English midfielder Curtis Edwards struck a 25-yard volley as Swedish minnows Ostersunds drew with Spain’s Athletic Bilbao to maintain their unbeaten start in the Europa League.
But the home side were 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.