Europa League - Group J
Östersunds FK2Ath Bilbao2

Ostersunds FK 2-2 Athletic Bilbao

Ostersunds manager Graham Potter celebrates his team's second goal against Athletic Bilbao
Ostersunds manager Graham Potter has led his team to seven points from their opening three Europa League games

English midfielder Curtis Edwards struck a 20-yard volley as Swedish minnows Ostersunds drew with Spain's Athletic Bilbao to maintain their unbeaten start in the Europa League.

It was an eventful evening in the competition as Bilbao's Basque rivals Real Sociedad romped to a record away win - 6-0 at Macedonian side Vardar - while thick fog temporarily stopped the Group F match between Czech side Zlin and Danish visitors FC Copenhagen.

Ostersunds once again took the headlines, though, despite being denied a famous victory against the eight-time La Liga champions by Inaki Williams' 89th-minute equaliser.

Former Middlesbrough trainee Edwards, who moved to Sweden after playing for Northern League semi-professional side Thornaby, put Ostersunds within touching distance of a comeback win after Spain striker Aritz Aduriz had given the visitors the lead before half-time.

Ostersunds, managed by former Stoke and Birmingham full-back Graham Potter, levelled against the 2012 Europa League finalists through Salisu Abdullahi Gero after the break.

Edwards, 23, volleyed in shortly after as they looked set to preserve a 100% record at the halfway stage of Europe's secondary club competition.

But Williams tucked in Aduriz's square pass as Athletic avoided a sixth defeat in their past seven Europa League away games.

Despite being unable to clinch victory, the point puts Potter's side in a promising position to qualify for the knockout stage on their European debut.

Ostersunds were in the Swedish fourth tier when Potter took over in 2011 and have been promoted three times before winning the Swedish Cup and qualifying for Europe for the first time.

Athletic, who finished seventh in La Liga last season, are five points adrift of the group leaders after two draws and a defeat in their opening three games.

Sociedad hit six and Milan lose 100% winning start

Willian Jose scores for Real Sociedad
Willian Jose scored more goals in an hour against Vardar than he has netted in six La Liga games this season

Brazilian forward Willian Jose scored four times in the space of 25 minutes as Real Sociedad thrashed Vardar.

It was the biggest away win in Europa League history as Sociedad became only the fifth team to win by a six-goal margin in the competition.

Sociedad are second in Group L, three points behind Russian side Zenit St Petersburg, who beat Rosenborg to maintain their 100% start.

Seven-time European champions AC Milan were unable to clinch a third straight Group D win after failing to break down Greek side AEK Athens at the San Siro.

Milan coach Vincenzo Montella was hoping a victory would ease some of the pressure building on him following Sunday's 3-2 derby defeat by Inter - the Rossoneri's third straight defeat in Serie A.

Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev and Portugal's Braga also lost their 100% winning records.

Dynamo were held 2-2 by Swiss visitors Young Boys, while Braga were beaten 2-0 at home by Ludogorets.

Mario Balotelli opened the scoring for Nice when they hosted Lazio in a Group K match between two sides with 100% records.

But the Serie A side fought back to win 3-1 through goals from Felipe Caicedo - another former Manchester City striker - and a second-half brace by Serbian Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Germany's Hoffenheim earned their first European win at the fifth attempt, beating Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir 3-1.

Elsewhere, Steaua Bucharest beat Hapoel Beer Sheva to continue their 100% start and close in on the knockout phase.

Nothing to see at Zlin...

The Europa League match between Zlin and FC Copenhagen was suspended because of fog
Visibility became increasingly difficult in the second half of Zlin's match against FC Copenhagen

Thick fog temporarily stopped the Group F match between Czech side Zlin and Danish visitors FC Copenhagen.

The game was suspended with just under 20 minutes left because of thick fog in Olomouc with the score at 1-1.

Play resumed about 15 minutes later and neither side could find a winner.

The Europa League match between Zlin and FC Copenhagen was suspended because of fog
Referee Oliver Drachta stopped the game midway through the second half

Line-ups

Östersunds FK

  • 1Keita
  • 24MukiibiBooked at 6mins
  • 4Papagiannopoulos
  • 2Pettersson
  • 19Widgren
  • 22NouriSubstituted forMensahat 89'minutes
  • 12SemaBooked at 55mins
  • 21Bachirou
  • 17Edwards
  • 9Abdullahi GeroBooked at 72mins
  • 93Ghoddos

Substitutes

  • 8Hopcutt
  • 13Fritzson
  • 15Bjorkstrom
  • 18Andersson
  • 20Somi
  • 23Mensah
  • 80Arhin

Ath Bilbao

  • 13Herrerín
  • 15Lekue
  • 16Etxeita
  • 4Laporte
  • 24BalenziagaSubstituted forBóvedaat 45'minutes
  • 8Iturraspe
  • 21VesgaSubstituted forEtxebarriaat 77'minutes
  • 14Susaeta
  • 22García
  • 28CórdobaBooked at 24minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 66'minutes
  • 20Aduriz

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 2Bóveda
  • 7Etxebarria
  • 11Williams
  • 19Merino
  • 23Aketxe
  • 30Núñez
Referee:
Istvan Kovacs
Attendance:
7,870

Match Stats

Home TeamÖstersunds FKAway TeamAth Bilbao
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Östersunds FK 2, Athletic Club 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Östersunds FK 2, Athletic Club 2.

Hand ball by Raul García (Athletic Club).

Goal!

Goal! Östersunds FK 2, Athletic Club 2. Iñaki Williams (Athletic Club) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Aritz Aduriz.

Substitution

Substitution, Östersunds FK. Samuel Mensah replaces Brwa Nouri.

Foul by Saman Ghoddos (Östersunds FK).

Eneko Bóveda (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Athletic Club. Iñaki Williams tries a through ball, but Aritz Aduriz is caught offside.

Aly Keita (Östersunds FK) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club).

Corner, Athletic Club. Conceded by Tom Pettersson.

Attempt blocked. Markel Susaeta (Athletic Club) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Markel Susaeta (Athletic Club) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Xabier Etxeita with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Raul García (Athletic Club) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Markel Susaeta with a cross.

Foul by Sotiris Papagiannopoulos (Östersunds FK).

Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Östersunds FK. Conceded by Eneko Bóveda.

Corner, Östersunds FK. Conceded by Iago Herrerín.

Attempt saved. Fouad Bachirou (Östersunds FK) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Curtis Edwards.

Attempt saved. Saman Ghoddos (Östersunds FK) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fouad Bachirou.

Attempt missed. Saman Ghoddos (Östersunds FK) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Fouad Bachirou.

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Beñat Etxebarria replaces Mikel Vesga.

Attempt blocked. Mikel Vesga (Athletic Club) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aritz Aduriz.

Curtis Edwards (Östersunds FK) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Xabier Etxeita (Athletic Club).

Tom Pettersson (Östersunds FK) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Iñaki Williams (Athletic Club).

Booking

Alhaji Gero (Östersunds FK) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alhaji Gero (Östersunds FK).

Mikel Vesga (Athletic Club) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Athletic Club. Aymeric Laporte tries a through ball, but Aritz Aduriz is caught offside.

Offside, Athletic Club. Xabier Etxeita tries a through ball, but Iñaki Williams is caught offside.

Tom Pettersson (Östersunds FK) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club).

Substitution

Substitution, Athletic Club. Iñaki Williams replaces Iñigo Córdoba.

Goal!

Goal! Östersunds FK 2, Athletic Club 1. Curtis Edwards (Östersunds FK) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Saman Ghoddos.

Attempt saved. Saman Ghoddos (Östersunds FK) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alhaji Gero.

Attempt missed. Raul García (Athletic Club) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Tom Pettersson (Östersunds FK) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ronald Mukiibi with a headed pass.

Corner, Östersunds FK. Conceded by Iago Herrerín.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slavia Prague31204315
2Villarreal31205325
3FC Astana31116424
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv301205-51

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev32108537
2Young Boys30304403
3Partizan Belgrade302134-12
4Skenderbeu302124-22

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ludogorets32104137
2Sporting Braga32014406
3Hoffenheim31025503
4Istanbul Basaksehir301225-31

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1AC Milan32108357
2AEK Athens31204315
3HNK Rijeka31026603
4Austria Vienna3012410-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atalanta32107257
2Lyon31204315
3Apollon Limassol302146-22
4Everton301237-41

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow31204135
2FC Copenhagen30301103
3Sheriff Tiraspol30301103
4Zlín302114-32

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Steaua Bucharest33007259
2Viktoria Plzen310257-23
3Lugano310256-13
4Hapoel Be'er Sheva310246-23

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal33008359
2BATE Borisov311145-14
3Red Star Belgrade31112204
4Köln300315-40

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg32104137
2Marseille32013216
3Konyaspor310224-23
4Vitória Guimarães301235-21

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Östersunds FK32105237
2Zorya Luhansk32013306
3Ath Bilbao302123-12
4Hertha Berlin301213-21

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio33008359
2Nice32019456
3Vitesse301237-41
4SV Zulte Waregem301228-61

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg330011299
2Real Sociedad320111386
3Rosenborg310248-43
4Vardar3003114-130
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