Barcelona & Real Madrid, Both Teams Eliminated From Copa Del Rey

Real Madrid and Barcelona were both eliminated in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Thursday.

Madrid lost 4-3 to Real Sociedad at home before Barcelona conceded a late goal to lose 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao.

Barcelona & Real Madrid, Both Teams Eliminated From Copa Del Rey
Barcelona & Real Madrid, Both Teams Eliminated From Copa Del Rey

It’s the first time in a decade that neither Madrid nor Barcelona made it to the last four in the Copa Del Rey.

At least one of the Spanish powerhouses had reached the final every year since the 2009-10 season, when Sevilla won the title. Barcelona made the final the last six years in a row.

Real Sociedad ended Madrid’s 21-game unbeaten run with its win at the Santiago Bernabéu to reach the semifinals for the first time in six years.

Athletic got past Barcelona thanks to Iñaki Williams’ winner three minutes into second-half stoppage time, adding to club’s struggles since it fired coach Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with Quique Setién.

The Copa Del Rey is being played in single-elimination games this season, except in the semifinals.

Granada eliminated defending champion Valencia on Tuesday, while Mirandés got past Villarreal on Wednesday. Mirandés will be the only lower-division team in the semifinals.

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