May 2, 2014 at 8pm UK at ‚ÄčEstadio Teresa Rivero
Rayo Vallecano
0-3
Athletic Bilbao

Joaquin (45'), Niguez (46'), Arbilla (50'), Castro (73')
FT(HT: 0-2)
San Jose (20'), de Marcos (32'), Herrera (74')
Aduriz (76')

Ernesto Valverde 'delighted' with top-four finish

Valverde 'delighted' with top-four finish
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Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde says that the club are "in heaven" after securing a top-four finish in La Liga.

Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde has revealed his delight following Friday's 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.

The result secured a top-four finish for the Basque outfit and a place in the Champions League next season.

"We took this as a final, and now we're in heaven. It is a great joy to see this team in the Champions League," he told reporters.

"We knew Rayo would come at us with intensity, so we wanted to start the match well. I thought we did that.

"For a team like Athletic to only be behind Atletico, Barcelona and Real Madrid is a triumph."

Bilbao have won 20 of their 36 league games this season.

Athletic Bilbao's defender Mikel San Jose celebrates with Athletic Bilbao's midfielder Ander Herrera and Athletic Bilbao's midfielder Mikel Rico after scoring during the Spanish league football match Rayo Vallecano vs Athletic de Bilbao at the Vallecas st
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