European League. A 3/3 for the French, United on the tatami… What do I remember from the first day?

European League.  A 3/3 for the French, United on the tatami… What do I remember from the first day?

Excellent start for FC Nantes, AS Monaco and Stade Rennais on Thursday night for the first day of the Europa League. The three French clubs have prevailed and start this European campaign perfectly. On the favourites’ side, Arsenal won in Zurich while Manchester United were defeated at home by Real Sociedad in the afternoon match.

Three out of three, very good start for French clubs

Disappointing since the resumption of Ligue 1, Stade Rennais were just as disappointing for their entry into the Europa League, narrowly winning 2 goals to 1 after extra time at the ground of the modest Cypriot team from Larnaca, on Thursday during matchday one of the group. scenery.

The hero of the day is young defender Lorenz Assignon, who scored the winning goal 10 minutes after coming on for Croatian Lovro Majer, wearing a black mask due to a broken nose.

Like Rennais, Nantes offered to beat Olympiakos 2-1, in a boiling stadium, after two decades of absence from the European scene. If Samuel Moutoussamy unintentionally equalized for the Greeks (50th) after the debut of Mostafa Mohamed (32nd), Evann Guessand (90+5) was in charge in the last seconds of overturning the stadium, whose openings have shaken.

Rocked by Red Star Belgrade, Monaco managed to win 1-0 in Serbia on Thursday thanks to a Breel Embolo penalty and thus launched their Europa League campaign to perfection.

In the very homogeneous group H, this victory away from home at the “Marakana” in Belgrade, a supposedly difficult stadium, is an excellent operation for the Monegasques, who will host the Hungarians Ferencvaros, 3-2 winners of Trabzonspor, next Thursday. .

AS Roma thrashed, Lazio unfolds

The surprise of the night came from Bulgaria. Ludogorets won at home against AS Roma who, however, had lined up Dybala, Matic or Smalling for the kick-off. The Italians responded to Ludogorets’ goal. But the Bulgarians showed resources by getting all three points just before added time (2-1). The other “big” in this group, Betis Sevilla, won quite calmly in Helsinki (2-0). Roma’s other club, Lazio, on the other hand, easily beat Feyenoord (4-2) at home, although the Romans relaxed a bit late in the game by conceding two goals. But earlier they had made the difference by leading by four goals.

Arsenal on the date, not United

In form since the start of the season, Arsenal’s match in Zurich was not easy for the English (2-1 victory). The Gunners had to work to get the three points, although Arteta had largely rotated for this match, leaving Saka, Odegaard or Jesús on the bench.

The other English club, Manchester United, were beaten at home by Real Sociedad in the afternoon clash. At the kick-off, Mancunian coach Erik Ten Hag had decided to rotate and revive several players like Ronaldo or Maguire. Casemiro was also a starter. But finally it was the Spaniards who won from Méndez’s penalty (1-0).

all results

GROUP A

Zurich (SUI) – Arsenal (ENG): 1 – 2

PSV Eindhoven (PB) – Bodo/Glimt (NOR): 1 – 1

B GROUP

AEK Larnaca (CHY) – Renais Stadium : 1 – 2

Fenerbahce (TUR) – Dynamo Kyiv (UKR): 2 – 1

GROUP C

Ludogorets (BUL) – AS Roma (ITA): 2 – 1

Helsinki JK (FIN) – Betis Sevilla (ESP): 0 – 2

GROUP D

Malmö (SUE) – Braga (BY): 0 – 2

Union Berlin (GER) – Union Saint-Gilloise (BEL): 0 – 1

GROUP E

Manchester United (ENG) – Real Sociedad (ESP): 0 – 1

Omonoia Nicosia (CHY) – Sheriff Tiraspol (MOL): 0 – 3

GROUP F

Lazio Roma (ITA) – Feyenoord (PB): 4 – 2

Sturm Graz (AUT) – Midtjylland (DAN): 1 – 0

GROUP G

F.C.Nantes – Olympiacos (GRE): 2 – 1

Freiburg (GER) – Qarabag (AZE): 2 – 1

GROUP H

Belgrade Red Star (SER) – AS Monaco : 0 – 1

Ferencvaros (HON) – Trabzonspor (TUR): 3 – 2

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