Europa League: Zlatan leads Manchester United; Dundalk, Zenit win

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  • A 68th minute Zlatan Ibrahimovic header spurred Manchester United past visiting Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk X-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday in UEFA Europa League play.

    United is a point behind Fenerbahce in Group A, level on points with Feyenoord but would sit behind them on head-to-head tiebreakers.

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    Marcus Rashford hammered a Paul Pogba flick off the goal post moments after Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a chance of his own, and Manchester United was rampant.

    United was in control all half long, and even strings of passes were rare for Zorya. But the match remained 0-0.

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    Funny thing, though, as Zorya really started to find some chances by crossing from wide positions as the second half got moving at Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils got back on track with about 35 minutes to go, and it began to feel like the first half, that a goal was inevitable. Timothy Fosu-Mensah cut back for Wayne Rooney, who mishit a side volley directly to the back post. There, Ibrahimovic leapt to take advantage of baffled Zorya keeper Oleksiy Shevchenko, heading it over the line.

    The Red Devils gave away a dangerous free kick with 12 minutes to play, but Jaba Lipartia hit his left-footed attempt over the bar.

    Dundalk 1–0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv

    Semi-pro side Dundalk became the first Irish team to claim a point in European play on the last match day, so it stands to reason the defeat of visiting Maccabi Tel-Aviv is the first win in Irish history. Big striker Ciaran Kilduff scored the goal that kept Dundalk second in Group D, two points behind Zenit Saint Petersburg. Dundalk is off to Zenit on Oct. 20.

    Zenit Saint Petersburg 5-0 AZ Alkmaar

    Speaking of Zenit, they didn’t just beat AZ, the Russians cruised past their Dutch visitors with five different goal scorers netting in the win.

    Saint-Etienne 1–1 Anderlecht
    Genk 3–1 Sassuolo
    Olympiacos 0–1 Apoel Nicosia
    Fenerbahce 1–0 Feyenoord
    Athletic Bilbao 1–0 Rapid Wien
    Austria Wien 0–0 Viktoria Plzen
    Zenit Saint-Petersburg 5–0 AZ Alkmaar
    AS Roma 4–0 Astra Giurgiu