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Thursday November 22 2012
Athletic Bilbao out of Europa League

Athletic Bilbao have been knocked out of the Europa League, despite their game with Kiryat Shmona being postponed.

UEFA felt it unsafe for Marcelo Bielsa's side to travel to Israel due to the ongoing hostilities in the country.

But despite their match not going ahead, the San Mames side have still been eliminated from the competition.

Sparta Prague and Olympique Lyonnais drew 1-1 in the Czech capital, which means with two games remaining the Basque club can only get a maximum of seven points, whereas Vitezslav Lavcika's men are currently second in the group with eight points.

Athletic are so far the only Spanish club in European competition to fall at the group stages, as all four Champions League participants have qualified, whilst Levante made it through with a win over Helsingborgs in the Europa League.

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