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Europa League: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United lose 1-0 to Real Sociedad at Old Trafford, while Arsenal win in Switzerland (Video)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad at Old Trafford, while Arsenal won in Switzerland in the first game of the Europa League.

Arsenal bounced back from the weekend defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League with a hard fought 2-1 win away to FC Zurich in Group A of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

A Brais Mendez penalty helped Real Sociedad beat Manchester United 1-0 in their Europa League Group E opener on Thursday, which followed an impeccably observed tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. 

New signing Marquinhos scored and also had an assist while Eddie Nketiah netted the winner for Arsenal. 

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Marquinhos opened scoring on 17 minutes after he stabbed home Nketiah’s low cross from a counter.

Cristiano Ronaldo – making just his second start of the season – went close on a number of occasions for the hosts, who registered just three shots on target in the whole game.

The Red Devils’ four-game winning streak was ended shortly before the hour mark when Mendez slotted home from 12 yards after substitute Lisandro Martinez had handled in the area.

This defeat was United’s first in 19 home matches in the Europa League – a run that started with victory over FC Midtjylland in February 2016. 

Meanwhile, it was La Real’s first-ever win against English opponents in Europe at the seventh time of asking. 

Watch the Highlights of both Matches Below:

Results from other games

In Group A giants PSV were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Bodoe/Glimt.

And in other results Rennes beat Larnaca 2-1 away, Fenerbahce edged visiting Dynamo Kyiv 2-1, Real Betis pipped HJK Helsinki 2-0 away.

Ludogorets beat Roma 2-1, Malmo suffered a 2-0 loss at home to Braga and Union Berlin lost 1-0 at home to Union St.Gilloise.

Also in Group E Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was benched for his Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia who fell 3-0 at home to FC Sheriff.

And other results saw Lazio beat Feyenoord 4-2, Sturm Graz recorded a 1-0 win against Midtjylland, Freiburg edged Qarabag 2-1, Moses Simon’s Nantes overcame Olympiacos 2-1 and Trabzonspor lost 3-2 to Ferencvaros.

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