97 years since the tenth Cup
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97 years since the tenth Cup

On May 13, 1923, Athletic won its tenth Cup title after winning the final against EC Europe by 1-0

97 years since the tenth Cup
97 years since the tenth Cup
May 13, 2020

On this day, but in 1923, Athletic beat CE Europa by 1-0 in the final at Les Corts (Barcelona), winning its tenth Cup title. The goal scored by Manuel López ‘Travieso’ in the 30th minute was enough for Athletic to lift the trophy.

The Cup competition was celebrating its 21st edition and Athletic Club had already faced Real Madrid CF in the quarter-finals and Real Sociedad in the semi-finals. The Cup was contested by the winners of the eight regional tournaments held in Spain during the 1922-23 season and was played in two rounds of double matches with the matches decided by draw. If there was a tie in the number of victories between any of the participants, a tie-breaking match was played on a neutral field.

The first leg of the quarter-final against Real Madrid was played at Santiago Bernabéu. Frederick Pentland’s team won 1-3 thanks to Sesumaga’s hat-trick. The second leg at San Mamés ended with a comfortable 5-0 win for the hosts who advanced to the semi-finals.

The first semi-final match against Real Sociedad was played at home, at Atotxa. The red-and-white team drew 0-0. The semi-finals would be decided a week later at San Mamés, where the team led by Pentland won 2-0 and advanced to the final, which they would later win against CE Europa.