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United and Cristiano put out a fire

United and Cristiano put out a fire

Manchester United was on the ropes when they went into the break losing 0-2 at Old Trafford against Atalanta, but a great resumption, with goals from the English Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire and the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, with a header in the 81st minute , gave Ole Gunnar Soskjaer’s men a pivotal 3-2 win to storm the solo lead in Group F.

It was Cristiano again, helped by his compatriot Bruno Fernandes, who was in charge of rescuing Manchester United. After signing in the last gasp of the appointment with Villarreal the target of the final 2-1, this Wednesday he appeared ten minutes from the end with a powerful header that earned the lead and punished an Atalanta who savored the idea of ​​prevailing in a stadium legendary after an excellent first half.

After three days, United leads the group with six points, two more than Atalanta and Villarreal, and three more than Young Boys, with whom the Red Devils lost in their debut, despite another target from Cristiano, who has six in eight games since returning to Old Trafford.

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Without the injured Frenchman Raphael Varane, nor his compatriot Paul Pogba, who was removed from the starting lineup by Solskjaer, United paid in the first half for Atalanta’s largest organization, which jumped onto the Old Trafford pitch with clear ideas and the desire to surprise.

United created a large volume of opportunities, but did so with individual plays, in particular thanks to the fantasy of Bruno Fernandes, while Atalanta did so with the strength of the group.

The Bergamo team broke the equality with a great play, in which the Slovenian Josip Ilicic released Davide Zappacosta with a great pass into the hole so that the Italian hung the low center that Pasalic took advantage of to overcome De Gea.

The Spanish goalkeeper could do nothing against Pasalic, and also against Demiral’s powerful header, completely forgotten by the United defense, in a corner kick that caused Atalanta to 2-0.

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United were on the ropes, but Solskjaer’s men managed to increase the level and, despite wasting two excellent opportunities on the brink of halftime, with Rashford and Fred, they sealed a great comeback at the restart, also conditioned by the injury that forced the Atalanta to replace their defensive leader Demiral.

A masterful assist from the outside of Bruno Fernandes’ right leg opened the way for Rashford’s 1-2, seven minutes into the second half, and United completely changed the inertia of the clash.

Scotsman Scott McTominay shook the wood shortly afterwards and Argentine goalkeeper Juan Musso made three huge saves to oppose shots from Cristiano and Bruno Fernandes, but the Bergamo wall would collapse in the final quarter hour.

Maguire, when he finished off a cross from Bruno Fernandes, made it 2-2 in the 75th minute and Cristiano, in the 81st minute, scored a header for the final 3-1 after a Luke Shaw cross.

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– Data sheet:

3 – Manchester United: De Gea; Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred (Matic, m.88), McTominay (Pogba, m.67); Greenwood (Sancho, m.73), Fernandes, Rashford (Cavani, m.67); Christian.

2 – Atalanta: Musso; Palomino, De Roon, Demiral (Lovato, m.46); Zappacosta, Freuler, Koopmeiners (Pezzella, m.81), Maelhe; Pasalic (Malinovsky, m.67); Muriel (Zapata, m.56), Ilicic (Miranchuk, m.67).

Goals: 0-1, m.15: Pasalic; 0-2, m.29: Demiral; 1-2, m.53: Rashford; 2-2, m.75: Maguire; 3-2, m.81: Cristiano.

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL). He showed yellow cardboard to Shaw (m.64), Matic (m.93) and Cavani (m.95), from Manchester United, and to Lovato (m.55), Pasalic (m.57), De Roon (m.58 ) and Palomino (m.80), from Atalanta.

Incidents: Match corresponding to the third day of group F of the Champions League played at Old Trafford before about 70,000 spectators. EFE (HN)

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