Brazilian teenager Marquinhos marked his Arsenal debut by scoring the opener in a 2-1 Europa League group stage win over Zurich on Thursday.
Eddie Nectia scored the winner after Zürich equalized from the penalty awarded for his foul as Arsenal bounced back from a 3-1 defeat at Manchester United on Sunday – this season’s Premier League Their first defeat in
A minute’s silence was planned before the late game between Manchester United and Real Sociedad in the second-tier European competition to honor Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday aged 96.
Both teams wore black armbands and flags at Old Trafford were at half-mast.
Roma opened their campaign with a 2-1 defeat at Ludogorets in Bulgaria.
In the third-tier Europa Conference League, Villarreal beat Lech Poznan 4-3 while Fiorentina were held 1-1 at home by Latvian champions RFS.
The start of the EPL match between Nice and Cologne has been postponed due to clashes between supporters at the Allianz Riviera stadium. Kick-off was pushed back 55 minutes to 7:40pm local time due to crowd disturbances at Nice’s stadium.
The pair of Nectia and Marquinhos were involved in the decisive moments of Arsenal’s victory while United goalkeeper Matt Turner made his debut for the Gunners in Major League Soccer following a summer transfer from the New England Revolution.
Nectia found the back of the net with a second-half header that deflected a cross between the legs of Zurich goalkeeper Yank Bracher from Marquinhos, who joined Arsenal from Sao Paulo this summer.
In the London club’s return to European football after a one-year absence, 19-year-old Marquinhos headed a cross from Nektia into the top corner from the left and finished off a counter-attack in the 16th minute.
Despite Arsenal’s dominance, the hosts equalized a minute before the half-hour mark after Maryland sent Krizio Turner the wrong way from the spot.
In the same group, PSV Eindhoven drew 1-1 with Budo Glimt.
Brazilian forward Nonato scored the 30th winning goal for Bulgarian club Ludogorets.
After Jose Mourinho’s Roma won the Europa League last season, the coach is seeking his third Europa League title following his triumphs with Porto in 2003 and Manchester United in 2017.
Center forward Timmy Abraham was unavailable for Mourinho due to a shoulder problem.
Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to give Fenerbahce a 2-1 home win over Dynamo Kyiv.
Willian Jose converted a first-half penalty and later added another to give Real Betis a 2-0 win in Helsinki.
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Francis Coquelin scored a minute from time to seal the win for Villarreal.
Villarreal were in the Champions League semi-finals four months ago but settled for the Europa League after finishing seventh in Spain last season.
Elsewhere, Scottish Hearts were thumped 4-0 by Istanbul Basaksehir in Edinburgh and Fabio Silva’s late penalty gave Anderlecht a 1-0 win against Silkeborg.