Soccer-Rashford double as Man United fight back to beat Omonia
NICOSIA, Cyprus (Reuters) - Substitute Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United fought back from a goal down to beat Omonia Nicosia 3-2 in Europa League Group E on Thursday.
Real Sociedad stayed top of the group standings thanks to a 2-0 win at Sheriff Tiraspol secured by goals from David Silva and Aritz Elustondo.MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Western United defied the sceptics when they captured their first A-League championship in May and will now look to consolidate the gains in the new season starting Friday.Bin Shen feels that this should be the pair’s next target as they look to keep progressing.Haaland wasted no time in getting City going with yet another strike in his remarkable campaign, sweeping home an early opener, before putting the game beyond the Danish side inside 32 minutes.
United, thrashed 6-3 by Manchester City on Sunday, dominated the opening stages but were stunned in the 35th minute when their Cypriot hosts scored through Karim Ansarifard following a counter-attack.As the teams went into the break, boos and whistles rained down from the stands from the United supporters.As Melbourne's third side behind Victory and City, Western United were mocked by rival fans when they joined the league in 2019 and failed to build a home stadium promised in their expansion bid.Rashford emerged after halftime and needed only eight minutes to equalise with a well-placed shot from just outside the box into the far corner.But Bin Shen is not satisfied and wants more from his charges.The England forward then produced a clever backheel to set up fellow substitute Antony Martial who put United ahead."We want to be a team that keeps evolving.Rashford struck again six minutes from time, tapping in Cristiano Ronaldo's pass, but Nikolas Panayiotou pulled one back for Omonia a minute later to ensure a tense finale.There may have been some sleepless nights among Copenhagen's defenders after Haaland bagged his third hat-trick since joining City in the close season against Manchester United on Sunday.
United moved on to six points in the group standings, three behind leaders Sociedad."The biggest thing for us (over the off-season) was not having that complacency.“So far, Haikal-Arif are doing alright but they need to start beating higher-ranked pairs.Lazio, looking to bounce back from an embarrassing 5-1 loss at Midtjylland, could only manage a 0-0 draw at Sturm Graz in Group F.In Group C, Ludogorets and Finnish champions HJK Helsinki fought out a 1-1 draw in Helsinki.They've trained probably even harder than they did last pre-season.PSV Eindhoven's Yorbe Vertessen scored twice in a 5-1 rout of their hosts FC Zurich in Group A.Our boys still lack this and they also need to work on their tactical game and strength,” said Bin Shen.In Belgrade, Red Star crushed Hungary's Ferencvaros 4-1 to give the 1991 European Cup winners hope of advancing from Group H and Wissam Ben Yedder was the hero for AS Monaco, scoring twice in a 3-1 home win over Turkish side Trabzonspor.They will share the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on the other side of town with Victory and City this season, one of a raft of venues United used for home games in the last campaign."I've never witnessed anything like it in my life.
(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk, editing by Ed Osmond) Article type: free.
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