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Huesca defend Ruben Semedo loan with defender awaiting attempted murder trial

Huesca sporting director Emilio Vega said the loan of Ruben Semedo is 'a good deal for us in every sense'
Huesca sporting director Emilio Vega said the loan of Ruben Semedo is 'a good deal for us in every sense.'

Huesca have defended their loan signing of Ruben Semedo despite the defender awaiting trial on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and robbery.

The newly promoted La Liga club said they have no intention of monitoring Semedo's behaviour off the pitch and waved away concerns over his fitness by saying the 24-year-old "played a few games in prison."

Semedo joined Huesca on a season-long loan from Villarreal just one week after his parent club confirmed the player had been released from...

Tiny Huesca earn historic first promotion to play in La Liga

MADRID -- Huesca will play in La Liga for the first time in the club's history next season.

The small club from northeastern Spain secured the historic promotion by beating Lugo 2-0 on Monday.

The victory guaranteed Huesca at least second place with two matches left in the 22-team Segunda division.

Huesca came close to making it to the first division last season but they were eliminated in the promotion playoffs.

They have been in the second division since 2015.

"We fought hard for this, it's well-deserved,"...

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Copa del Rey: Real Sociedad, Alaves, Athletic Bilbao all record wins

Raul Garcia's brace helped Athletic Bilbao win.

Real Sociedad will take an advantage into their home leg of the Copa del Rey fourth round after winning 3-1 at Real Valladolid on Thursday.

The Primera Division side took the lead on six minutes when Inigo Martinez scored following a a corner, but Valladolid soon equalised through Jaime Mata's penalty.

But Juanmi's second-half brace ensured Sociedad will enjoy a two-goal edge in the second leg.

Alaves also have a large advantage after a 3-0 victory at Gimnastic, Gaizka Toquero...

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Atletico Madrid and Villarreal win to reach round of 16 of Copa del Rey

Atletico celebrate Thomas' goal that put them on their way to victory on Thursday.

Atletico Madrid defeated third-tier side Reus 1-0 on Thursday, comfortably advancing to the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey 3-1 on aggregate.

Manager Diego Simeone rested several regular starters ahead of Sunday's match at Malaga in La Liga, where the club are level on 35 points at the top of the standings with Barcelona.

Fernando Torres and Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion were among the starting XI at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Thursday, though Torres again failed in his attempt to score his...

Copa del Rey: Barca score eight goals vs. Huesca, Valencia advance

Pedro scored for Barcelona in their victory over Huesca.

Pedro scored a hat-trick as Barcelona barely broke a sweat moving into the last-16 of the Copa del Rey with a crushing 8-1 win over Huesca.

The Spain international had netted in the 4-0 first-leg win and added three more alongside strikes from Sergi Roberto and Andres Iniesta as Barca went 5-0 up at the break.

Adriano, Adama and Sandro made it eight in the second half and while Carlos Hernandez grabbed a late consolation, Barca swatted aside the third-tier outfit 12-1 on aggregate.

Valencia...