Fernando Llorente’s goal in the 88th minute sent Athletic Bilbao into the Europa League soccer final against Spanish rival Atletico Madrid.
Athletic Bilbao rallied to beat Schalke 4-2 in their Europa League quarterfinal opener, as Atletico Madrid, AZ Alkmaar and Sporting Lisbon also won.
Athletic Bilbao, which eliminated Manchester United, will play Schalke in the quarterfinals of soccer’s Europa League.
Athletic Bilbao beat Manchester United 2-1 to knock the English Premier League leader out of soccer’s Champions League.
Atletico Madrid is trying to put one over soccer’s establishment, again.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the FIFA world soccer player of the year, was banned for three Spanish league games after making a gesture when he was ejected in a match at Athletic Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao rallied for a 4-2 win at Schalke in their Europa League soccer quarterfinal opener, while Atletico Madrid, AZ Alkmaar and Sporting Lisbon all won 2-1.
The Spanish trio of Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Valencia advanced to the Europa League soccer semifinals, where they’ll be joined by Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon.
Real Madrid and Barcelona, soccer’s richest clubs by sales, are among seven Spanish teams facing a formal probe by the European Union over possible illegal state aid, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said.