Two goals in the final five minutes for Manchester United kept their champions league hopes alive as came from behind to defeat Italian champions Juventus 1-2 in Turin last night, after former player Cristiano Ronaldo had scored an exceptional goal against his former employees.
Jose Mourinho’s side have made a bit of a habit of come backs in 2018, with the Manchester derby at the end of last year and more recently their wins over Newcastle and Bournemouth how none of them brought about the reaction after the final whistle in Italy.
With senses reminiscent of their Champions League trophy success and their two late goals against Bayern Munich in 1999, United fans rejoiced in the win against a side that had not conceded a goal in their opening three champions league games.
For most of the game, the United fans were quite as Juventus had the majority of procession, although they were struggling to open up the Red Devils defence, until a little bit of magic from Ronaldo opened the door for Sami Khedira who’s effort hit the post. Minutes later it was Paulo Dybala who was unlucky after he had cut inside and sent a curling shot towards goal only to be denied by the woodwork. While David De Gea had previously produced an superb save to deny Juan Cuadrado’ s effort after it took a wicked deflection of the leg of Nemanja Matic.
However, United’s luck couldn’t hold out and when Bonucci sent a perfectly weighted pass towards Ronaldo the five time Ballon d’Or winner showed excellent technique to control the ball before sending a volleyed shot past de Gea for his first Champions league goal for the Italians.
At the other end Jose Mourinho’s man had struggled to make any impact towards the Juventus goal, but when substitute Juan Mata took a rare opportunity from a free kick with minutes remaining, the midfielder sent the ball flying past Juventus goal keeper Wojciech Szczesny to level the scores.
From their United pushed for the much needed win and with a minute of injury time remaining Ashley Young sent a set piece into the Juventus box, before the scramble saw defender Alex Sandro bundle the ball into his own net giving the visitors a famous, if unlikely win.
With result see’s United stay second in the group, above Valencia who beat young boys 3-1 in their game.
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