Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal of the season for Manchester United on matchday two of the Europa League after a long wait. The English football record champion won 2-0 (2-0) against Moldova’s serial champion Sheriff Tiraspol, the Portuguese converted a penalty kick.
In Tiraspol, team manager Erik ten Hag’s side recovered easily from the 1-0 defeat in Group E at the hands of Real Sociedad San Sebastian. Ronaldo, who was mostly only used as a joker in the league, was again in the starting XI. Ex-Dortmunder Jadon Sancho (17th) put Manchester in the lead, Ronaldo scored the first Europa League goal of his career (39th).
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Meanwhile, German goalkeeper Alexander Nübel suffered a bitter 0-1 (0-0) defeat with AS Monaco in Group H against Ferencvaros Budapest. Balint Vecsei (79′) scored the golden goal for the Hungarians after the team from the principality had previously missed a number of great chances. The German coach Franco Foda lost with FC Zürich in Group A 1:2 (0:0) at FK Bodö/Glimt.
In Group F, the traditional Dutch club Feyenoord Rotterdam demolished the Austrian runners-up Sturm Graz 6-0 (4-0). The Italian Serie A club Lazio Rom surprisingly lost 1: 5 (0: 2) at the Danish representative FC Midtjylland. FC Nantes, opponents of Bundesliga club SC Freiburg in Group G, lost 0-3 (0-0) at Azerbaijan’s champions Qarabag Agdam.
Union Saint-Gilloise won the duel of the group opponents of Bundesliga leaders Union Berlin with Malmö FF 3: 2 (1: 1) and is now with the maximum haul of six points. A week after the riots on the fringes of the game against 1. FC Köln, OGC Nice took another point in the Conference League. The French came in Group D at Partizan Belgrade after taking the lead to a 1-1 (1-0).