Europa: Uzoho Shines In Omonia Nicosia’s Defeat To Man United
Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was in inspiring form which unfortunately was not enough, as a late Scot McTominay goal sealed a 1-0 win for Manchester United against Omonia Nicosia in Group E of the Europa League.
Uzoho was only drafted in following injury to Omonia Nicosia first choice Fabiano and made saves after saves before he was eventually beaten in added time.
He made 12 saves, nine saved shots from inside the box, one punch and 53 touches.
In the early minute of the first half Uzoho went full stretch to punch Marcus Rashford’s goal bound curler away for a corner.
In the midway point Uzoho denied Rashford again this time in a one-on-one situation and pushed another strike from the English forward around the post.
And with less than 15 minutes left he denied Casemiro as he finger tipped the Brazilian’s long range effort against the cross bar.
Very early in the second half Uzoho stopped Antony and reacted quickest to stop Rashford’s rebound.
Few minutes later he denied Fred’s low shot inside the box and quickly gathered the ball before Cristiano Ronaldo could pounce.
With 20 minutes left Uzoho was called to action again this time stopping Ronaldo’s left foot strike at the near post.
On 82 minutes substitute McTominay tried a low long range strike but once again Uzoho got down to parry the shot away.
But third minute of injury time Uzoho was finally beaten by a low shot inside the box by McTominay after good play by Jadon Sancho.
It was Omonia’s fourth loss in the group which leaves them bottom while United are second on nine points.
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