United stun Juve as City, Real en­joy big Champs League wins

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MANCH­ESTER United pro­duced a stun­ning late come­back to beat Ju­ven­tus 2-1 on Wed­nes­day in what could be a turn­ing point in their Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign, while a Gabriel Je­sus hat-trick helped Manch­ester City all but se­cure a last-16 berth.

Pep Guardi­ola’s City crushed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 on a night which saw Real Madrid also win big, as Bay­ern Mu­nich closed in on a place in the knock­out stage.

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.

The hosts had al­ready hit the wood­work twice be­fore that and should have been out of sight be­fore Juan Mata equalised from an 86th-minute free-kick.

The turnaround was com­pleted in the 90th minute when Leonardo Bonucci scored an own-goal, and United boss Jose Mour­inho de­lighted in tak­ing to the field at the end, cup­ping an ear to­wards the home sup­port.

The for­mer In­ter coach said it was a re­sponse to in­sults from Juve sup­port­ers, and United are now two points be­hind the Ital­ians in Group H.

“In a beau­ti­ful Ital­ian city, they in­sulted me for 90 min­utes. I didn’t in­sult them. I just made a lit­tle thing,” Mour­inho told BT Sport.

“It is a big vic­tory for us, not just be­cause we needed the points but be­cause it was away from home against an amaz­ing team.”

Con­tro­ver­sial Ster­ling penalty

The re­sult was a blow for Va­len­cia, who are still two points be­hind in third af­ter beat­ing Young Boys 3-1 at Mestalla.

Santi Mina scored twice ei­ther side of a Roger As­sale goal, be­fore Car­los Soler sealed the win. Young Boys, who had Sekou Sanogo sent off, can­not now qual­ify.

There was less drama at the Eti­had Sta­dium, where City – whose fi­nan­cial deal­ings have come un­der scru­tiny in a se­ries of Foot­ball Leaks al­le­ga­tions – eased to their big­gest win in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Goals from David Silva and Riyad Mahrez book­ended the vic­tory. In be­tween there was a stun­ner from Ra­heem Ster­ling, who was also awarded a penalty for kick­ing his own foot into the turf in the box.

Je­sus scored the spot-kick, the first of two penal­ties in his hat-trick. City will head to Lyon later this month re­quir­ing a draw to se­cure a last-16 place.

“Un­for­tu­nately we haven’t qual­i­fied, but we are so close and will try to main­tain this level,” said Guardi­ola, whose team play United on Sun­day.

City would have been through al­ready had Lyon not squan­dered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to 10-man Hof­fen­heim.

Na­bil Fekir and Tan­guy Ndombele had the French club 2-0 up at the break, and the Ger­mans had Kasim Nuhu sent off early in the sec­ond half.

But An­drej Kra­maric pulled one back and Lyon missed chances to se­cure the vic­tory be­fore Pavel Kader­abek’s stop­page-time equaliser.

Reign­ing Euro­pean cham­pi­ons Madrid had no trou­ble against Vik­to­ria Plzen in the Czech Repub­lic, with Karim Ben­zema scor­ing twice in a 5-0 win.

Real were four ahead at the break, Ben­zema’s goals tak­ing him to 200 for the club. Casemiro and Gareth Bale also net­ted in the first half, and Toni Kroos com­pleted the scor­ing with a de­li­cious chip.

San­ti­ago So­lari has now over­seen three vic­to­ries, all with clean sheets, since be­ing put in charge of Madrid, and the Spaniards are level atop Group G with Roma.

The Ital­ians won 2-1 away to CSKA Moscow, Kostas Manolas and Lorenzo Pel­le­grini scor­ing their goals ei­ther side of Arnor Sig­urds­son’s equaliser.

CSKA, who had Hor­dur Mag­nus­son sent off, still have a slim chance of qual­i­fy­ing, but Plzen are out.

Mean­while, Bay­ern re­quire 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 are elim­i­nated.

Ajax re­main well placed to progress too. They are sec­ond, four points clear of third-placed Ben­fica, af­ter a 1-1 draw in Por­tu­gal. Jonas put Ben­fica ahead be­fore Du­san Tadic equalised.

IS­ABELLA BONOTTO/AFP

Manch­ester United’s Chris Small­ing (left) and Paul Pogba (sec­ond left) cel­e­brate af­ter Ju­ven­tus de­fender Alex San­dro (cen­tre) scores an own goal in their Cham­pi­ons League Group H match at the Al­lianz sta­dium in Turin on Wed­nes­day night.

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