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Victorious Athletic tighten their grip on fourth place

AP, BILBAO, Spain

Athletic Bilbao’s Aritz Aduriz, right, heads the ball to score past Malaga’s Roque Santa Cruz, center, in their La Liga match at the San Mames Barria in Bilbao, Spain, on Monday.

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Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz scored goals at the start of each half to help the Basque club beat Malaga 3-0 on Monday, strengthening their hold on Spain’s final UEFA Champions League berth.

Bilbao dominated the one-sided match at the San Mames Barria, with Malaga never able to counter the hosts’ up-tempo attack.

Aduriz took his first goal four minutes in when he shook his marker to head in Markel Susaeta’s corner-kick at the near post.

Aduriz tapped in another Susaeta pass seconds after halftime, before Ander Herrera hit from long range in the 62nd minute.

Aduriz’s double increased his team-leading tally to 15 goals in the league this season.

The win restored Bilbao’s hold on fourth place. Sevilla were left six points behind with five matches left to play.

“We are satisfied because we needed to take these three points,” Aduriz said. “There are still many points in play and we need to earn as many as we can because other teams are coming on strong behind us.”

Malaga remained in 11th place, seven points above the relegation zone.

Atletico Madrid lead La Liga by three points over Real Madrid, with Barcelona another point behind.

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