Malaga join Valencia in third

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Updated: March 25, 2012

Malaga boosted their chances of securing a lucrative place in next season’s Champions League when they came from a goal down to win 2-1 at Espanyol and draw level on points with third-placed Valencia.

The victory lifted the Andalusians, one of Europe’s biggest spenders in recent seasons, into Spain’s fourth Champions League qualification place above Levante, who were beaten 2-0 at home to Osasuna who are also in the running.

Athletic Bilbao are 10th on 38 points after they conceded a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at home to Gijon, while Zaragoza secured a last-minute penalty to beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 and maintain their prospects of avoiding relegation from the Spanish league.