Thursday 22 August 2019

WATCH: Swedish minnows Ostersund invade broadcast panel after advancing to Europa League knockout stages

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Swedish underdogs Ostersund joined the likes of AC Milan, Nice and Villarreal in the last 32 of the Europa League as the make-up of the competition's knockout stage began to take shape.

Ostersund, managed by Englishman Graham Potter, were among the more surprising names to seal their spot with a game to go after beating Zorya 2-0 to make it three games unbeaten at home in Group J.

They received a helping hand through Dmytro Grechyshkin's own goal, but Saman Ghoddos ensured they did not lean too heavily on that slice of fortune.

Milan romped to a 5-1 win over Austria Vienna to top Group D.

They conceded an early goal at the San Siro but hit back through Ricardo Rodriguez and braces from Patrick Cutrone and Andre Silva.

Mario Balotelli continued his impressive season by netting twice for Nice in their 3-1 defeat of Zulte Waregem.

The Italian striker opened the scoring from the spot before doubling his side's lead, with Brian Hamalainen and Adrien Tameze's late efforts cancelling each other out.

Nice join already-qualified Lazio in progressing from Group K, as the Italians drew 1-1 against Vitesse Arnhem.

Villarreal confirmed top spot in Group A in the early kick-off with a 3-2 victory at Astana.

Cedric Bakambu helped himself to a brace as Javier Calleja's men ended the Kazakh side's 17-game unbeaten run on home soil.

Real Sociedad joined their compatriots in the draw, Mikel Oyarzabal's last-gasp finish putting away Rosenborg 1-0 and taking them out of Group L alongside leaders Zenit St Petersburg.

The Russians made it four wins out of five with a 2-1 success over Vardar.

Atalanta and Lyon take the top two slots from Group E.

The Serie A side embarrassed managerless Everton 5-1 at Goodison Park, with braces from Bryan Cristante and Andreas Cornelius.

Robin Gosens also hit the mark, while Sandro Ramirez's first goal for the Toffees barely lessened their pain.

Lyon were just as dominant at home to Apollon Limassol, with Mouctar Diakhaby, Nabil Fekir, Mariano Diaz and Myziane Maolida sealing a 4-0 win.

Salzburg also did the job in style, picking off Vitoria Guimaraes 3-0 to secure the Group I summit.

Munas Dabbur, Andreas Ulmer and Hwang Hee-chan scored against the Portuguese, who needed to win to keep alive any hopes of their own.

Braga made their way out of Group C after their 3-1 victory over Hoffenheim.

Fransergio scored twice with the score tied at 1-1 to usher them to first place ahead of Ludogorets, who were defeated 2-1 by Basaksehir.

Partizan Belgrade joined Dynamo Kyiv in successfully negotiating Group B, finishing the job with a 2-1 win over Young Boys.

Arsenal were surprised 1-0 by the Bundesliga's bottom side Cologne but will still finish as winners of Group H after BATE Borisov's 0-0 draw with Red Star Belgrade.

Arsene Wenger's side would have expected better against the worst defence in Germany but Sehrou Guirassy's 62nd-minute penalty was the only goal.

Athletic Bilbao remain second in Group J heading into the final round of fixtures after ousting Hertha Berlin from the reckoning with a 3-2 win.

Aritz Aduriz bagged a pair of penalties to draw the Spaniards level twice, with Inaki popping up with the winner after 82 minutes.

Marseille rescued a 1-1 draw at Konyaspor, levelling after Jordan Amavi's red card put them down to 10 men. FC Sheriff moved top of Group F with a 1-0 win over Zlin, ahead of Lokomotiv Moscow who were 2-1 victors over FC Copenhagen 2-1.

Viktoria Plzen defeated Steaua Bucharest, who were already through in Group G, 2-0.

Lugano were 1-0 winners over Hapoel Beer-Sheva, whose compatriots Maccabi Tel-Aviv lost 2-0 to Slavia Prague.

Dynamo Kyiv were already through before their entertaining 3-2 loss at Skenderbeu, while AEK Athens and Rijeka shared the points in a 2-2 draw.

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