Champions League

Manchester United come from behind to secure 2-1 win against Juventus in Turin

A Juan Mata free-kick and an Alex Sandro own goal was enough to give Manchester United the victory at the Allianz  Stadium.

After a goal-less first half, it was former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo with a stunning strike to put the home side ahead.

Leonardo Bonucci found the run of Ronaldo, who volleyed home with David De Gea unable to react.

But Juan Mata stepped up when it mattered and put United back on level terms with a wonderful free kick in the 86th minute.

Just three minutes later, Ashley Young curled in a dangerous cross which Wojciech Szczęsny was unable to deal with, it bounced off Alex Sandro and into the back of the net.

The Reds now sit second in Group H, just two points behind leaders Juventus.

Juventus have had an impressive start to their 18/19 Champions League campaign, winning all three of their previous fixtures and not conceding a single goal.

The home side had their chances throughout the first half, their best coming from a Ronaldo pull-back in the 35th minute which saw Sami Khedira’s shot bounce off the post.

The defeat would’ve been a huge disappointment to Allegri’s side after a dominant display and a world-class strike from their star man, Ronaldo.

But as we’ve seen a lot so far this season, Mourinho’s side dug deep and were able to capitalise on late chances, securing an 89th minute winner.

The United boss spoke very highly of his players after the game: “I know millions are happy with the win. But I respect Juventus and the quality they have. I am really proud of my boys because they did everything.”

“We had to come and not feel inferior. We were in a situation where we thought we needed to go to the last second of the match. The boys started really well and things were under control.”

Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo – despite his side suffering an unfortunate defeat, it was a moment of brilliance from the Portuguese international that put them ahead.

After signing for Juventus for £99.2m in the summer, Ronaldo proved yet again why he is regarded as the best in the world, with his stunning volley winning him his first goal for the Italian side in the Champions League.

Ronaldo was a constant threat, but it was a testament to the solid defensive work from the Reds that nothing came from the chances.

 

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