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Athletic Bilbao beat Granada 1-0 in first leg of Copa del Rey semifinals

By: AP | Madrid |

Published: February 13, 2020 1:36:25 pm





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Athletic Bilbao moved closer to its fourth Copa del Rey final in 12 years by defeating Granada 1-0 in the first leg of the semifinals on Wednesday.

Iker Muniain scored the winner in the 42nd minute after an assist by Inaki Williams. The goal had to be confirmed by video review as it appeared Williams controlled the ball with his arm before making the low cross for Muniain’s close-range shot.

The second leg will be on March 5 at Granada, which is trying to reach its first Copa final in more than six decades.

“We could have scored more goals,” Athletic coach Gaizka Garitano said. “But even if we had won 2-0, it still wouldn’t be over. It’s a very even semifinal.”

Real Sociedad will host second-division club Mirandes in the first leg of the other semifinal on Thursday. Sociedad eliminated Real Madrid in the quarterfinals, while Athletic ousted Barcelona.

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