Record man Rooney lifts Man United

Rooney claims a piece of club his­tory

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Wayne Rooney claimed a piece of club his­tory as he set Manch­ester United on the way to a 4-0 Europa League win over Feyeno­ord on Thurs­day that saw them close on the last 32. Rooney got the open­ing goal against the Dutch side at Old Traf­ford to score for the 39th time in Europe, match­ing Ruud van Nis­tel­rooy's club record. He is now only one goal away from equal­ing Bobby Charl­ton's all-time club scor­ing record of 249 goals af­ter set­ting United on the way to a wel­come vic­tory. Juan Mata and Jesse Lin­gard also net­ted ei­ther side of an own goal by Brad Jones and United now need only draw away to Zo­rya Luhansk in their fi­nal Group A match to qual­ify. "It was a good win. We are pleased to get four goals," Rooney said.

"The se­cond goal killed the game. At 1-0 you never know what can hap­pen. It's a great feel­ing to score goals for this club. I am pleased and there is plenty more to come." Fener­bahce are top of the sec­tion af­ter beat­ing the Ukrainian side 2-0 in Is­tan­bul with se­cond-half goals by Miroslav Stoch and Si­mon Kjaer. Mean­while, Southamp­ton's hopes of reach­ing the knock­out rounds re­main in the bal­ance af­ter Claude Puel's side lost 10 away to Sparta Prague in the Czech Repub­lic. A soli­tary firsthalf goal by Zim­bab­wean full-back Costa Nhamoinesu, fir­ing a Borek Dockal free-kick past Fraser Forster, was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides at the Gen­er­ali Arena.

"I think we played a good first half with­out a clin­i­cal edge, but af­ter we lost the struc­ture in the se­cond half to keep our calm. It was not enough to win this game," said Puel. Southamp­ton could have clinched qual­i­fi­ca­tion in dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances but in­stead they now face a de­ci­sive fi­nal Group K game against Hapoel Beer-Sheva at St Mary's next month, while Sparta progress as group win­ners. "Now it's im­por­tant to keep our con­cen­tra­tion," added Puel. "We have to play a very good game for the next game at home to make sure we qual­ify, for the play­ers and fans."

In­ter out

In Is­rael, Hapoel came from two goals down to record a re­mark­able 3-2 win over In­ter Mi­lan, whose trou­bles con­tinue as they are elim­i­nated. Goals from Mauro Icardi and Marcelo Bro­zovic had the Ital­ian gi­ants in con­trol af­ter just 25 min­utes. How­ever, Brazil­ian striker Lu­cio Maran­hao re­duced the deficit on 58 min­utes and the Nige­rian An­thony Nwakaeme equal­ized from the penalty spot af­ter In­ter goal­keeper Samir Han­danovic had been sent off. Ex-Chelsea striker Ben Sa­har then came off the bench to score a stop­page-time win­ner at the Turner Sta­dium.Southamp­ton and Hapoel are level on seven points apiece and the Premier League side must ei­ther draw 0-0 or win on De­cem­ber 8 if they are to reach the last 32.

Else­where, Roma se­cured their place in the knock­out phase as win­ners of Group E af­ter Edin Dzeko net­ted a hat­trick in a com­fort­able 4-1 win at home to the Czech cham­pi­ons Vik­to­ria Plzen. Thir­teen of the 24 qual­i­fy­ing berths for the knock­out stage have been claimed with a round of group matches still to play, with 2012 fi­nal­ists Ath­letic Bil­bao also pro­gress­ing. The Basque side beat Ital­ian out­fit Sas­suolo 3-2 at San Mames, with Raul Gar­cia and Inigo Lekue net­ting ei­ther side of a strike from the vet­eran Aritz Aduriz.

Ath­letic join Bel­gians Genk in qual­i­fy­ing from Group F, while APOEL of Cyprus and Greek cham­pi­ons Olympiakos are now through from Group B and both An­der­lecht and Saint-Eti­enne progress from Group C. Krasnodar of Rus­sia were the other team to clinch their place in the last 32 on Thurs­day af­ter a 1-1 draw at home to Salzburg se­cured thanks to a late goal by Fe­dor Smolov. Krasnodar will fin­ish se­cond in Group I be­hind Schalke, who de­feated Nice 2-0 in Gelsenkirchen to make it five wins from five. The French league lead­ers are elim­i­nated af­ter Yevhen Kono­plyanka and Den­nis Aogo got Schalke's goals, the lat­ter from a penalty. — AFP

MANCH­ESTER: Manch­ester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney (right) chips the ball over Feyeno­ord’s Aus­tralian goal­keeper Brad Jones (left) to score the open­ing goal dur­ing the UEFA Europa League group A foot­ball match be­tween Manch­ester United and Feyeno­ord on Novem­ber 24, 2016. — AFP

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