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Spain and Portugal rule in Europa League

The Europa League semi-finals will feature three Spanish clubs and one side from Portugal after Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sporting progressed in Thursday's quarter-finals, second legs.

Trailing 4-2 from the first leg against Athletic Bilbao, Schalke put up a fight in Spain with goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on 29 minutes and Raul Gonzalez (52 minutes), but lost 6-4 on aggregate after an entertaining 2-2 draw. Ibai Gomez (41) and Markel Susaeta (55) were the Blibao scorers.

Valencia won 4-0 to complete a 5-2 aggregate win against AZ Alkmaar, courtesy of goals from French defender Adil Rami (pictured) on 15 and 17 minutes and further strikes from fellow defender Jordi Alba (56) and Pablo Hernandez (80).

Atletico Madrid won 2-1 against Hanover 96 in Germany for a 4-2 aggregate victory. Adrian Lopez (63) and Falcao (87) were on target for the Spanish side, with Mame Diouf (81) scoring for the home side.

Sporting drew 1-1 away to Metalist Kharkiv to secure a 3-2 triumph over two legs. Ricky Van Wolfswinkel gave Sporting a 1-0 lead on the night late in the first half, with Jonathan Cristaldo netting a second half equaliser.

Thursday's Europa League quarter-finals, second leg results:

Athletic Bilbao 2-2 Schalke 04 (agg 6-4)

Metalist Kharkiv 1-1 Sporting (agg 2-3)

Hannover 96 1-2 Atletico Madrid (agg 2-4)

Valencia 4-0 AZ Alkmaar (agg 5-2)


First legs - 19 April

Atletico Madrid v Valencia

Sporting v Athletic Bilbao

Second legs - 26 April

Valencia v Atletico Madrid

Athletic Bilbao v Sporting

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