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United Wins on McTominay Late Goal, Arsenal Victorious in EL

October 14, 2022

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

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

Uzoho made some great 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 is pressing his case to get more minutes in the Premier League after scoring the winner against Everton on Sunday for his first open-play goal of the season.

The Portugal forward has been marginalized since the hiring of manager Erik ten Hag, who seems to want more mobility and pressing from his strikers, meaning Ronaldo has mostly been used in Europe so far this season.

Manchester United’s Scott McTominay, second left, scores the opening goal against Omonia during a group E Europa League soccer match between Manchester United and Omonia at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Despite dominating, United failed to find the back of the net until McTominay struck to ensure the victory a week after they had to come from behind to beat Omonia 2-1.

United improve to nine points, three behind leaders Real Sociedad who blanked 10-man Sheriff 3-0. Armel Zohouri was sent off in the 25th minute to his the second yellow card.

Bukayo Saka scored and Arsenal beat Bodø/Glimt 1-0 in Norway to stay perfect with its third straight Europa League victory.

Roma players react at the end of the Group C Europa League soccer match between Betis and Roma at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)

Saka was fed by Sambi Lokonga to net the decider for the Premier League leaders in the 24th minute.

Arsenal is atop Group A with nine points from three games — with a match against PSV Eindhoven postponed after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

PSV was second after routing Zurich 5-0.

Freiburg made it four wins from four by routing Nantes 4-0 away to also stay perfect and cement the top spot in Group G with 12 points. Lukas Kübler, Wooyeong Jeong and substitute Michael Gregoritsch had a goal each for the Bundesliga club with Moses Simon adding an own goal.

Qarabağ trails Freiburg by five points in second after it was held 0-0 by Olympiacos, which earned the first point. Nantes remains on three.

Braga’s Nuno Sequeira, right, is chased by Union SG’s Lazare Amani during the Europa League Group D soccer match between St. Gilloise and Braga at the Den Dreef Stadium in Leuven, Belgium, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Real Betis failed to stay perfect in Group C after it was held 1-1 at home by Roma. Andrea Belotti salvaged a point for Jose Mourinho’s team with a second-half equalizer after a deflected shot by Sergio Canales gave the hosts a first-half lead. The Spanish team dominates the group with 10 points. Roma is on four. Ludogorets beat HJK 2-0 to stay second on seven.

European competition newcomer Union St. Gilloise of Belgium drew 3-3 at home with Braga. Vitor Oliveira’s hat trick put Braga ahead 3-1 but the hosts came back with Victor Boniface’s second goal and another one from Dante Vanzeir. Union stays atop Group D with 10 points.

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

Fiorentina’s Cristiano Biraghi scores his side’s second goal during the Europa Conference League, group A soccer match between Fiorentina and Heart of Midlothian, at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

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

William Bøving equalized before Pedro Rodríguez restored Lazio’s lead but Bøving tied it at 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 a joint lead of Group B with 10 points.

Nantes supporters burn flares and hold flags during the Europa League soccer match between Nantes and SC Freiburg at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes, western France, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzalez)

EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE

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

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

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

Arsenal’s William Saliba, left, and Bodo/Glimt’s Ola Solbakken vie for the ball during the Europa League group A soccer match between Bodo Glimt and Arsenal at the Aspmyra stadium, in Bodo, Norway, Thursday Oct. 13, 2022. (Fredrik Varfjell/NTB Scanpix via AP)

Also, Villarreal kept its 100% record after a 1-0 win at Austria Vienna. After Lech only played to a 1-1 draw at H. Beer-Sheva in another Group C match, the victory earned the Spaniards a spot in the round of 16 with two games to go.

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

İstanbul Başakşehir remained atop Group A with a 3-0 home win aver RFS. Fiorentina routed Scottish Hearts 5-1 to stay three points behind.

 

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