Europa League Roundup: Arsenal off to winning start, Roma slip up and Fenerbahce snatch win
Arsenal got off to a good start in their Europa League campaign with Zurich as Eddie Nketiah won 2-1.
Meanwhile, Roma conceded a late goal in a loss to Ludogorets in Bulgaria, while Misha Batshuayi scored the final goal for Fenerbahce at home against Dynamo Kyiv.
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Zürich were the first to close on goal as Matt Turner’s outward pass was intercepted before Ayegun Tosin approached from a tight angle, but Gabriel was ready to deflect it.
The guests began to attack during the first half, and another chance came and went when Granit Xhaka’s cross landed on the legs of Marquinhos, but his first shot flew wide.
However, just moments later, Arsenal took the lead on the counterattack when Fabio Vieira freed Eddy Nketiah to pass the ball to Marquinhos, who scored his first goal for Arsenal.
There was always a feeling that Arsenal might pay dearly for failing to double their lead and Zürich duly equalized before half-time when they were given a penalty as it was accepted that Nketiah had brought down Selnaes. Myrlind Krieziou took the lead, sent Turner the wrong way and equalized.
Arsenal went into the second half full of energy and intention to attack. Arsenal’s second goal looked imminent and they scored it 15 minutes after the restart when Marquinhos headed Nketia’s far post.
Gabriel Jesus nearly added a third for Arsenal at the end of the game, but Brecher held back his low, practiced kick.
As expected, Roma started with the lead, pinning Ludogorets in their own half of the field, while Lorenzo Pellegrini’s effort stung Sergio Padt’s palms in the first meaningful shot on goal of the game.
Given the problematic coverage, it’s not surprising that Roma’s best halftime chance comes from a set piece.
In the second half, the game slowly drifted away from Roma, and it seemed that a moment of ingenuity was needed to snatch three points. That moment really came, but for Ludogorets, when Kauli Oliveira Sousa picked up the ball 30 yards from goal, headed to the edge of the penalty area and calmly shot.
Roma thought they equalized late thanks to Eldor Shomurodov, so there seemed to be another twist. Nonato beat Nemanja Matic in this zone and then hit Svilar who took cover in the far corner, breaking Ludogorets’ four-game losing streak against the Italian opponent.
Only in the middle of the first half, the home team began to score the gates of Dynamo Kyiv. Dynamo Kiev turned down Ezgyan Alioski before his resolve was finally broken ten minutes before the break. Gustavo Enrique passed to Diego Rossi and put the Turkish team ahead.
The guests finally came out and started playing in the second half – with a completely different idea. This paid off in about an hour, when the Ukrainian side equalized. Viktor Tsygankov showed excellent composure, demonstrating a fantastic first shot from the edge of the penalty area.
It seemed that the points would be shared until, in the 93rd minute, Misha Batshuayi, who made his debut for the Turkish team, scored a late goal.
In other fixtures:
AEK Larnaca lost (1:2) at home to Rennes and Betis scored three points in Finland, beating HJK 2-0.
Braga also won by beating Malmö (2:1) in Sweden, but PSV could only score a point at home against Bodo/Glimt, (1:1).
Union Berlin lost at home to Royale Union SG with a score (0:1).