesday, at the Reale Arena, in the penalty shootout, against the Majorca. He semi-final second leg has finished with tie to oneafter what Gio Gonzalezin the 50th minute, has put Mallorca ahead and that Mikel Oyarzabalin the 71st minute, achieved the equalizing goal. Mallorca’s goalkeeper, Dominik Greif, has been key for your team, since He has saved two penalties in this return meeting, one during the match, in the 45th minute, to Brais Méndezand another in the decisive round, to Mikel Oyarzabalin the first launch of Real.

For this match, one of the most important and decisive in the history of Anoeta, Imanol has arranged an eleven without surprises. Arsen Zakharyan, fully recovered from the blow suffered against Villarreal, has started on the left, as has Hamari Traoré, who also had to be replaced last Friday, at right back. André Silva and Take Kubo formed the Real forward line, which had Mikel Oyarzabal, the captain, waiting for his opportunity on the bench. In Mallorca, Javier Aguirre has placed Abdón Prats and Cyle Larin at the top of the attack.

Inaccuracies, in the first time

The match started in the typical way that this type of eliminatory does, with many inaccuraciesalthough it is fair to mention that La Real has started with one more point of lucidity and success; yes, without dangerous approaches. After the midway point of the first half, the first shot of the game arrived, the work of Arsen Zakharyan from the edge of the area, which Dominik Greif caught without too much trouble.

Mallorca responded well minutes later, with a shot from Cyle Larin that went wide, near the left post defended by Álex Remiro. The clearest chance of the first 45 minutes came in the form of maximum penalty in favor of the txuri urdin team; Brais Méndez has been in charge of launching italthough Grief has guessed the intentions of the Galician midfielder and has stopped Brais’ shot. La Real, who were trying to play their game, and Mallorca, who were playing their cards well, came out through the locker room tunnel with a look of greater satisfaction for the Vermillions, who had seen how the tie was almost against them.

Mallorca takes the lead, and Oyarzabal ties

The restart couldn’t have started better for the Mallorcan club, with a goal by Giovanni González, after an impeccable center by Jaume Costa from the left wing. It was time to look for a comeback for Real, who began to pressure Mallorca very hard, looking for a goal that would give them the opportunity to go to extra time; He did it, first, with a long shot from Javi Galán, and then, with a dangerous cross from Take Kubo, who could not find a finisher in the area.

The San Sebastian team has continued with that insistence, against a Mallorca that was comfortable in that record of superiority without having possession, although without much clarity. That’s when the captain of the txuri-urdin team appeared, Mikel Oyarzabal, who had jumped onto the field a few minutes before; a counterattack led in a fantastic way by Brais and Kubo ended in a superb definition by Oyarzabal in front of the goalkeeperafter passing into the hole by the Galician midfielder.

The positive inertia has made Real acquire a notable superiority over the development of the match. Becker, with his particular overflow, launched a great shot from outside the area that was repelled by goalkeeper Greif for a corner. In the final minutes of the match, the midfield was conspicuous by its absence; The match has entered a more uncontrolled phase, in which a goal would qualify for a Copa del Rey final. The doubt, in this new context, lay in knowing which team benefited the most. La Real did not stop trying, although there was no way for Imanol’s team to penetrate Mallorca’s wall, and the match went to extra time.

Tierney, about to score the second

At the start of added time, The txuri-urdin squad has had a very clear double opportunity to take the lead on the scoreboard: first, with a shot by Mikel Merino cleared on the goal line; then, with a rejection, after which Kieran Tierney shot from close range. Samu Costa cleared with a header and also under the posts, in an action that had to be reviewed by the VAR, since it was not clear if the ball had completely crossed the goal line.

After the break, the game continued in that phase of less control, which, added to the logical fatigue of both squads, has resulted in few occasions. Thus, the pass to the final of La Cartuja has been played on penalties.

Mikel Oyarzabal was unable to convert Real’s first shot into a goal, and the truth is that the save made by Greif on that shot was decisive, because the other players who took responsibility for shooting were able to score the goal. For Real, Turrientes, Olasagasti, Zubimendi and Becker have converted their penalties, just as Muriqi, Morlanes, Mascarell, Radonjic and Darder have done for Mallorca. Thus, Mallorca has obtained the prize of playing in the final.

Source: Eitb

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