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Europa League: Man Utd beat stubborn Omonia Nicosia in 5-goals thriller

Europa League: Man Utd beat stubborn Omonia Nicosia in 5-goals thriller

Manchester United came from behind to beat Omonia Nicosia 3-2 in our latest Group E Europa League clash.

The Reds dominated the game, but it was the hosts who took the lead in the first half. Bruno Felipe led the counterattack before Karim Ansarifard finished off the move to open the scoring. 

Erik ten Hag called on his bench in the second half, with the introduction of both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial changing the game.

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The attacking duo both found the net in the second 45, with Rashford levelling the scores before Martial put the Reds ahead. Rashford completed his brace minutes before the end, despite a late goal from Panayiotou to keep Omonia in it.

Marcus Rashford got United back in it after the break

For the majority of the opening 45 minutes, the Reds were dominant and created plenty of opportunities to go ahead. 

At the heart of the action was Cristiano Ronaldo, who saw his low effort saved well by Fabiano in the Omonia goal. Our no.7 also linked up well with Bruno Fernandes and Antony to set up the skipper, who saw his effort bounce off the bar. 

Antony came close to finding the net with an effort reminiscent of his goal against Man City at the weekend, but the top corner-bound shot was parried away by the keeper.

Just after the half-hour mark, completely against the run of play, the hosts took the lead. A counterattack lead by the charging run of Bruno saw him play in Ansarifard, whose effort was thumped beyond David De Gea at his near post. 

Despite plenty of chances to make an impact, the Reds went in at half-time a goal down with plenty to do in the second period. And that began with a double substitution that saw Rashford and Luke Shaw enter the fray. 

United celebrate taking the lead against Omonia Nicosia

Our no.10 made an almost immediate impact, grabbing an equaliser eight minutes after the restart. Fernandes found Rashford with a remarkable pass from inside his own half – the chance almost looked as though it had run away from him, but he retained possession and curled the ball into the bottom corner beyond the reach of Fabiano. 

Ten minutes later, just moments after his introduction, Martial completed the comeback for United. Martinez stepped up from defence to pass into Rashford, whose first time flick found Martial, who was quick to unleash an effort that nestled into the bottom corner at Fabiano’s near-post. 

Ronaldo had a handful of opportunities to increase our lead, the closest of which saw him denied by the post after Diogo Dalot did particularly well to create the chance for his fellow countryman.

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