CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Cristiano Ronaldo offers Manchester United a win on the wire against Villarreal (2-1)

It is for this kind of crazy evenings that Old Trafford is nicknamed the “Theater of Dreams”. While Manchester United was heading towards a draw that did not help his situation against valiant players from Villarreal, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared at the last second to slip the ball into the net (2-1), on the evening of his 178th match in the Champions League. The new record holder for the number of matches played gave the Red Devils the first European victory of the season, who are no longer in last place in Group F.

Tribute to Giggs, insult to Beckham: what does Old Trafford sing for Cristiano Ronaldo?

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And Old Trafford set ablaze, sank into sweet madness. Cristiano Ronaldo delivered a whole stadium of terrible expectation, in the 95th minute, when he took advantage of a poor clearance from the Spanish defense to deceive Geronimo Rulli and register his 136th achievement in the competition (2-1). Ten minutes earlier, Manchester United had still come close to the correctional point against Villarreal, but David de Gea kept his teammates afloat by leaving two consecutive strikes, including one at close range from Boulaye Dia (86th).

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Wednesday evening, the Spanish goalkeeper was the best player of his team, at least until the goal of the delivery signed by the brilliant N.7. In the first period, he repelled an axial strike from Arnaut Groeneveld (7th), deflected a new attempt from the Dutchman (10th), slammed a close-range header from Paco Alcacer (17th) over his bar and removed a shot of Yeremi Pino who took the direction of his small net (45th). Spanish determination ended up gaining the upper hand over De Gea after returning from the locker room, when Alcacer victoriously took over a cross from twirling Groeneveld (1-0, 53 ‘).

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A small event in the history of the meetings between Manchester United and Villarreal. Their four matches in the Champions League had ended in draws and virgin. Old Trafford, rather a place of miracles than Theater of dreams? One would almost come to think so after the crazy scenario of the meeting, and the equalizer of Alex Telles. At the fall of 18 meters from a free kick from Bruno Fernandes, the Brazilian side sent a resumption of an outside volley with his foot in the small net (1-1, 60th).

And while Edinson Cavani, who came into play in place of a good Paul Pogba, then Jesse Lingard harvested in front of Rulli (80, 90th + 3), Ronaldo wrote a new line in his story by saving his team. Surprised in Switzerland two weeks ago, Manchester United signed their first Champions League victory. The players of Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer will not travel to Bergamo – winner of the Young Boys earlier in the evening -, on October 20, in the skin of the red lantern of group F.

The joy of Mancuniens after Ronaldo’s goal against Villarreal

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