Europa League roundup: United's loss at Astana highlights early kickoffs

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.

Early kickoffs

Group C

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.

Group L

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.

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