In stoppage time, Ronaldo crowns his record game
The latest superlative in Cristiano Ronaldo’s career seemed to be getting quite unadorned. But then the superstar had a late moment in the Champions League game against Villareal. Manchester United’s team thanked him afterwards.
VThere wasn’t much to see on him until shortly before the final whistle. It looked like it wasn’t going to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s day. The group game of the Champions League against FC Villareal more or less passed him by, his performance was to be assessed as pale in itself when the fifth minute of stoppage time broke.
It was 1-1 at Manchester United’s Old Trafford when Ronaldo turned it up again. He had first headed the ball to Jesse Lingard, then got it again on the right side, took heart, played his whole class and scored from an acute angle to make it 2-1. When the referee whistled, every Manchester player came to him – they knew who they ultimately had to thank.
Ronaldo had already set the next record in the Champions League at kick-off. He was on the field for the 178th time in the highest European competition in Villarreal on Wednesday evening. The hit crowned that. He had previously shared the record with former Spanish top goalkeeper Iker Casillas. After the 1: 2 opening defeat at Swiss champions Young Boys Bern and the intermittent goal by Paco Alcacer (53rd), the record scorer and United were under pressure on the second match day. Alex Telles initially equalized (60th), before the largely colorless Ronaldo struck.
Coach Ole Gunnar Solkskjaer only went to his knees for joy on the sidelines and then hugged Ronaldo happily on the pitch for seconds after the end of the game. In the stands, Manchester’s legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson applauded enthusiastically. With Ronaldo, it seems, the team is getting the old ManU style again: not always nice to look at, but mostly successful in the end – even if it is with a bit of a fuss. It seems like the 36 year old superstar is the piece of the puzzle the team has been missing in the past, like old Manchester United is gradually being brought back to life through him.
Juventus inflict painful defeat on Chelsea
Atalanta Bergamo had already prevailed 1-0 (0-0) against Bern in Group F. The home win of the Italians, in which Matteo Pessina scored the decisive goal, was overshadowed by the serious injury of the German national player Robin Gosens. He was injured after eleven minutes without any external influence, but a diagnosis has not yet been made. It is therefore questionable whether the 27-year-old Gosens can be nominated for the international matches against Romania (October 8) and North Macedonia (October 11) in the World Cup qualification. National coach Hansi Flick wants to announce his squad on Friday.
FC Barcelona is still in crisis. With the 0: 3 (0: 1) defeat at Benfica Lisbon, which Darwin (3rd / 79th / penalty) and Rafa (69th) sealed, the situation for coach Ronald Koeman is becoming more and more precarious. The Catalans had already lost their first game 3-0 against FC Bayern Munich, who defeated Dynamo Kiev 5-0 (2-0) in the parallel game in Group E, and are also weak in the Spanish league. To make matters worse, Eric Garcia also saw the yellow-red card (87.)
In the top game of Group H, Juventus Turin won 1-0 (0-0) against defending champions Chelsea. The Italian European champion Federico Chiesa caught the Londoners by surprise seconds after the restart. Zenit St. Petersburg beat Malmö FF from Sweden 4-0 (1-0). Claudinho put the home side in the front (9th), before Daler Kusjajew (49th), Alexei Sutormin (80th) and Wendel (90th +4) made things clear. The sovereign performance was favored by a dismissal against Anel Ahmedhodzic, who wanted to prevent a counterattack with his hands (53rd).
In addition, the German international Karim Adeyemi RB Salzburg secured a 2-1 (1-0) home win against OSC Lille. The 19-year-old scored two penalties (35th / 53rd). For the French, Burak shortened Yilmaz (62nd). The group opponents VfL Wolfsburg and FC Sevilla played 1: 1 (0: 0).