Europa League English club’s roundup
Wolves won their Europa League match 1-2 after having to come back from being a goal down. The started the match slowly and conceded in the 11th minute and did not create much in the first half. However early in the second half Saiss scored a good goal from outside the box into the bottom corner. This lifted the team’s spirit and they were the more dominant team after that. It only took them five minutes to get another when Jimenez was brought down in the area and scored the corresponding penalty. One negative from the match was the substitute Jota received two yellow cards in less than two minutes to be sent off. However, they will be pleased with the win and sit in second place in their group with six points.
Arsenal had a tough game against Portuguese side Victoria Guimaraes, as they conceded early on in the 8th minute. Arsenal got the equalizer in the 32nd minute when Tierney put the ball in for an easy goal for Martinelli. This was only Tierney’s third match for Arsenal since he arrived, and he will be happy to help contribute a goal. Victoria Guimaraes went ahead again four minutes later and were very solid defensively and did not give Arsenal many chances. However, substitute Pepe came to save the day as he scored two sublime free-kicks which were only his second and third goal for the club. The first coming in the 80th minute and the second being a 92nd-minute winner. This will give him lots of confidence after he has come under scrutiny recently. Arsenal retain their 100% record so far in the Europa League.
United had a far trip to Serbia to face Partizan who they were level on points with. OLG will have been happy that Martial was able to start the match and give Rashford some rest. It was quite a tight game with not many chances for either team but in the 42nd minute Williams was brought down in the box and Martial scored the penalty to put United ahead. United were made to work on keeping the clean sheet after the break but they were able to hang onto the win. This gave United their first away victory in 11 matches and relieve some of the pressure on OLG.