LONDON – Manchester United overcame an early deficit by beating Omonia Nicosia 3-2 in the Europa League on Thursday and began the healing process after an embarrassing derby loss in the Premier League.
Looking for some respite in Cyprus after a 6-3 loss to Manchester City on Sunday, United fell behind to a goal in the 34th minute on a counter-attack by Iranian striker Karim Ansarifard.
A second-half substitution made the difference for the United States. Marcus Rashford equalized in the 53rd with a curling shot from inside the area before he provided a fine flick to fellow substitute Anthony Martial, who clipped inside the near post in the 63rd.
Cristiano Ronaldo had a rare start for United and hit the post from close range before driving in a cross that Rashford converted for his second goal in the 84th.
Nicolas Panaghito replied for Omonia a minute later to ensure an end to the stalemate.
It was the second win in three Group E games for United, who are three points behind Real Sociedad – 2-0 winners over 10th-placed Sheriff Tiraspol. Sociedad has a maximum of nine points.
Ansarfard gave a silent celebration for his goal. It seemed to match Silent protest of Iranian players In recent times world cup The hot match in Austria is at a time when violent demonstrations are going on in Iran by government officials after the killing of a 22-year-old woman, Mehsa Amini. She was detained for wearing a mandatory headscarf.
In other results, PSV Eindhoven beat Zurich 5-1 in Group A, which also included Arsenal and Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt, who play in London later.
Lazio were held 0-0 by Austria’s SturmGriz in Group F, while Monaco and Red Star Belgrade won Group H games.
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West Ham secured a third successive win in their group as the English side beat Anderlecht 1-0 in a match between the teams who met in the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1976.
Italian striker Gianluca Scamocca scored the winner in the 79th minute.
FC Basel, AZ Alkmaar, Villarreal and Istanbul Basaksehir are the other teams that have won their first two games in the third-tier competition and are all in action.