Ron­aldo scores stun­ner be­fore United climb back with two late goals in Turin as Mour­inho sparks a con­tro­versy


CRIS­TIANO RON­ALDO could not hide his frus­tra­tion that de­spite scor­ing his first Cham­pi­ons League goal for Ju­ven­tus the Ital­ian side ‘gifted’ a dra­matic late 2-1 vic­tory to Manch­ester United.

Ron­aldo struck with a mag­nif­i­cent first-time vol­ley on 65 min­utes to leave Juve on course for the knock­out phase, but Juan Mata equalised with an 86thminute free-kick be­fore Leonardo Bonucci turned into his own net. It was the 121st goal in the com­pe­ti­tion for five-time Cham­pi­ons

League win­ner Ron­aldo who Ju­ven­tus are count­ing on to help them lift their first Eu­ro­pean ti­tle since 1996. In­stead they must now wait for the re­main­ing games against Va­len­cia and Young Boys to seal their pas­sage to the next round.

“United did noth­ing to win the game,” Ron­aldo said.

“We dom­i­nated for 90 min­utes, had so many chances, could have killed it off three or four times, but we re­laxed and were pun­ished. You can’t even talk about luck, be­cause you have to find your own luck and in this case we just gifted it to them. Now we’ve got to lift our heads, as we played re­ally well and are still top of the group.”

Ju­ven­tus are top of Group H on nine points — two points ahead of United — with Va­len­cia now on five and Swiss club Young Boys elim­i­nated af­ter los­ing 3-1 to the Spaniards. Sami Khedira and Paulo Dy­bala both hit the wood­work

Mata leads the vis­i­tors to a dra­matic win

be­fore Ron­aldo brought the ca­pac­ity 41,470 crowd to their feet when he ham­mered home Bonucci’s long pass from just in­side United’s half.

United though had the fi­nal

word as Mour­inho brought on Mata and Marouane Fel­laini, who helped turn the game round in just four min­utes, the Spa­niard bend­ing in a free­kick from the edge of the box to give the vis­i­tors a scarce­ly­de­served equaliser. Agen­cies

Ju­ven­tus' Cris­tiano Ron­aldo re­acts af­ter Manch­ester United’s sec­ond goal.

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