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Madrid eliminated, Bilbao join Barça in the final

After a series of nine games without defeat since December 1, Real Madrid of Zinédine Zidane was eliminated in the semifinals of the Spanish Supercup Thursday in Malaga by Athletic Bilbao (2-1) , who joins FC Barcelona in the final on Sunday

Visibly washed out, the Marseille technician’s men were unable to raise their heads after the double from Basque striker Raul Garcia (34), first from the right (18th) then on a penalty conceded by Lucas Vazquez for a belt in his surface (38th) … despite the goal of Karim Benzema (75th).

Double failure for the White House, defending champion: not only do the Madrilenians deprive themselves of any possibility of winning a 12th coronation in the competition, but they miss a clasico in the final against the eternal rival, Barça, which would have been one of the most attractive posters of the beginning of 2021.

After the triumph of the 2020 Supercup, which the Merengues had won in Saudi Arabia by beating Atlético Madrid in the final (0-0, 4-1 on penalties), this premature elimination is the second in a row for Zidane since the title champion of Spain won in June, after elimination in the knockout stages of the Champions League against Manchester City last August (1-2, 2-1).