Ronaldo Rescues Point for Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue again as Manchester United drew 2-2 against Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League.
The 36-year-old Portuguese scored in added time to level scores after United had gone one goal down in the first half with Ronaldo scoring the equaliser, the feat he repeated again at the death.
“It was a difficult game but we believed until the end. I helped my team to get one point and I’m so happy,” said Ronaldo. “We never give up. We believe until the end and it’s a good result for us.”
Ronaldo has scored in all his side’s group games this season, netting late winners against Villarreal and at home to Atalanta, before his double at a lively Gewiss Stadium.
It was his 127th goal in 303 games in all competitions for Manchester United and he becomes the oldest player to score two or more in one game for the club in European competition.
The 36-year-old is also the first player to score in four consecutive Champions League appearances for the club since Ruud van Nistelrooy in April 2003.
“We all have our roles and responsibilities,” said Solskjaer. “He is a leader.
“He does provide those moments. I am sure Chicago Bulls didn’t mind having Michael Jordan. I know votes are coming up, Cristiano is getting better and better for us.”
Speaking to BT Sport, Solskjaer added: “Cristiano is just incredible.
“That’s what he does and if there’s anyone you want the chance – and a difficult chance – to go to in the last minute it is him. His technique on that volley was incredible.”
Barcelona Scale Through
Though without a substantive manager, Barcelona defeated Dynamo Kiev 1-0 away from home. It was a 2-1 win for Wolsfburg against RB Salzburg.
Villareal defeated Young Boys 2-0 while Seville lost 1-2 at home to Lille.
Elsewhere last night, reigning European champions Chelsea moved closer to the last 16 of the Champions League with a hard-fought win over Malmo in Sweden.
The Blues eventually went ahead when Hakim Ziyech converted at the back post after 56 minutes following an excellent cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi.
In another strong defensive display from Thomas Tuchel’s side, Chelsea denied the hosts a single shot on target.
Chelsea now have nine points after four matches in Group H and are three points behind Juventus, who booked their place in the last 16 with two games to spare when they beat Zenit St Petersburg.