He Majorca and the Real society postponed their pass to the final of the Copa del Rey after a goalless draw this Tuesday in the first leg of the semi-finals held at the Estadi Mallorca Son Moix after a very close clash, with two very different sides and where dominance and the best chances were for those of Imanol Alguacil.
The Balearic team survived and managed to emerge unscathed from this first chapter to risk everything at the Reale Arena on February 27. The locals gave the initiative to the ‘txuri-urdines’ and although they had a couple of good chances, they were probably not as clear as those of the visitors, mainly personified by two by Umar Sadiq in front of the goal that if they had gone in they could have changed the script of this crossing.
The first 45 minutes were very typical of a double round tie. No one wanted to give excessive concessions to their rival and the opportunities, except in the final stretch, came in dribs and drabs, with the Real trying to carry the weight of the duel from the opening whistle and with Mallorca more withdrawn and looking to surprise in some transition.
Alguacil’s team, with Take Kubo back in the eleven after his return from the Asia Cup, had a hard time generating despite their good start, with a shot by Mikel Merino and a possible penalty on an active Ander Barrenetxea, but As the minutes passed, it clashed with the locals’ approach.who did not hesitate to take fouls to make their rival very uncomfortable.
However, heThe Vermillions also gave two serious warnings to Remiro, with a shot by Abdón Prats from a center by Dani Rodríguez that went close to the post and a shot by the latter arriving from the second line that ran into the head of Robin Le Normand when it could have generated more. La Real responded before the break with a header from Sadiq that went up after another action from ‘Barrene’.
The match opens and Sadiq forgives
But everything changed after passing through the locker room, which brought a more open duel and Javier Aguirre’s team emerged victorious, despite the fact that it was the one that had the first big chance, again with Abdón Prats as the protagonist, but who did not know how impale properly when he was in good position against Remiro. Without time for regrets, the ‘txuri urdin’ responded with a boarding school in Barrenetxea, whose center Sadiq failed to push with everything in his favor.
From thereReal Sociedad forgave its rival, who suffered from the attacks of Alguacil’s teamwho needed their Nigerian striker to be more successful. The African sent out with everything in his favor one of the few good actions of Take Kubo Immediately after, Greif put a good foot on the short post after a shot from Barrenetxea.
Seeing the turn the match was taking, Aguirre, who had already put Muriqi by Prats to look for solutions at the top and give more rhythm to the Kosovar, he put a more ‘conservative’ triple change (Morlanes, Antonio Sánchez and Radonjic for Darder, Dani Rodríguez and Larin) to give energy to his team for a final stretch where his rival lost some steam and could no longer cause any scare or find the goal that would give him the advantage for the return leg at the Reale Arena.
0 – RCD Mallorca: Greif; Giovanni González, Valjent, Nastasic, Copete, Costa; Darder (Morlanes, min.77), Samú (Mascarell, min.90), Dani Rodríguez (Antonio Sánchez, min.77); Larin (Radonjic, min.77) and Abdón (Muriqi, min.66).
0 – Royal Society: Remiro; Traoré, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Galán; Méndez, Merino (Turrientes, min.89), Zubimendi, Kubo (André Silva, min.78); Sadiq and Barrenetxea (Magunazelaia, min.89).
Referee: Muñiz Ruiz (C. Gallego). He cautioned Copete (min.47), Dani Rodríguez (min.68) and Jaume Costa (at the end of the match), for RCD Mallorca, and Zubeldia (min.55), Merino (min.80) and André Silva (min. .95), by the Royal Society.
Stadium: Mallorca Son Moix Stadium.