Europa League.. Arsenal achieves the most important with a reserve squad, and Roma loses to Ludogorets

Arsenal achieved the most important thing in their reserve squad when they beat Swiss Zurich 2-1 on Thursday in the first round of the first group matches of the European Football League.

The London side kicked off the dust of their first defeat of the season against Manchester United 3-1 in the local league last Sunday and kicked off their Europa League campaign with a valuable off-the-rule win.

Arsenal played the match in the absence of seven players who were in the team that lost to United, led by its captain Martin Odegaard, Brazilian international scorer Gabriel Jesus, his national team striker Bukayo Saka and Ukrainian national team defender Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Arsenal managed to open the scoring after a counter-attack, during which the ball went to Eddy Nketia, so he left the middle of the field from the left side and crossed to the unnamed Brazilian Marquinhos in the box, who right-handed into the far right corner of the Swiss goalkeeper Yannick Berishen for 16 th minute.

Zurich converted a penalty after Nketiya fouled Kosovo’s Fidan Aleti, Merlind Crizio successfully blocked it in the 44th minute.

Nketiah corrected his mistake with a penalty kick and scored the winning goal for Arsenal with a close-range header in the 62nd minute.

The fatal fall of Rome

In the third group, the Italian champion of the last season of the Conference League, under the guidance of his experienced Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho, lost to the Bulgarian host Ludogortes with a score of 1:2.

The Bulgarian team scored for the first time through Brazilian striker Kauli Oliveira Souza in the 72nd minute, and Uzbek Elder Shumorodov equalized in the 86th minute, but the hosts scored the winning goal two minutes later by another Brazilian, Nonato.

In the same group, Spain’s Real Betis returned with a precious victory over Finnish hosts HJK Helsinki with two clean goals scored by Brazil’s Willian José (45+3 from penalties and 64).

Source: agencies

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