Apr 14, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​San Mames
Athletic Bilbao
3-0
Malaga
Aduriz (4', 46'), Herrera (62')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Perez (42'), Welington (45'), Juanmi (58'), Iakovenko (82')

Ernesto Valverde: 'Malaga clash is key'

Athletic Bilbao's forward Aritz Aduriz celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Levante UD vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium in Valencia on April 7, 2014
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Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde says that tonight's La Liga clash against Malaga is "key" to their Champions League hopes.

Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde has admitted that his side cannot afford to lose tonight's La Liga clash with Malaga as Sevilla continue to push the Basque outfit for fourth position.

As it stands, Bilbao sit in the final Champions League position on 59 points, but they are just three points ahead of fifth-place Sevilla, who beat Real Betis 2-0 at the weekend.

"The other two home games are no doubt important but the key is this game," Valverde told reporters at a pre-match press conference.

Bilbao have won 17 of their 32 league games this season, but face a Malaga side that has eased their relegation troubles in recent weeks with three wins from their last four matches.

Athletic Bilbao's midfielder and captain Carlos Gurpegi celebrates with teammates his team's fourth goal during the Spanish league football match Athletic Club Bilbao vs Granada CF at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on February 28, 2014
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