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Sheriff v Manchester United Live Commentary, 16/9/22

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J. Sancho (17)
Cristiano Ronaldo (39 pen)
Stadionul Zimbru


That's all for today. Goodbye!
Next up, Sheriff host Zimbru Chisinau in the Moldovan Super Liga, with Manchester United making the short trip to Manchester City in the Premier League.
Manchester United claim their first Europa League win of the season with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Sheriff Tiraspol. Sancho gave the visitors the lead after a one-two with Eriksen outside the box, turning onto his left foot before directing a low shot off the right post and into the net. Dalot then won a penalty after being taken down by Kpozo, with Ronaldo stepping up to score his first of the season. In the second half, United went searching for a third goal but couldn’t find one, having just one shot on target. That opportunity came just three minutes after the restart, with Fernandes directing Dalot’s low cross straight at Koval.
90' + 2' Garnacho presses Kiki but cannot win the ball with the defender hacking the ball away.
90' + 1' Two minutes of addition time.
H. Maguire
Lisandro Martínez
Manchester United
90' Substitution for United. Martinez is replaced by Maguire who is now the captain.
A. Garnacho
Manchester United
90' Substitution for United. Antony is replaced by Garnacho.
88' Pernambuco goes under the United wall despite Sancho lying down on the floor. Somehow, the ball finds its way through, but goes straight at de Gea.
87' Sheriff now have a free-kick in a shooting position after Casemiro clips the heel of Radeljic.
87' Casemiro crashes into Mudasiru and gives away a free-kick inside the United half.
85' Elanga and Fernandes combine with a one-two inside the box with the former having a low cross cleared by Radeljic.
83' Martinez looks for Elanga with a chipped ball forward but the ball is intercepted.
A. Elanga
Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United
81' Substitution for United. Ronaldo is replaced by Elanga.
M. Salifu
I. Atiemwen
81' Substitution for Sheriff. Atiemwen is replaced by Mudasiru.
81' Badolo looks for Kyabou but his cross is too high and evades the head of everyone in the box.
80' Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has lost only two of his 20 away matches in major European competitions as a manager (W12 D6), against Getafe in February 2020 and Liverpool in December 2020.
79' Ronaldo and Shaw combine. The defender puts a cross into the box that is cleared away by Radeljic.
78' Fernandes finds Shaw bursting down the left but the England international can only find Radeljic with his cross.
77' Atiemwen brings down Casemiro but no foul is given. The Sheriff man must be careful as he is on a yellow card.
75' Badolo shoots from distance with his effort going straight at de Gea who does not have to move from the middle of his goal.
A. Ouattara
73' Substitution for Sheriff. Ouattara is replaced by Pernambuco.
Felipe Vizeu
I. Rasheed
73' Substitution for Sheriff. Ibrahim is replaced by Vizeu.
73' Martinez launches the ball forward to Sancho but the winger is offside but a distance. Sancho puts his thumbs up for the intent.
72' A cross from Antony is cleared away by the head of Kiki who dives low to direct the ball away from the Sheriff box.
72' Manchester United have now scored at least once in each of their last 16 away matches in European competitions (30 goals) since failing to net against AZ Alkmaar in October 2019, the longest such run in their history. Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in 11 of the 30 goals they’ve scored across the run (5 goals, 6 assists).
L. Shaw
Diogo Dalot
Manchester United
70' Substitution for United. Dalot is replaced by Shaw.
69' Malacia plays the ball back towards Ronaldo who shoots over from the edge. His strike came after intricate play between Sancho, Fernandes and Malacia.
68' United are looking to end Sheriff’s good run in the competition. They are currently unbeaten in five home matches in the Europa League (W3 D2). Before today, the Moldovan side had won their last two matches without conceding a goal, defeating Zlín and Braga.
66' Badolo aims a deep free-kick towards the United box but Ronaldo clears it away on the edge.
65' Antony looks for Fernandes down the right but his pass has too much pace on it and goes out for a goal-kick. The United captain claps the intent.
64' Eriksen and Fernandes combine before the pass from the captain towards Malacia is directed out for a corner.
I. Atiemwen
Yellow Card
63' Yellow card for Atiemwen after a challenge on Malacia.
62' Eriksen puts a corner into the box that is cleared away by the head of Radeljic.
60' Ibrahim gets onto the end of a loose pass from Malacia and looks to chip de Gea who was off his line. Running back towards his goal, the United goalkeeper tracks the path of the ball that loops onto the top of the net.
57' CHANCE! Eriksen's low cross from the left is taken away from Ronaldo by Radeljic who stretches to clear the ball. He would have had a simple finish from close range.
54' Malacia looks for Dalot with a chipped ball forward but the ball bounces out for a goal-kick. Nobody tracked the run of the defender, so he would have been in on goal if he could get into the end of the pass.
52' Sheriff are yet to trouble de Gea in the United net, with all seven of their shots being off target.
50' Badolo can't quite keep the ball under control outside the United box and is dispossessed by Eriksen.
49' Zohouri finds Ouattara who is bursting down the right but his cross is poor and goes straight at de Gea.
48' CHANCE! A low cross from Dalot finds an onrushing Fernandes inside the box who strikes the ball straight at Koval.
47' Diop looks for Ibrahim inside the box but his pass is misplaced with the ball rolling to de Gea.
46' The game is back underway for the second half.
S. McTominay
Manchester United
46' Substitution for United. McTominay is replaced by Casimiro.
Sheriff have done well at keeping Ronaldo isolated, with Kiki having an outstanding game. Despite his goal, Sancho has been relatively quiet so far, with Antony also struggling to get involved. If the home team want to halt United’s attack, they must shut down Eriksen when he gets possession of the ball, as he is currently dictating the game.
Manchester United lead Sheriff Tiraspol at the break. Despite an energetic start from the hosts, it was United who broke the deadlock through Sancho. Eriksen found the winger on the edge of the box after a one-two, with the former Borussia Dortmund man cutting the ball onto his left foot and drilling his shot into the bottom corner. One then became two for United, with Ronaldo scoring his first goal of the season. Stepping up to take a spot-kick after Dalot was brought down by Kpozo, the 37-year-old stroked the ball down the middle of the goal.
45' A volley from Diop is blocked by Malacia with the ball going out for a corner.
44' Ronaldo looks for Fernandes with a disguised pass but it has too much weight on it and rolls out for a goal-kick.
42' McTominay looks for Ronaldo once again, this time crossing from the left. Digging the ball out, his pass is too high and goes over the head of the striker.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Goal
Manchester United
39' GOAAALLLL! RONALDO SCORES! 2-0 UNITED! Ronaldo gets his first goal of the season. Taking responsibility for the penalty, the striker shoots the ball down the middle of the goal with Koval diving to the right.
P. Kpozo
Yellow Card
38' Kpozo gets a yellow card for his foul on Dalot.
38' PENALTY! Dalot is tripped inside the box by Kpozo when running onto a direct pass. Referee Pawel Raczkowski does not hesitate with the decision and points straight to the spot.
37' BIG CHANCE! Koval gives the ball straight to Antony who plays the ball into the path of Sancho. Positioned on the left, the winger curls the ball past the goalkeeper with Radeljic clearing the ball off the line.
35' Eriksen looks for Varane again from a free-kick. His cross bounces in the middle of the box with Koval collecting the ball on the second attempt.
33' BIG CHANCE FOR RONALDO! Antony finds Ronaldo with a lobbed ball over the top of the Sheriff defence. Running down the right side of the box, the striker smashes the ball over with Radeljic sliding in front of him.
32' Ibrahim wastes an opportunity for Sheriff, with a wild shot from distance going well wide.
32' Diop takes on Malacia down the right, cutting the ball onto his left foot before crossing the ball straight at Martinez.
30' Malacia drives a low cross into the path of Sancho who looks for Fernandes. However, the United winger is crowded out and losses possession.
28' Atiemwen curls the free-kick over the bar but also over the wall. De Gea had the shot covered.
28' Ouattara is fouled by Martinez after the defender runs into him from behind. Sheriff have a free-kick in a shooting position.
27' Eriksen's cross is met by Varane who heads the ball well over the bar.
26' United have a free-kick in a crossing position after Fernandes is fouled. Eriksen to take.
24' McTominay looks for Ronaldo with a cross in from the right but Kiki clears away with a header.
23' JUST WIDE! Badolo cuts inside from the right before shooting from distance. His bouncing effort goes just wide, with de Gea moveless in the middle of the United goal.
20' Dalot looks for a cross into the box but puts too much power on it with Sheriff gaining possession.
C. Eriksen
Manchester United
17' Eriksen's pass goes straight into the path of Sancho, who shaped to shoot on his right before scoring with his left. It's Eriksen's second assist against Sheriff, having got one while playing for Tottenham in the Europa League.
J. Sancho
Manchester United
17' GOAAAALLL! SANCHO SCORES! 1-0 UNITED! United lead through Sancho. Eriksen plays the ball to the winger on the edge of the box, who switches the ball onto his left foot and drives the ball into the bottom right corner.
15' Kiki and Ronaldo get into another battle. This time its Martinez who chips a ball towards the striker, who let the ball bounce in front of him. Looking to shoot, Kiki nudges him with the ball going out for a goal-kick. Ronaldo goes down looking for a penalty but nothing is given.
14' McTominay plays a low pass into the path of Ronaldo on the edge of the box. However, the ball is intercepted by Kiki who runs away with possession.
12' Diop shoots from distance but the ball goes well over the bar. De Gea never looked worried about the destination of the strike.
11' Malacia pulls down Ouattara who was bursting down the right.
11' Sheriff started the brightest out of the two sides but United have taken the sting out of the game and are dictating the tempo by retaining possession.
9' Ronaldo looks forward but has a pass intercepted Badolo before fouling the Sheriff player looking to win the ball.
7' Diop crosses the ball into the box from the right but Varane anticipates it and heads away.
4' Ibrahim presses de Gea and forces the United goalkeeper to pass the ball out for a throw-in.
3' This is the first time in Manchester United’s history that they will face a side from Moldova. Meanwhile, they have won their last two matches when facing a team for the first time in Europe, beating Granada and Atalanta in 2021.
1' Manchester United gets this Europa League clash underway.
This will be the first competitive meeting between Sheriff Tiraspol and Manchester United. Sheriff’s only previous meeting with an English opponent came in this competition back in 2013-14, losing home and away to Tottenham Hotspur during the group stages. Christian Eriksen played in both matches, registering an assist in the away game.
Ten Hag makes five changes to the side that was defeated by Sociedad last time out. Varane and Martínez replace Maguire and Lindelof in the middle of the United defence, with McTominay coming in for Casemiro in midfield. Fred and Elanga also make way for Sancho and Fernandes with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all out of the squad.
Sheriff makes seven alterations to the team that beat Milsami in their previous match. Keston Julien, Steve Ambri, Guedes, Heron, Darankoum, Mudasiru and Pernambuco are replaced by Radeljic, Kpozo, Zohouri, Kyabou, Diop, Ouattara and Atiemwen. However, their team is unchanged when comparing their starting side against Nicosia.
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: Tom Heaton, Zidane Iqbal, Charlie McNeill, Casemiro, Radek Vitek, Alejandro Garnacho, Harry Maguire, Fred, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Anthony Elanga.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia; Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen; Antony, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho; Cristiano Ronaldo.
SHERIFF TIRASPOL SUBS: Felipe Vizeu, Salifu Mudasiru, Pernambuco, Serghei Pascenco, Renan Guedes, Heron, Abdoul Darankoum, Dumitru Celeadnic.
SHERIFF TIRASPOL (4-3-3): Maksym Koval; Armel Junior Zohouri, Gaby Junior Kiki, Stjepan Radeljic, Patrick Kpozo; Cedric Badolo, Moussa Kyabou, Mouhamed Diop; Rasheed Ibrahim, Iyayi Atiemwen, Iyayi Atiemwen.
As for United, they lost to Real Sociedad in their Europa League opener, with a penalty from Brais Mendez enough to sink the Red Devils. In the Premier League, Erik ten Hag’s side have won all four of their previous games and currently sit fifth in the league. United last played in the Europa League during the 2021/22 season, where they lost to Villarreal in the final.
Sheriff got their Europa League campaign off to a successful start, beating Omonia Nicosia 3-0 away from home. Leading the group, they are also at the top of the Moldovan Super Liga, winning five and drawing two of their opening seven games. Six points clear at the top of their domestic league, Stjepan Tomas’ side beat Milsami Orhei last time out and are on course for their eighth consecutive title. Last season, Sheriff were eliminated at the knockout round play-off stage of the Europa League, losing to Braga.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary for the Europa League clash between Sheriff Tiraspol and Manchester United.