Europa League Round-Up: United Thrash Sherriff Tiraspol Two-Nil Away, Roma, West Ham Win - Matrix Live Ng
Europa League Round-Up: United Thrash Sherriff Tiraspol Two-Nil Away, Roma, West Ham Win
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Europa League Round-Up: United Thrash Sherriff Tiraspol Two-Nil Away, Roma, West Ham Win

Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo were both on target as Man Utd bounced back from Real Sociedad’s defeat and moved up to second in Europa League Group E behind Sociedad.

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Jadon Sancho produced the perfect response to being left out of the England squad as he scored in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Sheriff Tiraspol to help get their Europa League campaign up and running.

After losing their opening Group E game to Real Sociedad 1-0 last Thursday at Old Trafford, it was vital United bounced back in Moldova and first-half goals from Sancho (17) and Cristiano Ronaldo (39) ensured they did just that.

Sancho finished off a fine move with a scuffed effort on his left after Christian Eriksen’s reverse pass before Ronaldo scored the 699th goal of his club career – and first of the season – from the penalty spot on a comfortable evening for Erik ten Hag’s side.

“Ronaldo needed that goal,” Ten Hag told MUTV. “Many times, he came close, but he wanted that so much. We are happy for him and the team wanted to bring him a goal. You know that Cristiano will score a penalty.”

The win – United’s third in a row on the road – moves the Premier League side up to second in the group behind Sociedad, while Sheriff drop to third but are level with United on three points.

United will next face Neil Lennon’s Omonia from Cyprus in the competition after the international break on October 6

Roma bounced back from last week’s defeat to Ludogorets Razgrad to comfortably beat Finnish outfit HJK 3-0.

Jose Mourinho’s side were given a boost in the 15th minute when Miro Tenho was sent off for bringing down Andrea Belotti as the last defender.

However, it took the arrival of Paulo Dybala to break the deadlock, the Argentine forward netting a minute after his introduction at halftime. Lorenzo Pellegrini had Roma 2-0 up by the 49th minute before new signing Andrea Belotti scored his first goal for the club.

In the Europa Conference League, West Ham overcame an early scare to run out comfortable victors in their clash with Danish side Silkeborg.

Kasper Kusck had given the hosts a fifth-minute lead by converting Lukas Engel’s cross, but Manuel Lanzini equalised with a penalty after Maxwell Cornet fell under Tobias Salquist’s challenge.

The Hammers were ahead midway through the first half when Gianluca Scamacca struck from 20 yards and it was 3-1 soon after as Craig Dawson bundled in Aaron Cresswell’s corner.

Silkeborg did pull one back in the second half as Soren Tengstedt fired in after an Alphonse Areola save, but West Ham held on to make it two wins from two.


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