MB – Mark Bolton
GB – Guillem Balague
LF – Luis Figo
RP – Rob Palmer
GH – Graham Hunter
- Good Evening and welcome to today’s live coverage of the Copa Del Rey final in between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid. We welcome you to the home of newly crowned La Liga champions and Madrid rivals Barcelona, the Nou Camp or Camp Nou as they call it where joining us is Spanish football expert Guillem Balague and none other than ex-Galactico Luis Figo.
– Luis, how different is this Bilbao side to the one you played almost 10 years ago?
– 10 years? Wow, I feel a bit old haha. It’s very different. I think all teams in La Liga have changed for the better. They were a lot more aggressive but now a good project is showing its true colours and we see many good Spanish players and teams playing good football. Athletic Bilbao is one of those teams and they have improved a lot in the last 3-4 seasons.
– You know Oceano well obviously having played with him in your Sporting and Portugal days. How is he as a character?
– He’s a leader. Oceano is a pure fighter and all he wants to do is win. He is not afraid to tell you if you aren’t doing what you can as he deems necessary so you I would expect a very well organised Bilbao team today ready to win a trophy.
– Can they do it Guillem?
– It’s going to be very tough. Bilbao has not been as good recently, especially this season. They are almost crawling to the finish line and have many injuries. Now that’s the complete opposite to Madrid, who have all their players available and of great quality as you will expect plus the fact that Real Madrid finally managed to beat Oceano’s men last time they met. That could be a massive ace in Real Madrid’s hands psychologically who are clear favourites for this one.
– Predictions gents before we head into the stadium?
– 3-1 to Real Madrid.
– I will go for Bilbao 0 – 2 Real Madrid.
– Thank you gentleman. Now over to your commentators for today, Rob Palmer and Graham Hunter.
– Thank you Mark and Bilbao are here in the final once again. Can they win Graham?
– I don’t think so. I’ll have to go along with the boys in the studio, of which Figo still owes me an autograph by the way, and say a win for the favourites Real Madrid. Nevertheless we should be handed a very entertaining game.
– Yes and I’m sure Mark will chase Figo up on the autograph. The team sheets are in so let’s take a look….
– Many changes from both sides and already we can see which team has made optional changes and forced ones Graham.
– Yes and Madrid has certainly been given all to choose from. They’ve gone for something a little more inventive which in the past hasn’t gone down too well versus Bilbao. Benzema starts out on the wide left but you can expect to see him working as an inside forward onto his favoured right foot. Mesut Ozil is much the same, only he will join the midfield duo of Illarramendi and Casemiro. Ronaldo starts as a striker which we have seen before from Carlo Ancelotti and you can expect him to be given the free role here today.
– A lot of injuries for Bilbao to deal with, mainly defensively. How will they manage today?
– It’s very worrying for Bilbao with Aurtenetxe, Ekiza, Iturraspe, Monreal and Ramalho all injured against this Real Madrid side known for their attacking prowess. Iraola only just returns fit and slots in an unfamiliar left back role, Oier continues out of position at right back and 17 year old Rodolfo from the academy is brought in for the biggest game of his life. Further forward, Muniain is playing in a number 10 role. We usually find him out wide but like Ronaldo so he too should be given the free role as Ibai Gomez starts on the left.
– Many changes made from both sides. Interesting to see Barcelona fans here, no doubt they will be supporting Bilbao. It should add to the entertainment as the referee times his watch….. he gets the OK from his officials and we are off here at the Camp Nou!!!
– Asier Riesgo with the long boot upfield, Aduriz takes it down well and turns Dede as he bears down on goal! Dede catches up as Aduriz runs out of options. His cross is cleared by Ramos all the way up to Ronaldo!!! RONALDO RUSHING THROUGH ON GOAL!!! WIDE!!!
– That’s the danger! Nobody quite knows who should pick up Ronaldo and he gets a chance out of it. Riesgo closes his angle well however.
– Morata plays a pass to Ozil who finds RONALDOOOOOOOO!!!!! THIS TIME HE DOES SCORE!!!! REAL MADRID LEAD IN THE FINAL!!!
– A great ball by Ozil! That is what it was all about and after Ronaldo missed just seconds earlier, he was never going to miss from a similar position inside the area. Riesgo was given no chance!
– Marcelo plays a long ball up to Ronaldo. Morata’s run confuses the Bilbao defence as Ronaldo SHOOOOTS!!!
Wide of the target on his left peg.
– The 2nd half restarts here at the Camp Nou in a final largely dominated by Real Madrid.
– Ozil on the ball as he goes past Benat with ease, Still Ozil as he dribbles past another two and SHOOTS!!! TOP SAVE FROM RIESGO!!!
Corner for Madrid.
– Ozil whips it in for BENZEMA!!!! OFF THE LINE BY OIER!!!
– Very alert from Oier there and if you remember, a similar thing happen to Bilbao last season in which they could have been 2-0 up if it wasn’t for a goal line clearance by Pique, much like Oier’s. Could it be for Bilbao?
– Aduriz wins the header for Muniain. A one two between the pair as Muniain plays through IBAI GOMEZ!!!
Casillas rushes off his line brilliantly to deny Ibai Gomez.
– Two changes on the way for Athletic Bilbao. Benat is replaced by Jorge Espericueta as Kike Sola takes Aritz Aduriz’s position up front.
– Another substitution for Bilbao. The injured Susaeta is coming off for 17 year old striker Aritzol Angulo. Bilbao is going to give it their all in these final stages.
– Casemiro disposses Gomez, he plays a wonderful pass to Ozil! Ozil down the right flank he cuts in. OZIL!!!!! GAME OVER!!! REAL MADRID LEAD BY TWO!!!
– What a ball from Casemiro! Different class from Real Madrid and Ozil does very well to take on Iraola there and comfortably curl it into the bottom left corner.
– TIME IS OFFICIALLY UP!!! REAL MADRID ARE COPA DEL REY 2014 CHAMPIONS!!!
Athletic Bilbao 0 – 2 Real Madrid