Helsingborg, AIK, Hammarby and Häcken all made it through to the first round proper of the tournament.
Helsingborg, coached by Englishman Stuart Baxter, beat Drogheda of Ireland 3-0 Thursday night, and 4-1 on aggregate after the 1-1 draw in Ireland.
Two goals from Brazilian Wilton Figueiredo were enough for AIK of Stockholm to beat the Latvian side Metalurgs 2-0 to go through 4-3 on aggregate. AIK this week added to their growing South American contingent with the signing of Argentinian Pablo Monsalvo.
The unfancied second division side Häcken from Gothenburg beat Scotland’s Dunfermline 1-0 on the night, 2-1 on aggregate to book their place in the next phase of the Cup.
And high drama for Stockholm team Hammarby whose Uruguayan striker Sebastian Eguren scored a penalty in the last minute of the game against Norwegian side Fredrikstad. That goal made it 1-1, and 3-2 on aggregate, meaning four Swedish sides remain in the UEFA Cup.
In tennis, Swedish veteran Jonas Björkman crashed out of the US Open in New York, losing in 5 sets to British number one Andrew Murray on Thursday. At 20 years of age, Murray is fifteen years Björkman’s junior.
Better news for Sweden’s Thomas Johansson though - he’s through to the third round after a convincing victory over Chilean Nicolas Massu.