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Spanish duo snatch dramatic wins in Europa League

March 30, 2012

Athletic Bilbao's players celebrate after scoring a goal against Schalke 04 during their Europa League first leg quarter-final soccer match in Gelsenkirchen March 29, 2012. — Reuters picAthletic Bilbao's players celebrate after scoring a goal against Schalke 04 during their Europa League first leg quarter-final soccer match in Gelsenkirchen March 29, 2012. — Reuters picBERNE, March 30 —Athletic Bilbao, conquerors of Manchester United in the previous round, continued their Europa League run by scoring three times in the last 20 minutes to win their quarter-final first leg tie 4-2 at Schalke 04 yesterday.

Atletico Madrid also snatched a late win in a Spain-Germany clash, beating Hanover 96 2-1 with a delightful late goal by Eduardo Salvio.

Dutch league leaders AZ Alkmaar beat Valencia 2-1 and Sporting Lisbon beat Metalist Kharkiv by the same score in the other quarterfinal ties.

Raul and Fernando Llorente both scored twice each to leave Schalke and Athletic level at 2-2 before Oscar de Marcos and Iker Muniain netted in the last 10 minutes for Marcelo Bielsa's team. — Reuters

 

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