Shock Basque dou­ble in Cup

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– Barcelona and Real Madrid both crashed out of the Copa del Rey on Thurs­day night as Ath­letic Bil­bao and Real So­ciedad pulled off a shock Basque dou­ble to reach the semi­fi­nals.

Barca were beaten 1-0 by Bil­bao at San Mames, where Inaki Wil­liams headed in a dra­matic 93rd-minute win­ner, af­ter La Real had seen off Madrid 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu.

Two sen­sa­tional up­sets added an­other layer of ex­cite­ment to a com­pe­ti­tion that has been full of sur­prises this sea­son, with Bil­bao and Real So­ciedad join­ing Granada and sec­ond divi­sion Mi­ran­des in an un­fa­mil­iar line-up for the draw.

“There have been some sur­prise re­sults,” said Wil­liams. “Some­times you just have to have faith and heart.” But still de­feat for Barca was painful, – AFP

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