MATCHDAY: Athletic looks to move closer to European places

February 6, 2022 GMT
Athletic Bilbao players celebrate their victory over Real Madrid at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey quarter final soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Athletic Bilbao players celebrate their victory over Real Madrid at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey quarter final soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
Athletic Bilbao players celebrate their victory over Real Madrid at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey quarter final soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Athletic Bilbao players celebrate their victory over Real Madrid at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey quarter final soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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Athletic Bilbao players celebrate their victory over Real Madrid at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey quarter final soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Monday:

SPAIN

Athletic Bilbao tries to move closer to the European qualification spots when it hosts Espanyol in the Spanish league. A win will leave Athletic within a point of Basque Country rival Real Sociedad, which sits in sixth and in the final European League place. Athletic last week eliminated Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. It will host Valencia on Thursday in the first leg of the semifinals. Espanyol, sitting in 13th place in the league, is winless in its last four games in all competitions, including the last three in the league.

ITALY

Bottom of the Serie A table Salernitana hosts Spezia, which despite a minus-18 goal difference is comfortably above the drop zone thanks in large part to an unlikely three-game winning run in the league.

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