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Fenerbahce beats Manchester United despite historic Rooney bullet

Turkey Soccer Europa League

Manchester United’s Luke Shaw, center left, fights for the ball with Fenerbahce’s Jeremain Lens, center right, during a Europa League group A soccer match between Fenerbahce and Manchester United, in Istanbul, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. (AP Photo)

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  • Sow scores early shocker
  • United drops to 3rd
  • Rooney hits late laser

Fenerbahce scored a 2-1 win over visiting Manchester United at the Sukru Saracoglu in Europa League play on Thursday.

The loss puts more heat under Jose Mourinho, who got a good-looking late goal from Wayne Rooney. The tally was Rooney’s 38th for United in Europe, putting him level with Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Senegalese striker Moussa Sow scored after a minute’s play, and ex-Sunderland man Jeremain Lens netted a free kick for Dick Advocaat’s men.

A draw between Zorya Luhansk and 10-man Feyenoord means United sits third in Group A, as Fener and Feyenoord each have 7 points to the Red Devils’ six.

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Moussa Sow hit a 17-yard bicycle kick in between Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo, besting David De Gea barely 60 seconds into the match.

The old cliche of “bad to worse” came around half-hour into the match, as Paul Pogba left the match with an apparent leg injury.

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Fenerbahce doubled the lead on a free kick at the hour mark. Zlatan Ibrahimovic conceded the kick about 25 yards out, and David De Gea didn’t even more as Jeremain Lens swept a quick shot around the wall. 2-0

Emmanuel Emenike just missed a sliding goal that would’ve made it 3-0 in the 79th minute. Could Mourinho’s men find magic?

Rooney helped, burying a long shot in the 89th minute to make it 2-1. He then had a stoppage time header cleared off the line.

United several corners in stoppage time, but Volkan Demirel collected the last offering to save the day.

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Rooney’s goal made history for United.

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