UCL: C. Ronaldo’s Strike Secures Comeback For United; Chelsea, Barca Lose


A timely strike from Cristiano Ronaldo secured three points for Manchester United who came from a goal down to beat Villarreal 2-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

It is United’s first win in Group F following their Shock opening day loss to Young Boys.

Paco Alcacer opened the scoring for the Europa League champs in the 53rd minute, with Alex Telles hitting a superb volley to level the game on 60 minutes.

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And in the 95th minute, Ronaldo popped up to grab the winner and earn United their first three points.

The Red Devils are now in third spot on three points while Villarreal are bottom with just a point.

Serie A club Atalanta top the group on four points after edging second placed Young Boys 1-0.

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In Italy, Serie A giants Juventus pipped champions Chelsea 1-0 in Group H, thanks to Federico Chiesa’s early second half strike.

The first half saw a lot of Chelsea possession but few chances as neither team managed to find the back of the net by half-time.

But the 46th minute saw the first proper moment of action as Chiesa thumped Federico Bernadeschi’s through ball into the roof of Chelsea’s net which proved to be the winner.

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It’s now two wins out of two for Juventus who top the standings on six points and Chelsea second on three points.

Zenit, who hammered Innocent Bonke’s Malmo 4-0 in the group’s other fixture occupy third spot.

And in Portugal, Benfica inflicted more misery on Barcelona as they thrashed the Laliga giants 3-0 in Group E.

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A brace from Darwin Nunez (one from the penalty spot) and a strike from Rafa Silva, made it two group stage defeats for Barcelona.

With three minutes left in the game, Barcelona were reduced to 10 men after Eric Garcia received his second yellow card.

However, Barcelona are bottom of the group while Benfica are second on four points.

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Bayern Munich, who hammered Dynamo Kyiv 5-0 lead the group on six points.

And in other results, Salzburg beat Lille 2-1 and Sevilla held Wolfsburg to a 1-1 draw away.

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