Athletic Bilbao News
Athletic Bilbao are on 16 points, level with Barcelona, who are second and face Real Mallorca on Saturday night.
Athletic will have the option to buy Ander Herrera for the 2023-24 season.
Valencia will meet either Real Betis or Rayo Vallecano in the final in April.
This victory puts Barcelona back into fourth place, above Atletico Madrid and now only one point behind Real Betis, who have been dragged into the scrap after they lost 2-1 to Sevilla
Copa del Rey: Athletic Bilbao held by Valencia in 1st leg of semi-finals, Betis rally to beat Vallecano
Trying to make it to their third straight Copa del Rey final, Athletic Bilbao were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Valencia.
With Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla already out, Real Madrid were firm favourites to win the Copa del Rey.
Barca were hoping to join Real Madrid in the last eight but instead it is Athletic who advance, joining Madrid, Real Sociedad, Mallorca, Rayo Vallecano, Cadiz, Valencia and Real Betis in Friday's draw for the last eight.
Luka Modric goal and a Karim Benzema penalty secured a comfortable victory for Real Madrid.
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid close in on title but criticism remains of Saudi Arabia's 'image-washing'
Marcelino's team will be the underdogs this weekend given they sit ninth in LaLiga, 21 points behind leaders Real Madrid.
Nico's goal secured a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Atlético Madrid on Thursday and sent Athletic Bilbao into its second consecutive Spanish Super Cup final.
Suarez had gone 10 games without a goal for club and country, a drought that stretched back to Atletico's draw with Valencia on 7 November.
Benzema's 14th and 15th goals of the season consolidated his position at the top of the league's goalscoring chart.
The Premier League's top teams are all in action with the feature attraction being Steven Gerrard's return to Anfield as manager of Aston Villa.
The detractors reiterated their position in a letter sent to fellow league members, calling it "ruinous for Spanish football and, besides, with serious irregularities."
LaLiga: Karim Benzema helps Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao, solidify themselves at top of the table
Benzema's 20th goal in 24 games this season proved the difference in a 1-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu that puts Madrid firmly in charge of the Spanish title race, even after only 15 games played.
Athletic Club are one of just three teams never to have been relegated from LaLiga, along with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Just as Real Sociedad were contemplating opening a three-point advantage over Real Madrid and Sevilla at the top, Athletic Bilbao levelled in stoppage time
Bilbao jumped into sixth place with the victory, just ahead of Barcelona, before the rest of the round this weekend.
Atlético Madrid try to end a two-game winless streak when they visit struggling Getafe in LaLiga.
LaLiga: Joao Felix sent off as Athletic Bilbao hold Atletico Madrid; Radamel Falcao nets in Rayo debut
LaLiga's reigning champions have now drawn two and won three of their opening five games while Athletic continue their impressive start under Marcelino Garcia Toral, whose side also drew with Barcelona last month.