Valencia, Bilbao keep up pressure for Champions League berth

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Published 8:31 a.m. ET April 14, 2019 | Updated 7:16 p.m. ET April 14, 2019

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Valencia and Athletic Bilbao kept up their strong run of form on Sunday in the chase for the final Champions League spot in Spain.

With six rounds remaining, Sevilla is fourth in the league, which is the last berth for Europe’s top club competition.

Getafe is one point behind Sevilla after it salvaged a 2-2 draw at Valladolid despite playing with 10 men.

Valencia is sixth, three points behind Sevilla, after beating Levante 3-1 at its Mestalla Stadium, while seventh-placed Bilbao is six points adrift of Sevilla following its 3-2 victory at home over Rayo Vallecano.

“We knew that this was a fundamental match for us to keep fighting for our objective of the Champions League,” Santi Mina said after scoring his brace to lead Valencia to the derby win.

Valencia has lost just once in 14 rounds, reached the final of the Copa del Rey against Barcelona, and is in the Europa League quarterfinals. Bilbao, for its part, has only lost three times in 18 rounds since coach Gaizka Garitano took over in December.

“To be honest, I don’t keep track of the point differences to other teams,”…

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