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Athletic Bilbao secure 1-0 home victory over Getafe

Reuters, MADRID

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Iturraspe, left, vies for the ball with Getafe midfielder Angel Imanol Lafita during their game at San Mames Barria in Bilbao, Spain, on

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Athletic Bilbao remain on course for a place in Champions League qualifying after a Markel Susaeta strike secured a 1-0 win at home to Getafe in La Liga on Saturday that strengthened their grip on fourth place.

Susaeta cracked home a superb first-time shot five minutes before half-time at the San Mames Barria to put Bilbao nine points clear of fifth-placed Real Sociedad ahead of their Basque rivals’ match at UD Almeria set for today.

Getafe, who are winless in 14 La Liga outings stretching back to mid-December, are just above the drop zone in 17th on 28 points.

RCD Espanyol and Levante UD, who are in with a chance of a place in the Europa League, drew 0-0 at Espanyol’s Estadio Cornella-El Prat in Barcelona, while Granada pulled further away from danger with a 1-0 win at home to Elche.

Rayo Vallecano de Madrid, who appeared doomed to relegation a few weeks ago, drew 1-1 at fellow strugglers Real Valladolid and have now taken 10 points from their past four games.

In yesterday’s games, leaders Real Madrid were to take on Barcelona in the Clasico.

Real are top with 70 points, three ahead of city neighbors Atletico Madrid, who were to play at bottom side Real Betis Balompie.

Barca are a point behind Atletico in third place, 11 points ahead of Bilbao.

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