Two late objectives gave Manchester United a stunning 2-1 Champions League victory at Juventus on Wednesday regardless of Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring a surprising opener towards his former membership.
Juan Mata tied the rating with a free kick within the 86th minute and Alex Sandro put in an personal purpose within the closing minute of regulation time as United blew Group H huge open.
Juventus, which entered the sport as the one crew within the Champions League with an ideal document, remained atop Group H however is barely two factors forward of United. Valencia, which earlier beat Younger Boys Three-1, is 2 factors additional again.
United performed higher than it did when the 2 sides met in Manchester, the place it was considerably lucky to lose by solely 1-Zero, however Juventus had a variety of alternatives and had already hit the woodwork twice earlier than Ronaldo struck within the 65th minute.
Leonardo Bonucci floated a ball excessive of the protection and Ronaldo watched it over his shoulder earlier than volleying into the highest proper nook.
Ronaldo is the document scorer within the Champions League with 121 objectives, however this was his first within the competitors for Juventus.
United was struggling to carve out clear scoring alternatives, however Mata hit a free kick into the highest left nook with just a few minutes remaining, and that appeared to encourage José Mourinho’s aspect.
Minutes later, Marouane Fellaini flicked on a free kick and the ball ricocheted round close to the far put up earlier than entering into off Juventus defender Alex Sandro.
Mourinho then drew the ire of Juventus gamers as he walked onto the sector and cupped his ear to crowd after the ultimate whistle.
“I got here right here to do my job and I used to be insulted for 90 minutes,” Mourinho mentioned. “I wouldn’t do this gesture once more, however I don’t assume I offended anybody and on the time it appeared like the suitable response to those that had insulted all my household”
MANCHESTER CITY 6, SHAKHTAR DONETSK Zero Raheem Sterling went from the farcical to the chic in serving to Manchester Metropolis previous visiting Shakhtar Donetsk.
Sterling offered the principle speaking level in one other convincing victory when he stubbed his toe within the turf as he tried a shot within the 24th minute and toppled over. The referee, Viktor Kassai, awarded a penalty regardless of there being no contact with a defender — a lot to the amazement of Shakhtar’s gamers — and Gabriel Jesus transformed the kick for the primary of his three objectives on the night time.
Sterling confirmed way more poise in scoring Metropolis’s third purpose, choosing up the ball about 40 yards out earlier than powering via two defenders and curling a fierce shot into the highest nook from the sting of the world within the 48th.
BAYERN MUNICH 2, AEK ATHENS Zero Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich beat visiting AEK Athens.
Lewandowski opened the scoring with a penalty within the first half and sealed the win within the second after a Bayern nook.
IN OTHER GAMES Roma gained 2-1 at CSKA Moscow to remain tied with Actual Madrid atop Group G … Madrid scored 4 occasions within the first half at Viktoria Plzen in a 5-Zero win beneath the interim coach Santiago Solari … Lyon wasted a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw towards visiting Hoffenheim … Ajax tied, 1-1, at Benfica.