Europa League

Athletic Bilbao 1 - Östersunds 0

Athletic: Herrerín; Lekue, Unai Nuñez, Laporte, Balenziaga; Iturraspe, San José (Susaeta 62‘); Williams (Mikel Rico 73‘), Raúl García (Aketxe 87’), Córdoba; Aduriz. 4-2-3-1.
Östersunds: Keita; Mukiibi, Papagiannopoulos, Pettersson; Edwards, Brwa Nouri (Aiesh 79’), Fouda Bachirou, Widgren (Somi 79’); Ghoddos, Gero (Hopcutt 73’), Ken Sema. 3-4-3.

1-0. 70. Aduríz. Headed ball back in to net after Raúl García shot came off bar.

Yellow cards: Lekue 16’, Balenziaga 64’, Unai Nuñez 67’, 89’, Mukiibi 81’, Susaeta 84’ / red cards: Unai Nuñez 89’.

Athletic Bilbao kept their hopes of qualifying alive with a 1-0 victory over leaders Östersunds, the result taking them to third, just two points below the Swedish side in what is now a very tight group. Ziganda’s team were on top throughout, but once again they found it hard to finish off their moves, Keita saving from Williams and Aduríz before the break, and Raúl García missing a couple of chances after the restart. With twenty minutes to go though Aduríz finally made the breakthrough, heading past the visiting keeper after Raúl García’s shot came back off the bar, and although Unai Ñunez was sent off, Athletic held on for a much needed win.