Manchester United travels to Moldova to face Sheriff in the Europa League
Real Madrid’s previous campaign. Manchester United this year? When United visits Moldova in the second round of Europa League group matches, Sheriff Tiraspol will have another opportunity to take on one of Europe’s legendary teams. Sheriff notably made its debut on the international scene by defeating Madrid in the Champions League the previous season, despite not making it out of its group. It used to play in the small Sheriff Stadium in its secessionist homeland of Transnistria, which borders Ukraine, but due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, UEFA has prohibited Sheriff from playing there this season. Instead, United will travel to Chisinau, the nation’s capital, in the middle of Moldova, for a match that will take place at Zimbru Stadium.
United is under pressure after losing its first group match at home, 1-0, to Real Sociedad. The other major team in the Europa League is Arsenal, although it will not participate in the second matchday since their home match against PSV Eindhoven had to be postponed due to the lack of police resources after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. When it hosts HJK Helsinki, Jose Mourinho’s Roma will try to recover from a shocking defeat to the Bulgarian team Ludogorets last week.
EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE
In a tournament created to accommodate more locations traditionally left out of the Champions League action, the 16 games are distributed among the 15 nations hosting in the group stage. On Thursday, only Romania hosts two Europa Conference League matches: FCSB hosts Anderlecht, while Cluj hosts Sivasspor. Additionally, Latvia and Lithuania are represented by Zalgiris hosting Basel and RFS hosting Hearts, respectively.
Ballkani, the first Kosovo-based side to get past the group round of a UEFA competition, plays for Slavia Prague, where the final will be played in May. Both Villarreal and West Ham are on the road, playing at Silkeborg and Hapoel Be’er Sheva, respectively.