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Champions League: Manchester United Stuns Juventus With 2 Late Goals

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Two late goals gave Manchester United a surprising 2-1 Champions League victory at Juventus on Wednesday despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring a stunning opener against his former club.

Juan Mata tied the score with a free kick in the 86th minute and Alex Sandro put in an own goal in the final minute of regulation time as United blew Group H wide open.

Juventus, which entered the game as the only team in the Champions League with a perfect record, remained atop Group H but is only two points ahead of United. Valencia, which earlier beat Young Boys 3-1, is two points further back.

United played better than it did when the two sides met in Manchester, where it was somewhat fortunate to lose by only 1-0, but Juventus had a number of opportunities and had already hit the woodwork twice before Ronaldo struck in the 65th minute.

Leonardo Bonucci floated a ball over the top of the defense and Ronaldo watched it over his shoulder before volleying into the top right corner.

Ronaldo is the record scorer in the Champions League with 121 goals, but this was his first in the competition for Juventus.

United was struggling to carve out clear scoring opportunities, but Mata hit a free kick into the top left corner with only a few minutes remaining, and that seemed to inspire José Mourinho’s side.

Minutes later, Marouane Fellaini flicked on a free kick and the ball ricocheted around near the far post before going in off Juventus defender Alex Sandro.

Mourinho then drew the ire of Juventus players as he walked onto the field and cupped his ear to crowd after the final whistle.

“I came here to do my job and I was insulted for 90 minutes,” Mourinho said. “I wouldn’t do that gesture again, but I don’t think I offended anyone and at the time it seemed like the appropriate response to those who had insulted all my family”

MANCHESTER CITY 6, SHAKHTAR DONETSK 0 Raheem Sterling went from the farcical to the sublime in helping Manchester City past visiting Shakhtar Donetsk.

Sterling provided the main talking point in another convincing victory when he stubbed his toe in the turf as he attempted a shot in the 24th minute and toppled over. The referee, Viktor Kassai, awarded a penalty despite there being no contact with a defender — much to the amazement of Shakhtar’s players — and Gabriel Jesus converted the kick for the first of his three goals on the night.

Sterling showed much more poise in scoring City’s third goal, picking up the ball about 40 yards out before powering through two defenders and curling a fierce shot into the top corner from the edge of the area in the 48th.

BAYERN MUNICH 2, AEK ATHENS 0 Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich beat visiting AEK Athens.

Lewandowski opened the scoring with a penalty in the first half and sealed the win in the second after a Bayern corner.

IN OTHER GAMES Roma won 2-1 at CSKA Moscow to stay tied with Real Madrid atop Group G … Madrid scored four times in the first half at Viktoria Plzen in a 5-0 win under the interim coach Santiago Solari … Lyon wasted a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw against visiting Hoffenheim … Ajax tied, 1-1, at Benfica.


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