Ostersunds XI against Arsenal. Ronald Mukiib is standing second from left
UEFA Europa League (Round of 32):
  • Arsenal 1-2 Ostersunds FK

*Arsenal progresses to round of 16 after winning 4-2 on aggregrate

 Ugandan born defender Ronald Mukiibi played 72 minutes for Swedish side Ostersunds FK during their 2-1 UEFA Europa round of 32 victory on the road to Arsenal at the Emirates stadium on Thursday night.
Ostersunds FK XI against Arsenal. Ronald Mukiib is standing second from left
The visitors scored two quick goals in  the first 70 seconds as the game kicked off to send a half-empty terraces into panic.
A Calum Chambers deflected Hosam Aiesh for the own goal and a neat finish from Ken Sema had Graham Potter’s side two goals up at half-time – and the hosts were jeered off by a restless, if reduced, crowd.

Sead Kolasinac thumped home a response early in the second half to mark his first start since New Year’s Eve with a vital goal.

Kolasinac controlled and quickly thrashed home with his right after Mukiibi fluffed his lines trying to clear Hector Bellerin’s cross.

[/media-credit] Sead Kolasinac shoots for Arsenal’s goal as Mukiibi attempts to block

Arsenal progressed 4-2 on aggregate having won 3-0 at the Jamtkraft Arena in the first leg of this round of 32 Europa League last Thursday under freezing conditions (played in -4C temperatures on a 4G plastic pitch).

Nacho Monreal, Sotirios Papagiannopoulos and Mesut Ozil scored during the victory for Arsenal on the road in Sweden.

Late last year, Östersund condemned Zorya to a 2-0 loss at Arena L’viv in Ukraine to become to attain their first win in a European competition.

Ronald Mukiibi (shirt 24) in action against Arsenal
Ostersunds players celebrate their second goal. Mukiibi (right) joined in the celebrations

Saman Ghoddos and Alhaji Gero’s goals inspired the club to become the first Swedish side to win a UEFA game in Ukraine.

Arsenal thus qualifies to the round of 16 stage.

There are no seeds for this stage of the competition, meaning that when the draw takes place at Uefa’s headquarters in Nyon on Friday.

Remaining opponents:

  • AC Milan (Italy)??
  • Athletic Bilbao (Spain)
  • Atletico Madrid (Spain)
  • CSKA Moscow (Russia)
  • Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
  • Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Lazio (Italy)
  • Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia)
  • Lyon (France)
  • Marseille (France)
  • Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic)
  • RB Leipzig (Germany)
  • RB Salzburg (Austria)
  • Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
  • Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia)

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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