Man Utd mount late comeback to beat Juventus
Last gasp goals from Juan Mata and an own goal from Alex Sandro canceled out Cristiano Ronaldo's brilliant opener to ensure Manchester United walked away with all three points with a 2-1 win over Juventus in a UEFA Champions League clash on Wednesday 7th November.
Manchester United started the brightest of the two sides but the early pressure fizzled off as they resorted to sticking behind the ball and hit Juventus on the counter. The first real chance of the game came in the 29th through Alexis Sanchez who has undergone a mini-resurgence but the Chilean missed Nemanja Matic’s cross by a whisker.
Cuadrado’s attempted cross was deflected by Matic in the 33rd minute but a smart reflex save by De Gea kept Jose Mourinho’s men at bay. The best chance of the opening half went in the way of Sami Khedira after a lovely cut-back cross from Ronaldo but the German could only find the upright with his effort.
Manchester United had the upright to thank once again when Paulo Dybala found a bit of space just at the edge of the 18-yard area and released a lovely curling effort that cannoned off the crossbar.
Just as his manager Massimiliano Allegri had predicted, former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a brilliant first-time volley in the 65th minute after Miralem Pjanic found the Portuguese with a pinpoint ball. Ronaldo didn’t hold back his emotions as he celebrated his first Juventus Champions League goal.
Juventus missed another guilt edge chance in the 74th minute when that man again Ronaldo set up Cuadrado but the Colombian skied his effort over.
Seven minutes after coming from the bench, Juan Mata leveled proceedings for Manchester United with a sumptuous free kick in the 86th minute. The goal becomes the first that Juventus have conceded in the Champions League this season.
Manchester United completed the turnaround in the 89th minute when Ashley Young's free-kick was turned in by Alex Sandro into his own net much to the celebration of The Red Devils players. Manchester United could have added a third in added time but Rashford could not bury his one on one. Jose Mourinho's men held on for the win to maintain their second spot on the group.