Athletic Club strengthen European chances with win over Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid have slipped up in their bid to wrap up fourth place, losing to Athletic Club.

Diego Simeone‘s men could have all-but wrapped up fourth spot and Champions League qualification for next season.

But Real Betis will have the chance to move within a point of Atletico following their away defeat to Athletic Club.

Athletic Club, who are now withing a point of the final European position, currently occupied by Villarreal, took the lead thanks to a Mario Hermoso own goal.

And they did ride their luck at times, with Hector Herrera hitting the bar in the second half, though they doubled their lead within a minute, with Inaki Williams turning home a penalty.

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Athletic were rather controlled in their performance, allowing just three shots on target, and they have now given themselves a solid chance of European football.

They now have an easier run-in than Villarreal, but it must be noted that the Yellow Submarine have actually performed better against the better sides in La Liga this season.

Either way, it will be a very interesting run-in.

Source by Football Espana

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