Europa League roundup: Man United cruise; Saints fall in Prague

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A roundup of Thursday’s action in the Europa League…

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Manchester United 4-0 Feyenoord

Man United took a giant step toward advancing to the knockout stage with a 4-0 hammering of Feyenoord at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring, followed by Juan Mata who made it 2-0, courtesy of Rooney’s assist. Brad Jones scored an own goal 15 minutes from full time, and Jesse Lingard completed the rout in stoppage time.

With nine points from five games, the Red Devils are now just a point behind Fenerbahce, two clear of Feyenoord for second. A trip to Ukarine, where they’ll face bottom-of-the-group Zorya, is all that remains in the group stage.

Sparta Prague 1-0 Southampton

Saints’ fans keep showing up in huge numbers all across Europe, but the club’s players failed to do so once again on Thursday, as they fell 1-0 in Prague. Costa Nhamoinesu scored the game’s only goal, in the 11th minute, and Claude Puel‘s men failed to do anything with their staggering 71 percent of possession on the day.

With one game left to play, at home to third-place Hapoel Be’er Sheva who also sit on seven points, Saints still control their own destiny as far as advancing to the knockout stage, but can finish no higher than second with Sparta now on 12 points.

Other notable Europa League scores

Schalke 2-0 Nice
Roma 4-1 Viktoria Plzen
Fiorentina 2-3 PAOK
Ajax 1-0 Panathinaikos

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