Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo saves Manchester United, Chelsea cruise and Barcelona win to stay alive

Cristiano Ronaldo headed in an 81st-minute winner as Manchester United got here from two objectives down to beat Atalanta 3-2 in a pulsating Champions League Group F at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Mario Pasalic put Atalanta forward within the fifteenth minute, delivering Davide Zappacosta’s low ball from shut vary and United, with only one win of their final 5 video games in all competitions, appeared drained of perception.

It was no nice shock when the Italian aspect doubled their lead within the twenty ninth minute with Merih Demiral rising on the close to publish to look in an angled header from a Teun Koopmeiners nook.

Fred and Marcus Rashford missed good probabilities for United earlier than the break however the residence aspect acquired themselves again into the sport within the 53rd minute.

A intelligent ball from Bruno Fernandes allowed Rashford to minimize in from the left and he picked his spot with a shot into the far nook.

United drew stage when Harry Maguire drilled the ball residence on the again publish after the stationary Atalanta defence failed to intercept a Fernandes ball throughout the field.

Then got here the winner as Luke Shaw whipped in an outstanding cross from the left and Ronaldo rose fantastically to completely place a header previous Musso.

United prime the group after three video games on six factors with Atalanta and Villarreal two factors behind.

Bayern rout Benfica

Bayern Munich routed Benfica 4-0 with late objectives together with one from Robert Lewandowski after standout saves by Manuel Neuer within the Lisbon stadium the place they received the 2020 title 14 months in the past.

Chelsea hammer Malmo

Chelsea cruised to a 4-0 win over Sweden’s Malmo in Group H of the Champions League on Wednesday in a one-sided contest settled by objectives from Andreas Christensen and Kai Havertz and two penalties transformed by Jorginho.

Chelsea’s Jorginho scores his aspect’s second purpose from a penalty throughout the Champions League group H soccer match towards Malmo on the Stamford Bridge (Image Courtesy: AP)

But the win got here at a worth for the European champions – who have been looking for to bounce again from a 1-0 defeat by Juventus of their earlier group sport – as strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner each hobbled off within the first half.

Pique saves Barcelona

Barcelona lastly acquired a win, 1-0 towards Dynamo Kyiv, to finish some undesirable historic streak for the membership and stay involved within the group led by Bayern.

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique celebrates together with his teammates after scoring his aspect’s first purpose throughout a Champions League group E match towards Dinamo Kyiv at Camp Nou (Image Courtesy: AP)

The 34-year-old Gerard Piqué scored his sixteenth Champions League purpose — tying the report for a defender — to guarantee Barcelona beat Dynamo Kyiv.

The win ended Barcelona’s five-game winless Champions League run and a membership report streak of three straight residence losses within the competitors.

Salzburg beat Wolfsburg

Salzburg was the opposite group chief in motion, beating Wolfsburg 3-1 with objectives from the type of younger forwards the Austrian champions excel at nurturing then buying and selling on.

Teenage Germany ahead Karim Adeyemi scored early earlier than 21-year-old Switzerland winger Noah Okafor scored twice within the second half.

Villarreal thrash Young Boys

Villarreal, which was overwhelmed by Ronaldo’s stoppage-time profitable purpose three weeks in the past, received 4-1 towards Young Boys to raise the Europa League champions from final to second within the group.

Lille held at residence by Sevilla

Lille have been held to a 0-0 residence draw by Sevilla on Wednesday to proceed their depressing winless Champions League run.

The French champions haven’t tasted victory in Europe’s elite membership competitors since 2012 and have received solely six of 41 Champions League video games. They sit in third place in Group G with two factors from three video games this season.

Sevilla are second on three factors after three consecutive stalemates, however the Spanish aspect haven’t misplaced away from residence within the Champions League of their final 9 matches.

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