28 Feb, 2024 @ 11:52
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Real Mallorca defy the odds to reach the Copa del Rey final in Spain for just the fourth time ever

REAL Mallorca have reached the final of the prestigious Copa del Rey for just the fourth time in their history after a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Real Sociedad.

The Balearic minnows will now face either Atletico Madrid or Athletic Club in the final, due to take place in Sevilla on April 6. 

The tie had been left in the balance after a 0-0 stalemate in the first leg in Palma.

Despite having not scored at Real Sociedad’s ground, the Reale Arena, since 2007, Mallorca took the lead through Gio Gonzalez following an agonising VAR wait.

The Champions League side struck back through star winger Mikel Oyarazabal, who had earlier had a penalty saved by Domink Greif.

Slovakian keeper Greif proved to be the star of the show, saving a penalty in the shootout before Sergi Darder converted the winning spot-kick to make history for Los Bermellones in the Basque Country, sparking jubilant celebrations amongst fans and players alike.

Mallorca have reached the final of Spain’s premier competition just three times before – the side were runners-up in 1991 and 1998 before clinching the silverware in 2003 after a 3-0 victory over Recreativo de Huelva which included a Samuel Eto’o brace.

Reaching the final also means that the Palma-based outfit will compete in the lucrative Supercopa de España, a four-team tournament that takes place annually in Saudi Arabia.

The competition includes the winners and runners-up of La Liga and the Copa del Rey.

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Ben Pawlowski

Ben joined the Olive Press in January 2024 after a four-month stint teaching English in Paraguay. He loves the adrenaline rush of a breaking news story and the tireless work required to uncover an eye-opening exclusive. He is currently based in Barcelona from where he covers the city, the wider Catalunya region, and the north of Spain. Send tips to [email protected]

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