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Betis defeat ensures Champions League qualification for Valencia

Reuters , Saturday 5 May 2018
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Atletico Madrid's Uruguyan defender Jose Gimenez (C) vies with Real Betis' Algerian defender Aissa Mandi (R) during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Betis at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on April 22, 2018. (AFP)

Valencia's place in next season’s Champions League was confirmed when fifth-placed Real Betis were defeated 2-0 by Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Saturday.

Valencia, who have not played in Europe’s premier club competition since 2015, are now assured of a top-four finish and will qualify for the group-stage draw along with champions Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

Valencia were playing at coach Marcelino’s former club Villarreal later on Saturday.

Second-half strikes from Iker Muniain and Artiz Aduriz helped Athletic to move up to 13th on 43 points, while Betis remain in fifth with 59, eight behind Valencia and having played a game more.

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