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Omonia Nicosia v Manchester United Live Commentary, 10/6/22

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2 - 3
OMO
MUN
K. Ansarifard (34)
N. Panagiotou (85)
M. Rashford (53)
A. Martial (63)
M. Rashford (84)
Neo GSP

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
It wasn't the most convincing of wins for United, but it keeps them second in the group. Despite Omonia's good show, they still have no points at the bottom of the table. These two face each other again in Manchester in a week's time, but before that, they're in league action: United travel to Everton, while Omonia face AEL Limassol.
United come from behind and hold on to beat Omonia 3-2. Against the run of play in the first half, Ansarifard fired Omonia into the lead after a lightning-quick counter. Ten Hag's second-half changes worked wonders for United though, with Rashford curling them level before Martial picked out the bottom corner. Rashford tapped in Ronaldo's off-target shot to make it 3-1 but just 90 seconds later, Omonia had a goal back through Panagiotou. United had chances to put it out of sight in the closing moments, but Ronaldo just couldn't find the target.
L. Shaw
Yellow Card
Manchester United
90' + 5' Loizou knocks it past Shaw, and he has space to run into, but the left-back takes one for the team by blocking off his run and picking up a yellow card.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: OMONIA NICOSIA 2-3 MANCHESTER UNITED.
90' + 3' WIDE! United are trying everything they can to get Ronaldo on the scoresheet as Rashford picks him out again. He bursts into the box, spins away from Bezus before curling a shot towards the far post, but it flies wide.
90' + 1' CHANCE! It's an absolutely wonderful pass from Eriksen to get Rashford away down the left, and he looks like he's shaping up for a shot for a hat-trick goal. Instead, he tries to square it to Ronaldo, but it's too far ahead of him, and it's a brilliant chance wasted.
90' United have three against one on the counter-attack, and Ronaldo and Martial play it between them before the Frenchman tries to tee him up at the far post. His first touch gets away from him and he can't spin away from Yuste to get a shot away.
88' GOOD SAVE! United are looking to restore their two-goal cushion and the space opens up for Fred on the edge of the box. He drills a low shot towards the bottom right corner, and Fabiano pushes it wide.
Lisandro Martínez
Yellow Card
Manchester United
87' Martinez wasn't hurt by the challenge, but he jumped straight back to his feet to confront Kakoullis about it. He's booked for his reaction.
A. Kakoullis
Yellow Card
Omonia Nicosia
87' It's a poor challenge from Kakoullis as he flies in on Martinez, catching him with his studs and a high boot. He goes into the referee's book.
A. Kakoullis
Assist
Omonia Nicosia
85' Kakoullis did brilliantly to get past Dalot before curling a wonderful cross into the far post for Kakoullis.
N. Panagiotou
Goal
Omonia Nicosia
85' PANAGIOTOU SCORES! Just 90 seconds after United added to their advantage, Omonia pull one back! It's more poor defending by United as Dalot is caught out and Kakoullis curls a cross into the box. There are a lot of red shirts in there, but he picks out Panagioutou who rifles it past De Gea. 3-2!
Cristiano Ronaldo
Assist
Manchester United
84' Ronaldo was trying to place his low shot into the far bottom corner, and even though his angles weren't right, the ball still ends up in the back of the net.
M. Rashford
Goal
Manchester United
84' RASHFORD SCORES AGAIN! United win it back on the halfway line and Rashford drives forward before laying it off to Ronaldo on the edge of the box. He's having a go himself, but it's heading wide until Rashford follows in to tap it in just in front of the line. 3-1 United!
R. Bezus
N. Miletić
Omonia Nicosia
82' And Omonia are also making their last change, with Bezus on in place of Miletic.
S. McTominay
Casemiro
Manchester United
82' The final change for United sees McTominay replace Casemiro.
80' Omonia are enjoying a good spell of possession here, but it's all in their own half. They're patiently working it upfield, and they win a corner which is hit straight into the side netting.
78' OFF THE POST! Miletic gets in front of Fred to intercept the pass but ends up knocking it into his own box. Dalot latches onto it and unselfishly lays it off to Ronaldo on the edge of the six-yard box. He takes the shot first time but hits the near post.
76' The Omonia players are crowding the referee as they think they should've had a penalty for a handball against Fred. The ball bounced up and hit him in the stomach though and VAR confirms that.
Fred
Antony
Manchester United
74' Fourth change for United now, and it's Antony that's taken off for Fred, which will see Eriksen move into a more advanced role.
N. Panagiotou
M. Diskerud
Omonia Nicosia
72' And Diskerud also goes off, with Panagiotou replacing him.
L. Loizou
Bruno Felipe
Omonia Nicosia
71' There's another double change for Omonia here. Bruno is the first to make way, with Loizou on for him.
71' Omonia are on the attack again, with Yuste going long looking for Bruno again. Martinez reads this one well though and hooks it clear for United.
69' MISS! Eriksen has space to run into down the left and he squares a low cross onto the penalty spot for Ronaldo. He gets it all wrong though as he fires it high over the bar.
68' GREAT CHANCE! Martinez completely misjudges the flight of Diskerud's long ball and Bruno is in behind. He lets it bounce before poking it towards goal, but there's no power on it and it's straight at De Gea.
67' Omonia are breaking forward in a rare attack in this second half, with Matthews picking out Charalampous. He tries to slide it through for Bruno, but Shaw sticks out a leg to intercept.
65' Omonia are scrambling back into their shape as Ronaldo gets away down the left and he clips a good cross into the far post. Martial is running onto it, but Lang gets there just ahead of him.
M. Rashford
Assist
Manchester United
63' It's a lovely flick from Rashford to cushion the ball into Martial's path and add an assist to his earlier goal.
A. Martial
Goal
Manchester United
63' MARTIAL SCORES! He's only been on the pitch a matter of moments, but he's put United 2-1 up! It's another wonderful throughball from Martinez to get United upfield and Rashford flicks it onto Martial. He takes it around Miletic before drilling his shot into the near bottom corner.
C. Charalampous
Yellow Card
Omonia Nicosia
62' It's a late one from Charalampous, who steps on Casemiro's foot, and he's shown the first yellow card of the game.
A. Martial
Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United
61' United are also making another change, with Martial coming on to replace Fernandes.
F. Papoulis
B. Barker
Omonia Nicosia
61' And Barker is also making way, with Papoulis on in his place.
A. Kakoullis
K. Ansarifard
Omonia Nicosia
61' Omonia are making their first changes here, and the goalscorer, Ansarifard is the first to go off, with Kakoullis replacing him.
59' It's brilliant skill from Antony down the right to lose Lecjaks before he plays a one-two with Eriksen on the edge of the box. He can't get any power behind the shot though and a deflection take's the Brazilian's shot wide.
57' GREAT CHANCE! Ronaldo keeps it alive for United by working it out to Antony on the right. He cuts onto his left foot again and whips another shot towards the far top corner, but it's just wide.
55' CLOSE! United are keeping the pressure on Omonia here and Shaw lays it off to Eriksen on the edge of the box. The space opens up for him, so he has a go himself, but drills his shot wide of the near post.
M. Rashford
Goal
Manchester United
53' RASHFORD EQUALISES! It looked like the chance had got away from him after a heavy touch to control Fernandes' pass. Miletic fails to clear his lines though, and he nudges the defender out of the way before curling a lovely finish out of Fabiano's reach into the far side of the net. 1-1!
52' Fernandes wins a free-kick after being caught by a heavy challenge from Yuste. He steps up to take it just outside the box, but it's straight down the middle at Fabiano.
50' It's another poor cross into the box by Dalot and Ronaldo is beaten to it by Lang. It bounces straight to Eriksen on the edge of the box, but a heavy first touch stops him from exploiting the space.
48' United are on the front foot at the start of the second half, but they're still being wasteful in the box. Rashford's first touch sees him rounding Miletic on the left of the box before he blazes a wild shot high and wide.
46' United get us back underway for the second half!
L. Shaw
T. Malacia
Manchester United
46' And Malacia is also making way, with Shaw replacing him.
M. Rashford
J. Sancho
Manchester United
46' United are making a double change at the break as they look to get back into this game. Sancho is the first to go off, with Rashford on for him.
Ten Hag could be seen shaking his head on the touchline for most of the first half - United were wasteful with their best chances and their defending was all over the place when they were eventually put under pressure. He'll be wanting much more from his side after the break. Omonia's confidence is high after that goal though, and they'll be doing everything they can to hold on for what would be a massive three points.
Omonia take a shock 1-0 lead into half-time over Manchester United. The hosts were barely in the game for the first half an hour, with United putting on all the pressure, and Fabiano made some great saves to deny Ronaldo and Antony on either side of Fernandes hitting the crossbar. United were caught on the break though, with Bruno carrying his team forward before teeing up Ansarifard to fire over De Gea into the top corner.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: OMONIA NICOSIA 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED.
45' + 1' It's a lovely throughball from Charalampous to pick out Bruno down the left of the box. He doesn't have support up with him, but he does well to win a corner, which comes to nothing.
44' Martinez goes long again and this time, he does pick out Ronaldo's run on the edge of the box. The forward's first touch lets him down though, and Lang does enough to allow Fabiano the time to collect it.
42' United work it quickly upfield again and they have numbers in the box this time. Ronaldo is asking for it at the far post, but Eriksen has a go himself, firing his shot against Yuste.
40' Omonia's confidence has shot through the roof since taking the lead and they're putting United under some pressure here. Bruno weaves away from Casemiro before looking for Lecjaks but can only get another corner.
38' Barker swings a free-kick into the box from the right and Lindelof clears it as far as Charalampous. He curls another cross in and it's terrible defending from United, with Lindelof and Martinez both failing to clear their lines before Casemiro hooks it away.
36' United are trying to have an instant response as they work it down the right again. Antony has two defenders tight to him again though and he can't pick out a cross.
Bruno Felipe
Assist
Omonia Nicosia
34' As soon as Bruno gets the ball, he gets his head down and drives into United's half, carrying it all the way to the edge of the box before picking out Ansarifard.
K. Ansarifard
Goal
Omonia Nicosia
34' ANSARIFARD SCORES! Completely against the run of play, Omonia take the lead! Omonia break from United's free-kick, with three against one. Eriksen gets across to block Bruno's run into the box, but he managed to touch it through to Ansarifard, who fires over De Gea into the top corner. 1-0 Omonia!
33' It's great work from Antony, who gets straight back up after being tripped by Diskerud to continue his run. He's trying to open up the space but can only win a free-kick as he's caught by the midfielder again.
31' Omonia have a free-kick on the right and it's a great delivery from Barker towards the far post. Bruno is running onto it, but Dalot gets a vital touch to take it away from him.
29' There's another sloppy pass out from the back, this time from Miletic, and United are on the attack again. Antony slides it through for Ronaldo, who fizzes a dangerous low cross into the six-yard box, but no one is there for United.
27' GOOD SAVE! Antony cuts inside from the right and he's a long way out when he attempts the shot. It's curling into the far top corner and Fabiano stretches to push it wide with a strong hand.
25' Ronaldo steps up to take the free-kick that he won through the middle and he lifts the shot over the wall, but there's no dip on it. It doesn't trouble Fabiano as it sails into the stands.
24' The hosts just can't get on the ball as United continue to knock it around in their half. Martinez slides it through to Ronaldo, who quickly lays it off to Eriksen as he's fouled by Miletic to win a free-kick.
22' Omonia are dragged to their right when Antony gets the ball, so he switches it back out to the left. Malacia swings in a better cross this time, but Ronaldo is sandwiched between two defenders at the far post.
20' Omonia are back in their compact shape and blocking off United's route into the box again. Eriksen bundles it down the left, but can't find space away from Matthews for a cross.
18' OFF THE BAR! United are in behind again with the one-touch football and Ronaldo touches it across to Fernandes on the right of the box. He takes a touch before lobbing the keeper and it smacks back off the bar.
17' GREAT CHANCE! Omonia are wide open at the back as Martinez plays the ball into the box and Antony is completely unmarked. Instead of taking the shot himself, he unselfishly tries to tee up Ronaldo, but Lang gets to it first.
15' BLOCK! Sancho spins into space just outside the box before teeing up Ronaldo on the edge of the box. He takes a touch to get it out of his feet before poking it towards goal and Yuste makes the block. Martinez heads over from the resulting corner.
13' Omonia are dropping deep into their own half to close the space ahead of United. It's worked well down the left again by the visitors, but Malacia overhits another cross and Antony can't reach it.
11' Malacia's switch is cut out by Matthews, and he sets Diskerud away down the right. He touches it into Bruno, but he can't hold off Lindelof long enough to turn.
9' GOOD SAVE! United work it well through the middle, with Eriksen sliding it through for Antony on the edge of the box. He touches it through for Ronaldo, who has a go despite the tight angle, and Fabiano gets down well to push it away.
8' Malacia is well picked out by Casemiro, but there's no space for him to run into. He knocks it back to Dalot, who tries to lift it over the top for Ronaldo, but he gets way too much on it.
6' Martinez cuts out a throughball from Diskerud and sets United straight on the counter. Sancho tries to finish the move from the edge of the box, but snatches at the shot, dragging it wide.
4' Omonia try to break forward through Matthews, but Malacia cuts off his run. He quickly looks to Casemiro through the middle, but a heavy touch from him gifts it back to the hosts.
2' United are dominating the early possession here and patiently working it upfield. Dalot eventually gets his head up and curls a cross towards Fernandes but Miletic nods it away ahead of him.
1' Bruno gets the game underway for Omonia!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away!
United have won five of their last six Europa League away games, with the exception being a 3-2 loss to Roma in the 2020-21 semi-final.
Ten Hag makes three changes to the side that started the Manchester derby defeat on Sunday, bringing in Ronaldo, Casemiro and Lindelof. Rashford and McTominay start on the bench, while Raphael Varane misses out with an ankle injury that forced him off in that game.
Neil Lennon makes just two changes from the league win over Doxa Katokopias at the weekend. Yuste is fit to start after returning from injury, with Barker also coming in. Loizou and Papoulis drop to the bench.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Tom Heaton, Anthony Elanga, Zidane Iqbal, Martin Dubravka, Facundo Pellistri, Alejandro Garnacho, Fred, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay.
MANCHESTER UNITED STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia; Casemiro, Christian Eriksen; Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho; Cristiano Ronaldo.
OMONIA NICOSIA SUBS: Andronikos Kakoulli, Fotios Papoulis, Nikolas Panagiotou, Panagiotis Zachariou, Fotis Kitsos, Constantinos Panayi, Loizos Loizou, Francis Uzoho, Roman Bezus.
OMONIA NICOSIA STARTING XI (5-3-2): Fabiano; Adam Matthews, Nemanja Miletic, Hector Yuste, Adam Lang, Jan Lecjaks; Mikkel Diskerud, Charalampos Charalampous, Brandon Barker; Bruno Souza, Karim Ansarifard.
United opened their Europa League campaign with a narrow defeat to Real Sociedad but bounced back last time out in the competition by beating Sheriff 2-0. That's their only win in their last three games in all competitions, and Erik ten Hag will be looking for a reaction after the 6-3 thumping by Manchester City at the weekend. Omonia currently prop up the group after losing their opening two games, but they have won their last two league games without conceding after a run of three defeats in all competitions.
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