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Muniain strikes as Athletic build European hopes

Published: Sunday 17 April 2011, 23.45CET
Athletic Club are well placed for a return to UEFA competition following a 2-1 defeat of CA Osasuna, while Levante UD extended their unbeaten run to eight matches.
Muniain strikes as Athletic build European hopes
Joaquín Caparrós's Athletic are in the running for a UEFA Europa League place ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 17 April 2011, 23.45CET

Muniain strikes as Athletic build European hopes

Athletic Club are well placed for a return to UEFA competition following a 2-1 defeat of CA Osasuna, while Levante UD extended their unbeaten run to eight matches.

Athletic Club enhanced their chances of playing UEFA Europa League next season with a 2-1 win at CA Osasuna on a day when fellow European hopefuls Club Atlético de Madrid drew with RCD Espanyol.

Having fallen behind to Kike Sola's effort (51), victory seemed beyond Athletic when defender Xabier Castillo was sent off soon after. However, Fernando Llorente equalised with 21 minutes remaining and, in added time, 18-year-old Iker Muniain struck his fourth Liga goal of the campaign.

That leaves Joaquín Caparrós's team in fifth, two points ahead of Sevilla FC, who lost to Getafe CF on Saturday, and Atlético. The Rojiblancos got off to a perfect start in Barcelona against Espanyol when Koke (2) profited from a loose clearance. Pablo Osvaldo and Sergio Agüero, with a deft chip, then traded goals before the former equalised on 58 minutes.

Levante UD, meanwhile, are up to ninth after an eighth game without defeat, a 2-1 home win against second-bottom Hércules CF, who are three points from safety. Elsewhere, RC Deportivo La Coruña eased their relegation fears, prevailing 2-0 at home to Real Racing Club, and Antoine Griezmann scored twice as Real Sociedad de Fútbol overcame Real Sporting de Gijón 2-1.

The 32nd round of Liga action concludes on Monday with the meeting of Villarreal CF and Real Zaragoza.

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Last updated: 17/04/11 23.43CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2010/11

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

17/04/2011

EspanyolEspanyol2-2AtléticoAtlético

Osvaldo 38, 58

Koke 2, Agüero 49

Venue: Barcelona

17/04/2011

OsasunaOsasuna1-2AthleticAthletic

Kike Sola 51

Llorente 69, Muniain 90

Venue: Pamplona

17/04/2011

LevanteLevante2-1HérculesHércules

Rubén Suárez 5, Juanlu Gómez 43

Trezeguet 82

Venue: Valencia

17/04/2011

DeportivoDeportivo2-0RacingRacing

Lassad 45+2, Xisco 49

Venue: La Coruna

17/04/2011

Real SociedadReal Sociedad2-1Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Griezmann 32, 79

De las Cuevas 69

Venue: San Sebastian

16/04/2011

Real MadridReal Madrid1-1BarcelonaBarcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo 82 (p)

Messi 53 (p)

Venue: Madrid

16/04/2011

AlmeríaAlmería0-3ValenciaValencia

Soldado 51, Stankevičius 67, Jordi Alba 81

Venue: Almeria

16/04/2011

GetafeGetafe1-0SevillaSevilla

Miku 76

Venue: Madrid

16/04/2011

MálagaMálaga3-0MallorcaMallorca

Fernández 26, Baptista 40, 57

Venue: Malaga

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