Europa League: Arsenal Continue Winless Streak, United Also Beaten

Meanwhile, newcomer Wolverhampton Wanderers advanced into the next round.

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Europa League: Arsenal Continue Winless Streak, United Also Beaten

Daichi Kamada scored twice in the second half as Eintracht Frankfurt came from a goal down and stun Arsenal 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday.

The loss at Emirates Stadium extended Arsenal’s winless streak to seven games across all competitions — its worst run since 1992 — increasing the pressure on coach Unai Emery after a series of disappointing results.

Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada scores his second goal against Arsenal in their Europa League match between in London on Thursday.
(Photo: AP)
Kamada leveled the score 10 minutes into the second half with a low shot inside the far post as Frankfurt was pushing for an equaliser. After Arsenal failed to clear a corner nine minutes later, he found the back of the net from the edge of the area.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal the lead in the first-half stoppage time after Gabriel Martinelli sent a low cross for the striker to score with a shot that was deflected against the crossbar before going in.

Eintracht cut Arsenal’s lead atop Group F to a point, with Standard Liege three points back after drawing 1-1 with Vitoria.

Astana’s Abzal Beisebekov and Manchester United’s Tahith Chong challenge for the ball in Kazakhstan on Thursday.
(Photo: AP)

Manchester United had already qualified and could afford to field a youthful team against Astana, which came from behind to win 2-1 after benefiting from an own goal in the second half.

United defender Di’Shon Bernard, one of three teenagers who made their senior debut for the English team, deflected a shot by Antonio Rukavina into his own net in the 62nd minute.

It was the first loss of the Europa League campaign for United, which had already secured a spot in the knockout stage and leads Group L with 10 points.

Astana is last despite earning its first three points.

Jesse Lingard marked his first game as United captain with a low shot from outside the area for his first goal of the season 10 minutes into the game, which was played on an artificial surface.

Dmitri Shomko equalized for Astana in the 55th, the first goal United had conceded in the campaign, just seconds after another teenager, Tahith Chong, failed to hit an open net from close range at the other end.

Ethan Laird and Dylan Levitt also made their first start in a United team that had an average age of 21.6 years, including 36-year-old goalkeeper Lee Grant.
The average age of the Manchester United squad was 21.6 years, including 36-year-old goalkeeper Lee Grant.
(Photo: AP)

Meanwhile, newcomer Wolverhampton Wanderers and Braga both progressed with a game in hand after the two sides drew 3-3.

Wolfsburg, Gent, Alkmaar, Sporting, LASK and APOEL also all secured a spot in the next round.

Borussia Mönchengladbach and Roma closed in on advancement after away wins while Lazio remained in contention.

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