MADRID, 6 May. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Real Madrid won their twentieth Copa del Rey this Saturday at the La Cartuja Stadium, by beating (2-1) in the final an Osasuna team that believed until the end, with Lucas Torró's goal, but left without the loot for a brace from the Brazilian Rodrygo Goes, in a merengue team that asserted its baggage in this type of encounter and its lethal 'punch' to recover the cupbearer throne nine years later.
Despite the fact that the 'rojillos' were supported by more than 22,000 voices that were much louder and more dedicated than the Madridistas, the Pamplona team will not return home with the trophy. Real Madrid once again reigned supreme at the Spanish football festival nine years later thanks to a great Vinicius, the protagonist on the left wing, and the brace from his compatriot Rodrygo, in the most effective and accurate version of the whites.
Jagoba Arrasate's men, who suffered the first blow after two minutes, managed to tie the match with a goal from Torró after the break and came close to achieving a feat, as happened in 2005. Finally, it will be the whites who fatten their record with their 20th Copa del Rey, the first since 2014, the only title that Ancelotti 'missed' in his second spell on the Merengue bench.
After the tremendous whistle for the national anthem from the entire Osasunista crowd, the game began 'not even painted' for Real Madrid. It didn't take Vinicius a minute to be a dagger on the left, stepping on the bottom line after two good dribbles to give Rodrygo the goal, who finished off at will inside the area. The whites were aware that this early goal could allow them to navigate a tide with more space in which they feel very comfortable.
However, the Real Madrid goal did not create more spaces, as the 'rojillos' calmed down after starting out very disoriented. The step back from Ancelotti's men gave wings to Osasuna, very incisive on the left of a Camavinga with less defensive clairvoyance, enjoying up to three chances with headers that Courtois caught without too many problems.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid only stretched out with a few bursts from Vinicius, the most passionate and active of the Whites, who served Rodrygo a low ball. This failed and the rebound was caught by Benzema, but his shot was saved by Herrera. Those from Pamplona responded only two minutes later, when Abde took advantage of a slip from Militao and stood alone against Courtois, but Carvajal took out his Vaseline against the Belgian almost on the goal line.
In a duel of equals, Real Madrid continued to insist on the left with a Vinicius 'in his sauce' who sent a thread over a 'rojilla' goal that had previously made Alaba tremble with a free kick. Meanwhile, Osasuna lived from the occasional mistake in the start of the whites, with less success than usual.
The first half ended with a yellow card to Vinicius for protesting an action, which made the 'rojilla' stands explode with shouts of 'fool' towards the Brazilian. This, who had his ups and downs with Peña, responded to the Navarrese fans by pointing to his team's shield.
Real Madrid played with fire due to their short lead and, at the start of the second half, Osasuna found their prize with a tremendous goal from Torró, who picked up a ball on the front line and beat Courtois with a precise and powerful whiplash. The tie unleashed madness in the effervescent 'rojilla' stands, who watched as their team restarted the game and brought out the colors to a more messy white team.
The goal left Real Madrid touched, but not knocked out, and they used their lethal 'punch' again to make it 2-1 down the stretch. Once again it was Rodrygo who found a rebound almost in the small area to chip the ball enough over Herrera. There were doubts, since Camavinga could have crossed the end line driving the ball, but the goal went up on the scoreboard. White ecstasy to celebrate the second goal in just three shots on goal so far in the game.
With no time for much else, Real Madrid withdrew and focused on not suffering any cracks that would give life to an Osasuna downcast by the second Real Madrid goal. Ancelotti, who had brought on Rüdiger before the goal to place Camavinga as a pivot, also gave minutes to a Modric who had recovered in record time and who, it seems, could face Manchester City this Tuesday.
However, Arrasate's substitutions had no effect, bringing on two fresh wingers and a 'Chimy' Ávila who couldn't win the battle against Militao and Alaba. Not even desperately did Osasuna manage to tie, with a very clear one at discount, which left his back more neglected and suffered the occasional transition from Vinicius, without the scoreboard experiencing any further changes.
--RESULT: REAL MADRID, 2 - OSASUNA, 1 (1-0, at halftime).
REAL MADRID: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni (Rüdiger, min.69), Kroos (Modric, min.80), Valverde; Rodrygo (Asensio, min.88), Benzema and Vinicius.
OSASUNA: Herrera; Peña (Kike Barja, min.75), Aridane, David García, Cruz; Moncayola, Torró (Ibáñez, min.86), Oroz, Moi Gómez (Kike García, min.86); Abde (Rubén García, min.75) and Budimir ('Chimy' Ávila, min.70).
1-0. Min. 2, Rodrygo Goes.
1-1 Min. 58, Lucas Torró.
2-1. Min. 70, Rodrygo Goes.
--REFEREE: Sánchez Martínez (C. Murciano). He admonished Militao (min.41), Vinicius (min.45), Camavinga (min.75), Valverde (min.90) and Courtois (Min.95) at Real Madrid; and Moncayola (min.22), David García (min.37), Kike Barja (min.83) and Ibáñez (min.94) in Osasuna.
--STADIUM: La Cartuja.