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In the Copa del Rey final, Mallorca defeated Real Sociedad by penalty shootout

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<p>For the first time in twenty-one years, Mallorca advanced to the Copa del Rey final after winning a penalty shootout on the road against Real Sociedad. The winning goal came from goalkeeper Dominik Greif.</p>
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<p>After 120 minutes finished in a 1-1 draw, Mikel Oyarzabal’s spot-kick was blocked by Greif, who had previously saved a spot-kick from Brais Mendez in regulation time.</p>
<p>The final is set for April 6 in Sevilla, home of Mallorca.</p>
<p>It was expected that this match would be competitive given that the two teams’ first leg finished in a 0-0 draw three weeks before and Real Sociedad won 2-1 thanks to a late goal in a league encounter.</p>
<p>Javier Aguirre, the coach of Mallorca, skillfully deployed his defense, leaving Real Sociedad’s attacker Andre Silva with little room to maneuver.</p>
<p>Arsen Zakharyan’s first attempt on goal for the home team didn’t come until the half hour mark, and it was aimed directly at Greif.</p>
<p>After Dani Rodriguez’s excellent effort, Abdon Prats went just wide for Mallorca, and then Mendez blew a great opportunity to put Real Sociedad ahead.</p>
<p>Although Greif easily stopped Mendez’s meek attempt with his foot, Antonio Raillo handled Martin Zubimendi’s pass into the area carelessly, leading to a penalty.</p>
<p>Five minutes into the second half, right defender Giovanni Gonzalez of Mallorca scored the game’s opening goal, beating Remiro with a powerful far-post header. Real Sociedad had substituted the unproductive Silva with new acquisition Sheraldo Becker before halftime.</p>
<p>After two weeks without playing due to a thigh injury, Mikel Oyarzabal returned for Real Sociedad, who responded brilliantly with Takefusa Kubo active on the right.</p>
<p>After only eight minutes on the field, the captain of the home team raced onto Mendez’s ball and beat Greif with a diagonal right-footed shot in the 71st minute.</p>
<p>Greif’s angled shot from Becker went wide, putting Real Sociedad up 1-0 as Mallorca was unable to control the ball or get out of their half.</p>
<p>After a bustle in the first five minutes of extra time, Kieran Tierney came dangerously close to scoring, but Samu Costa stopped his shot before it could cross the line, according to a VAR review.</p>
<p>Remiro diverted a Sergi Darder free kick for a corner at the opposite end.</p>
<p>Two worn-out teams committed a lot of bothersome fouls in the second half of extra time, but they were unable to generate any opportunities, and the match proceeded to a decisive shootout.</p>


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