Cristiano Ronaldo was the match’s hero on Wednesday night at Old Trafford, scoring a late victory for Manchester United against Villarreal.
When these two clubs played in the Europa League final in May, United lost on penalties, and Villarreal were even better here. They would have won handily if they hadn’t missed a series of first-half opportunities, and United only got going after Telles’ volley had drawn them level, the consequence of a brilliantly executed free-kick from Bruno Fernandes that Villarreal believed was unfair.
The Portugal forward scored a stunning 95th-minute goal to give the Red Devils a 2-1 victory in the Champions League matchday two duel.
Villarreal of Spain had taken the lead late in the first half, but United equalized on the hour mark and Ronaldo secured the triumph.
After losing their first game of the season against Young Boys a week ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team is third in Group F.
In the other game of the group, Atalanta defeated Young Boys 1-0 at home to maintain their four-point advantage, while Villarreal’s setback leaves them in last place in La Liga.
Barcelona, on the other hand, has had a terrible Champions League campaign thus far this season, having been thrashed 3-0 by Benfica of Portugal.
The Spanish giants were defeated 3-0 at home by Bayern Munich a week ago, and have now suffered two major defeats in a succession.