Ronaldo Scores Greatest Goal By Juventus In A Game They Lost

Ronaldo 1 Manchester United  2

Ronaldo 65 Mata 86 Alex Sandro o.g 91

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The first half was a very gutsy performance by United, who knew they were in danger of being outclassed.

It was 0-0 at half-time and still 0-0 after an hour, after Paulo Dybala had bounced a dipper off the crossbar in 49.

Then Pjanic, just inside the United half, flighted a straight pass over the top and Ronaldo spurted onto a ball coming from behind him and, demonstrating perfect anticipation and sublime balance, volleyed inside the post for the only goal of the game in 65.

Or so I thought. That was the game, I figured.

Ronaldo is the guv’nor because he’s now scored 122 goals in the Champions  League.

He’s a veteran gladiator with freak abilities and supreme focus. He made what he did look very simple but I thought it was the best goal I’ve seen this season. The only footballer I’ve ever seen who could have timed that run AND produced that finish was Pele.

I thought: Game over! Definitely.

Then Mourinho brought on Fellaini and Mata and then Pogba craftily won a free-kick in the D and sub Juan Mata lifted it  sweetly over the wall for 1-1.

Then came a fiercely whipped free-kick from Ashley Young. The ball flew wickedly towards three players and hit Bonucci  and then hit left back Alex Sandro and went over the line for a priceless 2-1 win by United, who have now qualified for the Round of 16 after four games.

Rashford, played in by Martial during a counter-attack, hit Wojciech Szczesny’s leg right at the death.

A very tight game mostly controlled by the Italian professionals until the bold visitors from Manchester scored two late goals.

Football is so unpredictable, I thought.

But I had liked he formation the Special One used: 4-2-3-1 with Alexis Sanchez up top and Pogba free in the three with Matic-Herrera sitting.

Then I realised I’d won both my bets: Ronaldo Anytime and Over 2.5 Goals.

I won’t remember winning those bets. But I’ll definitely remember The Greatest Goal Ever Scored By Juventus In A Game They Lost.

And what a comeback!

Juventus 1 Manchester United 2 was their first home defeat in a Champions League game since December 2009.

Spectacular Cristiano Ronaldo kills off Juventus in 64 minutes