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Villarreal warms up for Liverpool by clinching CL berth

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Villarreal warmed up for its decisive Europa League semifinal at Liverpool by clinching a berth in Europe's top competition on Sunday.

Villarreal's comfortable 2-0 win at regional rival Valencia guaranteed it will finish in fourth place in the Spanish league, giving the club a Champions League playoff spot next season.

The "Yellow Submarine" can now focus on earning a spot in this season's Europa League final. Villarreal heads to Anfield on Thursday for the second leg of the semifinal, a week after Adrian Lopez's stoppage-time goal gave it a slim 1-0 advantage in their tie.

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