Athletic returns to Copa del Rey semifinals, beats Madrid

Athletic Bilbao to finally get the better of Real Madrid and reached the Copa del Rey semifinals

Alex Berenguer scored in the 89th minute to give Athletic a 1-0 victory in the quarterfinal on Thursday

Ending a three-match losing streak for the against Madrid.

Athletic reached the last two Copa finals, losing to Basque Country rival Real Sociedad in 2020 and Barcelona last season.

We are proud because it's very hard to eliminate Barça and Madrid like this.

Madrid's best chance fell to Casemiro, whose low second-half shot was saved by keeper Julen Agirrezabala.

Madrid were eliminated in the last 16, hasn't made it to the semifinals since 2018-19

Madrid was without striker Karim Benzema because of a muscle injury

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