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UEFA Europa League: Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic send Red Devils into last 32


12-09-2016 12:53 BJT

In the Europa League, Manchester United travelled to Ukraine to take on Zorya Luhansk in their final group stage match.

Looking to secure a spot in the last 32, Jose Mourinho's side needed only a point to progress, while the hosts found themselves at the bottom of Group A with a mere 2 points.

Despite concerns of a frozen icy pitch in Odessa, the game kicked off without delay.

After a goalless first half, United broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan would burst forward and find himself in the penalty area, slotting it home with a cool finish. 1-0 Red Devils. 

The visitors continue to press and some fine one-touch passing ends with Paul Pogba finding Zlatan Ibrahimovic behind the Zorya back four, with the Swede running through and putting the Red Devils up 2-0 with a neat finish in the 88th minute.

And 2-0 is how it would end, as Jose Mourinho's side finish second in Group A and progress to the last 32.

Also on Thursday, Villarreal beat Steaua Bucuresti 2-1 to move into the next round. Fiorentina also qualifies with a top Group J finish while Spanish side Celta Vigo won 2-0 at Panathinaikos and qualify from Group G.

Premier League club Southampton were eliminated following a 1-1 draw with Israeli side Hapoel Beer-Sheva. Romanian champions Astra drew 0-0 at home to Roma and go through with the Italians from Group E.

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