La Liga: Osasuna move into European places after beating Athletic Club

Osasuna climbed to seventh place in La Liga after securing a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao at El Sadar Stadium.

Osasuna climbed to seventh place in La Liga after securing a 2-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao at El Sadar Stadium.

The Pamplona-based club reprised their win over the side they eliminated in the Copa del Rey semifinals, courtesy of second-half goals from Ante Budimir and Lucas Torro on Thursday.

Budimir netted a free header in the 49th minute following a cross from the right, while Torro slid the ball into the net after a splendid assist from Aimar Oroz with just over 15 minutes remaining.

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Athletic may have had more scoring opportunities than Osasuna, but they were repeatedly thwarted by home goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez in the gripping match. This win elevates Osasuna into a position that could see them compete in next season’s Conference League.

In another match on Thursday, Mallorca defeated Valencia 1-0, thanks to a header from Vedat Muriqi in the 63rd minute, following a superb cross from Lee Kang-in.

The result dispels any lingering uncertainty Mallorca had regarding their top-flight status, while Valencia remains 13th in La Liga, just two points above Valladolid, who currently hold the last relegation spot.

Valencia’s subsequent match is a home encounter against second-from-bottom Espanyol, a game set to be crucial for both teams.

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