Athletic Club have done something that was seemingly impossible a couple of years ago in any Copa del Rey. First, they eliminated Barcelona in the Round of 16, and this time, Marcelino García Toral's footballers have ousted Real Madrid from the competition.
None of this would have been possible withouth the Spanish coach, who almost entirely canceled Real Madrid's options of scoring at San Mamés Stadium and were not able to replicate their previous wins against Los Leones in all competitions.
Just when the game seemed to be heading for extra time, a late but stunning goal by Alex Berenguer shocked Real Madrid and eliminated them from the tournament. The Spanish capital side saw the ref add six minutes of stoppage time to the game, but they were barely able to get the ball near Athletic's pitch.
Have a look at Berenguer's late goal that kicked off all celebrations at San Mamés Stadium (image might be geo-restricted).
ATHLETIC CLUB LEAD IN THE 88TH MINUTE!— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 3, 2022
Real Madrid might be eliminated from the Copa del Rey pic.twitter.com/Iy70zLXPRY
After this result, it would be crazy not to think about Athletic as the favorites to win the title now. Nevertheless, this edition of the tournament has proven to us that all bets are off whenever Los Leones take the pitch.