Athletic qualify for Europa knockouts

Second half goals from Aritz Aduriz and Raul Garcia gave Athletic Bilbao a 2-0 win in Zorya and ensured they progressed through their Europa League group.

After gaining only two points from their opening three group games, Jose Angel Ziganda’s side won three games on the bounce to ensure their progress to the last 32.

The game was evenly contested until the final twenty minutes when experienced striker Aduriz finally broke the deadlock as his header looped over Andriy Lunin.

Garcia made sure of the victory with only four minutes left on the clock as the home defence allowed him sufficient time and space to control the ball before firing home.

Ziganda’s side qualify from the group alongside Oestersunds, and join Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Real Sociedad in the knockouts.

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