Ronaldo scores first Europa League goal as Manchester United beat Sheriff

Ronaldo scores first Europa League goal as Manchester United beat Sheriff

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first Europa League goal of his career as Manchester United bounced back from their opening defeat in the second-tier competition with a 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday.

The Champions League record scorer converted from the spot after Jadon Sancho gave United a 1-0 lead in Moldova. It was the 37-year-old Ronaldo’s first goal of the season and his 699 goals in club competitions.

Failing to secure a move to the club in the Champions League – where he scored 141 goals – the Portugal striker had to settle for playing in the Europa League for the first time since 2002 with Sporting Lisbon.

Ronaldo was handed a second straight start at Old Trafford, including last week’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, after he was used as a substitute in United’s four consecutive Premier League wins. .

Last weekend’s Premier League games were postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Arsenal, the competition’s other favourites, postponed their match against PSV Eindhoven from Thursday until October 20 due to limited police resources in preparation for the Queen’s state funeral in London.

Although Chelsea’s Champions League game against Salzburg was underway on Wednesday, the visit of a large group of PSV fans from the Netherlands proved to be quite a challenge.

Feyenoord recorded their first win with a 6-0 thrashing of Sturm Graz, Freiburg won 3-0 at Olympiakos for their second win, and Monaco were beaten 1-0 at home by Ferencvaros of Hungary.

In the third-tier Europa Conference League, Ukrainian club Dnipro-1 recorded a 3-1 win at Apollon Limassol, and defeated Alkmaar Vaduz 4-1.

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Ronaldo hit his spot-kick straight, sending Sheriff goalkeeper Maxime Koval to his right six minutes from half-time. It was awarded after Patrick Copozzo brought down Diego Deloitte.

Sancho put United 1-0 up in the 17th after collecting a pass from Christian Eriksen on the edge of the area.

The match was moved from the small Sheriff Stadium in its isolated home region of Transnistria, which borders Ukraine, after UEFA banned Sheriff from playing this season following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

It was held in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, in the center of the country, at the Zembro Stadium.

In the same group, Real Sociedad needed substitute Alexandre Sorlot in the 80th minute to beat Omonia 2-1.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored twice for Feyenoord in Group F to go 4-0 up after the first half. The Iranian forward had his third disallowed after a video review.

David Hanko, Danilo Pereira, Santiago Gimenez and Osama Idris also scored for the Dutch club, who bounced back from a 4-2 defeat against Lazio in the previous round.

Also in Group F, Denmark’s Midtjylland beat Lazio 5-1.

Michael Grigoritch scored twice for Freiburg to move to six points in Group G where Qarabag beat Nantes 3-0 in Baku.

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Slavia Prague, whose stadium will host the final in May, twice came back from a goal down before Lukas Masopost scored the winner in a 3-2 win over Balkani, Kosovo’s first team. which reached the group stage of the UEFA competition.

Slavia top Group G with Sevaspor after the Turkish side won 1-0 in Cluj.

Alkmaar are dominant in Group E with two wins from two.

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