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Ronaldo saves Man Utd again

Ronaldo saves Man Utd again

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A late Cristiano Ronaldo winner capped another Manchester United comeback in the Champions League on Wednesday, this time against Atalanta, as holders Chelsea and Bayern Munich cruised to big victories and Barcelona gave their campaign a shot in the arm.

The knives were out for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his side found themselves 2-0 down at half-time at Old Trafford, Mario Pasalic and Turkish centre-back Merih Demiral scoring for Atalanta.

However Marcus Rashford made up for missing a glorious chance just before the interval by pulling a goal back eight minutes into the second half and sparking another remarkable fightback.

This time captain Harry Maguire swept in the equaliser in the 75th minute and Ronaldo rose to head in a Luke Shaw cross to clinch a 3-2 victory nine minutes from time for his record-extending 137th Champions League goal. After losing to Juventus last time out, Chelsea got their defence of the trophy back on track as Jorginho scored two penalties in a 4-0 drubbing of Malmo in the rain at Stamford Bridge.

However, their evening was marred by an injury to Romelu Lukaku, who hobbled off after being hurt winning the first penalty of the night midway through the first half.

Bayern scored four times in the final 20 minutes to defeat Benfica 4-0 in Lisbon and maintain a 100 percent record in Group E. Barcelona gave their own hopes of reaching the last 16 a boost as Gerard Pique's first-half strike proved enough for a 1-0 victory at home to Dynamo Kiev in front of a half-empty Camp Nou, and their first points in the group.