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    Manchester United downs Zorya Luhansk to advance to Europa League knockout stage

    Dec 9, 2016
    Manchester United scored its first win in 10 away games in Europe. AP

    ODESSA, Ukraine — Manchester United won for the first time in 10 away games in Europe and advanced to the Europa League knockout stage by defeating Zorya Luhansk 2-0 on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

    Another defeat and a Feyenoord win in the other Group A match, and United would have been eliminated.

    But midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan's first goal for United to begin the second half ended the team's frustration, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic came through at the end for his seventh goal in his last six matches.

    "The first goal was magnificent," Ibrahimovic said on MUTV. "He came in speed and had control all the way. Then the timing to put between the legs was beautiful. He killed the game by scoring."

    United was second in the group to Fenerbahce, which beat Feyenoord 1-0 courtesy of a Moussa Sow bicycle-kick goal.

    A group of around 200 United fans heading to the stadium were pelted with bottles and stones by local fans. Police prevented fighting.

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    In another incident, some Ukrainian fans also tried to attack United supporters in the stadium, The Associated Press witnessed. This follows major trouble two nights ago in the capital of Ukraine around the Dynamo Live-Besiktas match.

    Meanwhile, Southampton was eliminated in its maiden Europa League campaign.

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    Maor Buzaglo's goal in the 79th minute made the difference for Hapoel to advance. Virgil Van Dijk's equalizer in stoppage time was not enough for Southampton.

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    Manchester United scored its first win in 10 away games in Europe. AP
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