Arsenal registered a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Dundalk in their second match of the Europa League played at Emirates on Thursday night.
Coach Mikel Arteta named a changed side for the match, with Alex Rúnarsson making his debut between the posts in place of Bernd Leno.
Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock too were recalled into the starting lineup, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, and Willian all on the bench.
It was smooth sailing though for the Gunners in the opening half, and were forced to work for their goals with the first coming in the 42nd minute.
Nketiah found himself in the right place at the right time to get to a rebound inside the box and gleefully rifled the ball into the right side of the goal.
The lead was doubled two minutes later as Willock, just like Nketiah, found some space inside the box to control another rebound and fired the ball into the top of the net, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Nicolas Pepe then added a third a minute after the restart, latching on to a pass before he unleashed a perfect strike from the edge of the box that went into the top right corner of the goal and past the goalkeeper.
The Gunners, who won last week away to Rapid Vienna, are atop their group on six points, same as Molde, who won at home to the Austrian side.
Three goals. Three points.— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 29, 2020
🔴 3-0 ⚫️ (FT)
Real Sociedad vs Napoli
The Italians picked their first win of the campaign thanks to a 2-0 win over Spanish club Real Sociedad.
Matteo Politano scored the opener in the 56th minute following a nice ball from Tiemoue Bakayoko, firing a shot from the edge of the box which took a massive deflection on its way to the back of the net.
In another match, 10-man Bayer Leverkusen were stunned away to Slavia Prague in a Group C clash.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men after Karim Bellarabi was shown a straight red in the 22nd minute, and the hosts took full advantage.
They should have taken the lead in the 65th minute, but Nicolae Stanciu missed a penalty with the keeper pulling a world-class save.
Nicolae Stanciu though got the goal that ensured them maximum points, planting a header from a corner ball with 10 minutes to go.
FULL TIME | Slavia 1-0 Leverkusen— SK Slavia Prague EN (@slavia_eng) October 29, 2020
First three points for the red-whites in the @EuropaLeague Group C! Narrow win against Leverkusen thanks to Olayinka's header!
🔴⚪️ 1-0 ⚫️🔴 #slab04 #UEL pic.twitter.com/Si3qLOSAVD
Full Time scores
- CFR Cluj 1-1 Young Boys
- Roma 0-0 CSKA Sofia
- Molde 1-0 Rapid Vienna
- Nice 1-0 Hapoel Beer’Sheva
- Slavia Prague 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
- Benfica 3-0 Standard Liege
- Granada 0-0 PAOK
- Omonia Nicosia 1-2 PSV
- AZ Alkmaar 4-1 Rijeka
- Real Sociedad 0-1 Napoli