Manchester United were rescued by Cristiano Ronaldo yet again this evening as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner smashed in a late volley to salvage a 2-2 draw for the Red Devils against Atalanta in Italy.
Atalanta opened the scoring on Tuesday night Champions League encounter, with a goal from Josip Ilicic in the 12th minute, before Ronaldo provided Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side with a fighting chance on the stroke of halftime by rounding off a silky team move.
Despite the equaliser, Atalanta re-took the lead after Harry Maguire was awful in defence to give Duvan Zapata a chance to score in the 56th minute.
However, that was not to be all, as Ronaldo scored at stoppage time to equalise yet again against Atalanta.
Ronaldo chased the ball relentlessly in the 91st minute of the tie. Dribbled around the 18 yard area and it looked like United had been dispossessed but Mason Greenwood kept the ball in their court and then sprang into action to show his quality.
With the ball floating in the air, the 20-year-old managed to flick it across to Ronaldo, who drilled the ball into the bottom corner with a lovely volley from the edge of the area.
Meanwhile, United defender Raphael Varane came off injured in the first-half. This would be a potential disaster if he is missing for the derby on Saturday.
“He felt his hamstring. You can’t take any risks.” Solskjaer said about Varane’s injury although he didn’t give details on it’s gravity.
Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the Man of The Match and in a post-match interview he admitted that Manchester United need to improve after the Reds’ 2-2 draw against Atalanta. “It was a difficult game. When you play against Atalanta in Bergamo, it’s always difficult,” Ronaldo told BT Sport.
Watch Video of Ronaldo’s equaliser below:
The second batch of games in the Champions League this evening have all wrapped now, and here are the final scores: Atalanta 2-2 Man Utd, Villarreal 2-0 Young Boys, Bayern 5-2 Benfica, Sevilla 1-2 Lille, Juventus 4-2 Zenit.
Bayern have joined Juventus in the last 16 after their 5-2 thrashing of Benfica, where Robert Lewandowski (of course) scored a hat-trick.