Matchday 5 of the Europa League is being contested on Thursday across three different kickoff times. Here’s a glance at what happened in the three early matches.
Swiss giants FC Basel already secured progression with a victory against Getafe on Nov. 7. Neither Getafe nor Russians Krasnodar could qualify on Matchday 5, and with the latter’s win over Basel paired with the Spaniards’ victory at last-placed Trabzonspor, both sides are locked on nine points before they faceoff on Dec. 12 in Madrid.
With qualification for the last 32 secured on Matchday 4, Manchester United opted for the club’s youngest-ever starting XI in a European competition proper for the 2-1 defeat at Astana.
Jesse Lingard scored his first goal in 307 days for the visitors before Dmitriy Shomko’s second-half effort and an own-goal from teenage debutant Di-Shon Bernard confirmed the Kazakh club’s first victory of the competition.