After opening the 2022/2023 edition of the Champions League on the last two evenings, the Europa League entered the competition on Thursday night, first at 7pm with the difficult successes of Stade Rennes and Arsenal away. Two hours later, two more French teams began their European campaign at C3, AS Monaco and FC Nantes, while Manchester United, with Cristiano Ronaldo, played the group stage for the first time in EL for three years. While the Red Devils hosted Real Sociedad, the rock club moved to Red Star Belgrade and the Canary Islands hosted Olympiacos Piraeus from former Bordeaux Hwang Oi-jo.
We start this tour of Europe with Group G and Beaujoire, where FCN played their first European Cup since winning the 2004 Intertoto Cup semi-final second leg (elimination on goal away against Slovan Liberec). In the face of the Greek squad, Antoine Compuari’s players had the advantage in scoring through Mostafa Mohamed, the top scorer after half an hour of play (32). Returning from the locker room, in a defensive corner kick in the far corner, Samuel Mutosami deceived Alban Lafont, poorly getting off the ball (50th position). And if his goal was rejected at the end of the match (82), Ivan Gisand still provided the victory for his people with a beautiful header in overtime.
Manchester and Monaco Falls are reassuring
The direction of Old Trafford, as MU would confirm its dynamism in the league (4 consecutive victories, including Liverpool and Arsenal). After a minute of silence in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away Thursday night, the two teams gave us a fairly balanced but not very lively first period. Eric Ten Hag’s men hit each other with Lisandro Martinez’s handball in his area. The penalty kick was converted by Bryce Mendes before the hour (1-0, 59). Despite some chances, Manconian fell at home in the first period for Casemiro, who arrived this summer from Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo, who played the whole match, had a complicated evening.
Finally, on the Maracanã side in Belgrade, Monaco had to be careful not to fall into the still dangerous Red Star trap in its hiding place. Goalkeeper Alexander Noble had to save a few balls to keep his teammates, which the Rock club finally won thanks to a penalty from an upcoming Brill Embolo just before the last quarter of an hour. The second success in a row for ASEMIST, who will be satisfied with the second place in pool H, especially because of Ferencvaros’ prolific victory, 10 against 11, against Trabzonspor.
The full results of this multiplier
Manchester United 0-1 Real Sociedad : Mendez (sp, 59)
ER Belgrade 0-1 AS Monaco : EMBOLO (SP, 74)
Nantes 2-1 Olympiacos: Muhammed (32), Guessand (90+3) / Mutosami (CS, 50)
Ferencvaros 3-1 Trabzonspor: Nguyen (5th, 44th), Traore (29) / Gomez (39)
Freiburg 2-1 Karabakh: Grifo (sp 7th), Doan (15) / Vesovic (39)
Lazio 4-2 Feyenoord: Luis Alberto (fourth), Felipe Anderson (15), Vecino (28, 63) / Jimenez (69, 88)
Omonia 0-3 Sheriff of Tiraspol : Akanbi (2nd), Atiemwen (sp 54), Diop (76)
Sturm Graz 1-0 Midgeland: Imiga (8)