May 17, 2022, 3:31 am
Sports Desk /
Despite not winning against Atalanta, the team and the hero Cristiano Ronaldo turned away from defeat. After falling behind at the beginning, he pulled the balance. Later, he gave another goal to the backward team and brought a valuable point.
The ‘F’ group match in the Champions League was drawn 2-2 on Tuesday night at the Italian club’s ground. Atalanta scored two goals by Josip Ilyich and Duvan Zapata.
Ronaldo’s 81st-minute goal gave United a thrilling 3-2 victory after falling behind by two goals against the team on October 20. Atalanta did not show any possibility of revenge.
Attacks like ball possession were fought almost equally. In both cases, United were ahead by a narrow margin, but the hosts dominated the scoreline most of the time. They had four of their 10 shots on goal and four of United’s 13 shots.
United attack from the start of the match. Ronaldo’s shot from a distance in the 19th second goes though with the goalkeeper. They were almost getting the goal in the fourth minute; However, United midfielder Scott McTamin’s shot hit a defender’s leg and returned to the post.
Atalanta, who sent the ball into United’s net twice in the first 30 minutes, went ahead in the twelfth minute. Goalkeeper David De Hare is responsible for the goal. Hosts midfielder Ilicich’s low shot was in control, but he managed to jump.
United could have hit back four minutes later. However, Ronaldo could not get on his feet for a while after the ball ran through the Aaron One-Bisakar D-box. The goalkeeper came forward and took control of the ball.
Going forward, Atalanta also became confident. The team, known for its offensive football, has at times been intimidated by United’s defense.
United equalized in the first minute of added time in the first half. Bruno Fernandez entered the D-box with McTomin’s pass and extended Ronaldo to the right. Ronaldo passes Greenwood to his right, he finds Fernandez again. After that, the five-time best footballer of the year found the address with a low shot after getting the ball in the back heel of the national teammate.
Back at United, Ronaldo played four matches in the Champions League and found the net in each of them.
They could have gone ahead in the third minute of the second half. However, after getting Ronaldo’s pass in the D-box, Fernandez hit the opponent’s leg.
Atalanta went ahead again in the 56th minute. Increase the ball through the D-box over the Palomino defense. Japata ran to the left. Defender Harry Maguire tried to clear but couldn’t. The Colombian striker beat the goalkeeper with the first touch from the mouth of the six-yard box.
In the beginning, the offside whistle was blown, but after a long time, the decision was changed after verification in VAR. Atalanta’s players and supporters burst out in joy.
United fell behind again. Their attacks, their attempts to grab the ball quickly after losing possession, were all desperate.
Atalanta was also trying to widen the gap. They also got two good opportunities for that goal. Twice Zapata’s attempt failed; De Haye blocked a low shot five minutes after his head missed for the first time.
Ronaldo’s goal in the first minute of added time. The Portuguese star cheered the team on a strong Konakuni volley after Greenwood’s cutback came out of the D-box.
The number of record scorers in the best competition in Europe has increased to 139.
Despite losing points here, United have retained the top spot in the group. They have two wins in four matches and 7 points in one draw.
Villarreal, who beat Young Boys 2-0 in another match of the day, also have 7 points. Atalanta points 5 at number three.
Young boys below all with 3 points.