Inter stunned by Beer-Sheva, United beaten by Feyenoord

Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:30pm EDT
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By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - Three times European champions Inter Milan were stunned 2-0 at home by Israeli side Hapoel Beer-Sheva and Manchester United were floored by a late goal from Feyenoord as the Europa League group stage got underway on Thursday.

The Israeli champions scored twice through Miguel Vitor and Maor Buzaglo in the second half to silence a sparsely populated San Siro and inflict a painful defeat on Inter manager Frank de Boer in his first European game at the club.

Competition favorites United's trip to Rotterdam turned sour when Feyenoord's Tonny Trindade applied a slide-rule finish late in the second half to secure a 1-0 win in Group A following a poor display from Jose Mourinho's star-studded side.

Zenit St Petersburg pulled off one of the most impressive fightbacks in European competition history when they came back from 3-0 down against Maccabi Tel Aviv to win 4-3 with all the Russian side's goals coming from the 77th minute onwards.

AS Roma were held to a 1-1 draw at Viktoria Plzen, while fellow Italians Sassuolo, who are making their European debut, enjoyed a superb 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.


Beer-Sheva, playing in the Europa League after falling into Europe's second-tier competition following a Champions League playoff defeat by Celtic last month, largely dominated a sluggish Inter side.   Continued...

Football Soccer - Feyenoord v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Group Stage - Group A - De Kuip Stadium, Rotterdam, Netherlands - 15/9/16
Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks dejected at the end of the match
Reuters / Michael Kooren