Cristiano Ronaldo has saved an amazing draw for Manchester United against Atalanta in Bergamo, where the Portuguese star scored a second minute break to save a 2-2 draw.
Ronaldo had previously equalized in the first half break and canceled Josip Iličić’s opening time in the 12th minute.
Atalanta repeated the lead just before the hour through Duván Zapata, but could not hold on as Manchester United advanced in the chase for the equalizer.
That equalizer came when Ronaldo threw on a loose ball on the edge of the box and crashed home in the corner of the goal.
“We never give up, we think until the last minute, it’s a good result for us,” said Ronaldo.
“We still have to improve, we have different players, different system, we have to adapt to each other, but it will take time. We have time to improve and get better.”
The winner was Ronaldo’s fifth goal of the campaign and the fourth Champions League match in a row in which he has scored for Manchester United.
The late goal revealed several cracks for United’s under-fired coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær, whose team for long periods was played out by their Serie A opponents.
Elsewhere in the group, Villarreal beat the Young Boys 2-0 thanks to a goal in each half from Étienne Capoue and Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld.
Lewandowski’s hat-trick gets Bayern Muinch to qualify
In Group E, Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick, scored another goal and missed a penalty kick in his 100th Champions League appearance as Bayern Munich beat Benfica Lisbon 5-2 on Tuesday to cross into the knockout phase.
The Pole headed his first goal into the 26th minute and chipped in another goal just after the hour after also setting Serge Gnabry up for a sensational backheel kick in the 32nd.
The striker missed a penalty kick in the first half break, but closed his hat-trick in the 85th minute. That was his 81st goal in the competition.
Benfica reduced the deficit before the break with Morato’s header in the 38th minute, which was Bayern’s first goal in four Champions League matches, but an excellent Leroy Sane shot early in the second half had killed any hope of a comeback.
The visitors scored again in the 75th with Darwin Nunez.
Bayern are at the top with 12 points after their fourth victory in the group, where Benfica is stuck at four.
Barcelona moved into second place in six after beating Dynamo Kyiv, who are last with one point.
Ansu Fati scored a winner in the second half to increase Barcelona’s chances of advancing to the knockout rounds outside the injured and managerless.
Fati, who started his first Champions League start in almost a year, scored his third goal of the season with his shot in the 70th minute.
Chelsea break down stubborn Malmö
Elsewhere, Chelsea worked hard on the Swedish champions Malmö and won 1-0 thanks to a Hakim Ziyech attack in Sweden.
Chelsea, who hammered Malmö 4-0 when the teams met in London two weeks ago, are still number two in a row, behind leaders Juventus, who hammered Zenit St. Petersburg 4-2 in Turin.
Juventus reserved their place in the Champions League round of 16 with two group matches to spare after a double from Argentine striker Paulo Dybala plus goals from Federico Chiesa and Alvaro Morata.
Malmö, who have not yet scored a goal in this year’s group stage, remain bottomless without points. The defeat was their fourth in four games and means they can no longer reach the knockouts.
Malmö goalkeeper Johan Dahlin could not hide his disappointment when his team went empty-handed, despite delivering their best defensive performance to date in the group stage.
“I think defensively it went well, we have a game plan we followed, but they had a lot of chances. At the same time, I think we should have had a little more luck with our chances and gotten something out of it.” ” he said.
ABC / wires