Europa League: Arsenal Survive Scare, Dortmund Advance

Arsenal squeezed into the last 16 of the Europa League despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat by Ostersunds on Thursday.

Swedish minnows Ostersunds were given hope of a sensational comeback after two quickfire first-half goals, but Sead Kolasinac scored immediately after the restart to see Arsene Wenger’s men hold on for a 4-2 win on aggregate.

The night’s round of action was marred by violent clashes in the match between between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow which left a police officer dead.

Bilbao progressed 4-3 on aggregate despite a 2-1 loss on the night, but a Basque police officer died as security forces clashed with fans of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Spain’s Basque country.

Elsewhere, Marcel Schmelzer’s late equaliser saw Borussia Dortmund grab a 1-1 draw at Atalanta to edge into the next round.

Michy Batshuayi’s double had brought Dortmund back from 2-1 down to win last week’s home game 3-2, and Schmelzer struck seven minutes from time on Thursday to see the German giants scrape into Friday’s draw.

The game was also marred by allegations of racism, with Belgian striker Batshuayi taking to Twitter to express his displeasure: “2018 and still racists monkey noises in the stands… really? hope you have fun watching the rest of @EuropaLeague on TV while we are through… #SayNoToRacism. #GoWatchBlackPanther,” he wrote.

Earlier, Serie A leaders Napoli beat RB Leipzig 2-0 in Germany but their first-leg 3-1 reverse proved too much to overturn.

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