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Athletic Bilbao came from behind to defeat third-division club Alcoyano

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As Athletic Bilbao came from behind to beat third-division team Alcoyano in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, Iñaki Williams scored a 78th-minute winner.

The victory extended Athletic’s streak to five straight wins, including retaining the Spanish Super Cup title over Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Ever since coach Marcelino García Toral took over at the start of the year, the Basque Country club has thrived.

After surprising Real Madrid in the round of 32, Alcoyano was hoping for a more upset. It opened the scoring in the 39th through Pablo Carbonell, but in the 53rd, Athletic recovered with goals from Asier Villalibre and William’s winner.

For the second straight season, Athletic will be competing in the quarterfinals. It reached the final last year against rival Real Sociedad of the Basque Country, but the match was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and was rescheduled in Seville for April 3.

The teams and the Spanish soccer federation decided to postpone the match until fans could return to the stadiums, but it will eventually be played at La Cartuja Stadium without attendance since the pandemic-related issues have yet to subside.

With four goals scored in the first 34 minutes, including one by seasoned striker Roberto Soldado, Granada cruised to a 6-0 rout of third-division team Navalcarnero.

Last year, Granada reached the semi-finals and lost to Athletic.

Navalcarnero, who was playing for the first time in the last 16, defeated first-division team Eibar in the 32nd round.

Barcelona, Real Betis, Sevilla, Villarreal, Levante, and second-division side Almería are the other teams that made it to the last eight.

Atlético Madrid was defeated by third-division team Cornellá in the second round.

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