England’s Manchester United produced a stunning late comeback to beat Italian champions, Juventus 2-1 on Wednesday night in what could be a turning point in their UEFA Champions League campaign.
Juventus were within seconds of confirming their spot in the last 16 after Cristiano Ronaldo put them ahead in Turin with a superb volley in the 65th minute. This was after they had hit the woodwork twice through Khedira and Paulo Dybala.
Substitute, Juan Mata equalized for the Red Devils from an 86th-minute free-kick. The turnaround was completed in the 90th minute when Leonardo Bonucci scored an own-goal.
The result was however a major blow for Valencia of Spain, who are still two points behind in third place despite beating Switzerland’s Young Boys 3-1 at Mestalla in the other Group H match.
Santi Mina scored twice either side of a Roger Assale goal before Carlos Soler sealed the win for Valencia. With the loss, Young Boys, who had Sekou Sanogo sent off for a rough tackle on Coquelin have been knocked out.
In the other matches of the night, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, whose financial dealings have come under scrutiny in a series of Football Leaks allegations eased to their biggest win in the competition.
A Gabriel Jesus hat-trick, goals from David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez ensured that City crushed Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 to all but secure a last 16 berth.
City would have been through already had French side, Lyon not squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to a 10-man Hoffenheim of Germany side.
Defending champions, Real Madrid also won big. The Galacticos had no trouble crushing Czech Republic’s Viktoria Plzen, with Karim Benzema scoring his 200th goal for the club in a 5-0 triumph.
Their new interim coach, Santiago Solari has now overseen three victories, all with clean sheets since being put in charge of Madrid. The Spaniards are level on top of Group G with Italy’s AS Roma.
The Italians won 2-1 away to Russia’s CSKA Moscow with Kostas Manolas and Lorenzo Pellegrini scoring their goals either side of Arnor Sigurdsson’s second half equalizer. CSKA, who had Hordur Magnusson sent off in the match, still have a slim chance of qualifying but Plzen are out.
Meanwhile, Germany’s Bayern Munich need just one more point to advance in Group E after Robert Lewandowski netted twice, the first a penalty on his 100th European appearance in a 2-0 home win over AEK Athens who have been eliminated.
Netherland’s Ajax remain well placed to progress to the knock-out alongside Bayern. They are second, four points clear of third-placed Benfica after a 1-1 draw in Portugal. Jonas put Benfica ahead before Dusan Tadic equalized.