Europa League Round: Manchester United win thanks to McTominay's late goal

Europa League Round: Manchester United win thanks to McTominay’s late goal

Scott McTominay scored deep into stoppage time to give Manchester United a 1-0 win over Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League on Thursday.

McTominay received a pass from fellow substitute Jadon Sancho and slotted the winner past Nigeria international goalkeeper Francis Uzuho at Old Trafford.

Uzoho has made some good saves for the Cypriot club, denying Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and others. Casemiro hit the crossbar in the first half.

Ronaldo made a rare start for United as he pressed his case in the Premier League to score in the opening game of the season after scoring the winner against Everton on Sunday. .

The Portugal forward has been overlooked since the appointment of manager Erik Ten Hague, who appears to want more mobility and pressure from his strikers, meaning Ronaldo has been used in Europe so far this season.

Despite the dominance, United failed to find the back of the net until McTominay scored to secure victory a week after they came from behind to beat Omonia 2-1.

United moved up to nine points, three behind leaders Real Sociedad, who blanked 10th-man Sheriff 3-0. Armal Zahoori was dismissed in the 25th minute due to a second yellow card.

Bokaio Saka scored and Arsenal beat Bodø/Glemt 1-0 in Norway to stay on course for a third straight Europa League win.

Saka scored the decisive goal for the Premier League leaders in the 24th minute through Sambi Lukonga.

Arsenal top Group A with nine points from three games – with PSV Eindhoven postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

PSV were second after thrashing Zurich 5-0.

Freiburg made it four wins from four by thrashing Nantes 4-0 to stay unbeaten and cement top spot in Group G with 12 points. Lukas Kübler, Wuyong Jeong and substitute Michael Grigoritch each had a goal for the Bundesliga club, with Moses Simon adding one of his own.

After Qarabag took the first point in a 0-0 draw by Olympiakos, Freiburg trailed by five points in the second. Nantes stay in three.

Real Betis failed to stay in Group C after being held 1-1 at home by Roma. Andrea Belotti salvaged a point for Jose Mourinho’s side with a second-half equalizer after a Sergio Canales shot had given the hosts a first-half lead. The Spanish team is leading the group with 10 points. Roma is in four games. Ludogorets beat HJK 2-0 to remain second in seven.

European Championship newcomers St. Gallius of Belgium drew 3-3 at home to Berga. Vitor Oliveira’s hat-trick put Braga 3-1 up but the hosts hit back with a second from Victor Boniface and another from Dante Vanziere. Union remain in Group D with 10 points.

Group F was tightly contested, with Feyenoord held 2-2 by Midtjylland while 10-man Lazio drew 2-2 with Sturm. All four teams have five points.

Ciro Immobile converted a penalty in the last minute of the first half for Lazio before team-mate Manuel Lazzari received a second yellow and was still sent off in stoppage time.

William Bowing equalized before Pedro Rodriguez put Lazio ahead but Bowing made it 2-2 with his second.

Fenerbahce won 2-1 at AEK Larnaca and Rennes beat Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 in Krakow, Poland for joint top of Group B with 10 points.

Europa Conference League

In the third-tier Europa Conference League, West Ham beat Anderlecht 2-1 to extend their perfect start to four wins in Group B.

Said Bennrahma scored from a free kick and Jarrod Bowen added another from 15 meters (yards). Sebastiano Esposito scores a late penalty for the Belgian club.

West Ham won 1-0 at Anderlecht last week. The teams met in the 1976 European Cup Winners’ Cup final, which Anderlecht won 4–2.

Also, Villarreal maintained their 100% record after a 1-0 win in Vienna, Austria. After Leach only held to a 1-1 draw with H. Beer-Sheva in their other Group C match, Bria secured Spain’s place in the round of 16 with two games to spare.

In Group E, Apollon Limassol beat AZ Alkmaar 1-0 for their first win, handing the Dutch club their first defeat after three wins.

Istanbul Basaksehir stayed top of Group A with a 3-0 home win over RFS. Fiorentina beat Scottish Hearts 5-1 to stay three points behind.

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