Ronaldo dedicates victory to Manchester United… and Barcelona revives his hopes in the Champions League


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          <p>Manchester United achieved a valuable "Remontada" against Italy's Atalanta, after overturning their two-goal deficit to win 3-2, in the third round of the Champions League, which witnessed the return of the spirit to Barcelona, ​​​​with a first weak but important victory at the expense of Ukraine's Dynamo Kiev 1-0.  In other matches, Juventus and Chelsea achieved two wins over Russia's Zenit 1-0 and Sweden's Malmo 4-0 respectively, while Bayern Munich crushed Benfica's net 4-0.

The “Red Devils” owed their important victory in Group F to the goals of the trio Marcus Rashford in the 53rd minute. Harry Maguire in the 75th minute, and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the winning goal in the 81st minute. The Croatian Mario Pasalic scored in the 15th minute and Turkey’s Merih Demiral scored in the 29th minute. Atalanta. Thus, United led its group with six points from three matches, and Atalanta was behind it with four points, a single goal difference from Villarreal of Spain, who won their first victory in the competition at the expense of Swiss Young Boys 4-1. With this victory, Manchester United regained its strong performance that allows its Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sighed with relief, as any possible loss would have put his fate under the guillotine.

“I think we played well in the first half, but we had two chances and two goals conceded,” Solskjaer said. He added: “(The players) did not stop believing, they always tried everything,” praising Ronaldo a lot by saying: “He is very good in front of goal and if anyone wants to criticize him for his work or his behavior, let him watch this match, as if he was running Everywhere”. Rashford’s goal was the 300th for United in all competitions led by Solskjaer, although the English team failed to keep a clean sheet at home in 12 consecutive matches, the longest streak for the “Red Devils” since February 1964 (13 matches). Maguire also scored his first European goals with his team.

In the second match in the same group, Villarreal of Spain achieved its first victory in the competition this season by dropping its host Young Boys 4-1. Jeremy Pino opened the scoring for the winner in the sixth minute, and international striker Gerard Moreno added two goals in the 15th and 88th minutes, before the Nigerian substitute Samuel concluded Chukwueze Quartet. And scored for the Congolese loser Mishak Elia in the 77th minute.

Barcelona revived its hopes of qualifying from the group stage, after achieving its first victory, and it came at the expense of its Ukrainian guest, Dynamo Kiev, 1 – zero, in the fifth group competition. The Catalan club owes the three points to the old guard, its defender Gerard Pique, who scored the winning goal in the 36th minute. At the age of 34 years and 260 days, Pique became Barcelona’s top scorer in the continental competition, and equaled the number of Brazilian Roberto Carlos as the most prolific defender with 16 continental goals.

On the other hand, Pique’s teammate, Gavi, at the age of 17 years and 76 days, became the second youngest player in the history of the Catalan club to start in the Champions League behind Ansu Fati, who achieved this feat at the age of 16 years and 321 days against Borussia Dortmund in September 2019.

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman managed to win his second bet in a crucial week, which saw him beat Valencia 3-1 in the league, and he will meet in his third bet with his arch-rivals Real Madrid in the first “El Clasico” between them this season next Sunday. Barcelona boosted its hopes of qualifying for the next league by abandoning the bottom of the standings for Dynamo Kiev in particular, after raising its score to 3 points, one point behind Benfica, who fell 4-0 to its guest, Bayern, the group leader with the full mark with 9 points from 3 victories. “We don’t have the right to waste so many chances,” Koeman said after his team’s victory. We play chances to stay in the competition and get lost in the attack.” “The attackers have to understand better,” he added. In a match like this evening, it would have been a fair 3-0 or 4-0 result.”

In the second match in the group, Bayern continued the full mark with four goals in the second half, and Leroy Sane alternated with two goals in the 70th and 85th minutes, and the Brazilian substitute Everton Cipollina from an own goal in the 80th minute and the Polish Robert Lewandowski in the 82nd minute. He raised his score to 5 goals in continental competition this season. Bayern is considered the node of Benfica in the history of European cups, as the latter has never defeated the Bavarian in 10 meetings between them (before this evening) between 1976 and 2018, where they tied in 3 matches and received 7 defeats. Bayern has maintained a series of 20 unbeaten matches away from home in the parent competition, during which it has achieved 16 wins and 4 draws, since the loss to Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 in September 2017. Note that he scored 58 goals during this series.

Italy’s Juventus beat its host Zenit St Petersburg, Russia, with a clean goal, in the Group H competition, which saw Chelsea’s review of its Swedish guest Malmo 4-0. After a disastrous start to the impact of Ronaldo’s departure, and two of his three league matches, the “Old Lady” team regained its luster. Swede Dejan Kulusevsky scored the only goal of the match in the 86th minute. Juventus raised its score to 9 points with a full mark in the lead, while Zenit’s balance froze at three points in third place.

As for Chelsea, which Juventus did a great service, it compensated for its loss against the Italian team in the previous round, by sweeping its Swedish guest at Stamford Bridge 4-0. This easy victory for German coach Thomas Tuchel’s men came with goals from Andreas Christensen in the 9th minute, who scored his first goals with “The Blues” after 137 appearances, and Italian Jorginho in the 21st and 57th minutes from penalty kicks and German Kai Havertz in the 48th minute. Chelsea raised their score to six points In second place, Malmo is bottom without points. But the match was not without setbacks for Chelsea, as the German strikers Timo Werner and the Belgian Romelu Lukaku were injured, and therefore the upcoming matches may be difficult for the Blues in the absence of their strikers.

In other matches, Austria’s Salzburg consolidated its lead in Group G after beating its German guest, Wolfsburg 3-1, and was close to qualifying for the next round. The hosts’ hat-trick, Karim Adeyemi in the 3rd minute, and the Swiss Noa Okafor, two goals in the 65th and 77th minutes, while Lucas Nemesha scored the honorary goal for the guest in the 15th minute. Salzburg raised its lead to 7 points from two wins and a draw, 4 points ahead of the Spanish runner-up Seville. Which fell into the trap of sharing points for the third time in a row, after a goalless draw against French Lille, while the latter climbed to third place with two points and a goal difference from Wolfsburg, which fell to the last place.


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