Arsenal win in Europa League when McTominay rescues Man Utd



Arsenal maintained their perfect start to the Europa League when Bukayo Saka’s goal secured a 1-0 win at Bodo/Glimt, while Manchester United came on late to beat Omonia Nicosia.

Saka scored midway through the first half in Norway to give the Gunners a third win in as many Group A outings.

“I am very happy with the victory against a team that has won the last 14 games here at home,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told BT Sport.

“We were expecting a really tough night here and we made a lot of changes again, but I’m delighted to find a way to win.”

Arsenal are two points clear of PSV Eindhoven, who thrashed FC Zurich 5-0. Bodo/Glimt have four points from four games.

Scott McTominay saved United’s blushes with a 93rd-minute goal in a 1-0 win over Cypriot side Omonia at Old Trafford.

Omonia goalkeeper Francis Uzoho made a series of fine saves to frustrate a spendthrift United before the Scottish midfielder fired on goal in stoppage time.

“You have to be patient sometimes. Their goalkeeper was of a different class but we created enough chances and deserved to score at the end,” McTominay told BT Sport.

“It’s a big goal because we need to win the group.”

Erik ten Hag’s side fell three points behind Group E leaders Real Sociedad, who beat 10-man Sheriff Tiraspol 3-0 to record their fourth successive victory.

La Real is guaranteed advancement. They host United on November 3 in a clash that is likely to determine which team goes straight to the round of 16.

Each of the eight group runners-up will face a team relegated from the Champions League in a round of 16 tie in February.

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Betis loses the perfect record

Real Betis lost their first points of the competition after a 1-1 draw at home to Roma in Group C as they missed out on a chance to secure a place in the round of 16.

Sergio Canales put Betis ahead in the 34th minute but Andrea Belotti equalized for Roma, who remain third in the section behind Ludogorets. The Bulgarians won 2-0 at home against HJK Helsinki.

Freiburg cruised to a fourth straight victory in Group G, piling on more misery at Nantes with a 4-0 win against the Coupe de France champions.

Both Fenerbahce and Rennes ensured they will advance from Group B. Fenerbahce won 2-1 at AEK Larnaca, while Rennes defeated Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 in Krakow.

Belgium’s Union Saint-Gilloise must hope to secure a place in the round of 16 despite coming from two goals down in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Braga.

Union Berlin reignited their hopes in Group D when Robin Knoche’s 89th-minute penalty gave the surprise Bundesliga leaders a 1-0 victory over Malmo.

The four teams in Group F are tied on five points. Lazio drew 2-2 at home to Sturm Graz, while Midtjylland drew level with Feyenoord.

Ferencvaros is three points clear in Group H after beating Red Star Belgrade 2-1. Trabzonspor defeated Monaco 4-0 to rise above the Ligue 1 side to second place.

Villarreal qualified for the Europa Conference League round of 16 as winners of Group C. Senegalese midfielder Nicolas Jackson scored the only goal in their 1-0 win at Austria Vienna.

West Ham advanced from Group B following a 2-1 win over Anderlecht thanks to goals from Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen.

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The Hammers need just one point from their last two games to finish in first place.

Istanbul Basaksehir and Djurgarden will also continue their European adventure in the new year.

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