Manchester United 2-1 victory over Villarreal after scoring a late winner from Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League second stage.
Football Uefa Champions League Group F
Manchester United (England) 2
Villarreal (Spain) 1
Stadium: Old Trafford
Manchester United have to adjust several defensive positions because of injury and penalties. But the offensive line still has cores such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes, while Villarreal is missing Gerard Moreno who is injured and has to send Paco Al. Casser is the front target.
In the 10th minute, Villarreal had another chance, Manuel Trigueros paid Arnaut Danyuma in the left-hand penalty area, who swayed and shot with the right. David de Gea had to round the tip of his hand back.
De Gea had to make another save in the 17th minute when Arnaut Danyuma led the ball to the left before finding a rhythm to open the door, Paco Alcacer headed straight, De Gea flicked off the tip of his hand. let the ball cross the bar
Four minutes later, Villarreal got a corner kick, the second ball went to the front of the penalty area to Alberto Moreno, ran for a long shot, but crossed the bar.
The visiting team found a lot of opportunities in the 31st minute, almost leading again when Varane missed the long ball, giving Paco Alcacer a chance to focus. Hit with right from the penalty area. But it was unfortunate that it fell off the pole.
The Red Devils had very few chances. 38 minutes, Pogba had the ball on the left side, so he tried to shoot far. The ball hits hard, but it’s straight, Geronimo Ruyi, the goalkeeper of Villarreal.
In 43 minutes, Manchester United almost had a lucky lead
Paul Pogba dropped the ball into the penalty area, Alberto Moreno poked his foot to block the ball away from Ruyi’s hand. But the ball passed a bit behind the post. It was almost an own goal for the ex-Liverpool player.
Villarreal reacted grimly as well, with Jeremy Pino’s left-footed shot in the penalty area. De Gea having to make another save. Then the first half ended 0-0.
In the second half of the 53rd minute, Villarreal took the lead 1-0 to Arnaut Dan Yuma. Who had turbulently deflected the Red Devils since the first half. Go on the left before opening the ball to the first post for Paco Alcacer to charge sharply. Pass the ball through the net successfully.
The Red Devils equalized in the 60th minute from a free kick on the right side that Bruno threw in front of the far post penalty area. Alex Telles set up a full volley fort. He sent the ball to flash back to the first post, absolutely beautiful. The score was changed to 1-1.
Into the last 15 minutes, Manchester United adjusted the offensive game. Then removing Pogba and Sancho and sending Edinson Cavani and Nemanja Matic to play instead.
The game pretends to share the points already. But during injury time The Red Devils also scored the winning goal when Fred threw the ball from the left into the penalty area for Ronaldo to make a header for Lingard. That wasn’t blocked and then nudged back Ronaldo to shoot a narrow corner deflecting Keronimo Ruyi’s hand to the net ended the game. Manchester United narrowly won 2-1, collecting the first 3 points successfully.
List of players for both teams
Manchester United: David de Gea – Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane, Alex Tellis – Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay – Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood – Cristiano Ronaldo
Villarreal: Geronimo Ruyi – Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pao Torres, Alberto Moreno – Dani Parejo, Etienne Capu, Manuel Triqueros – Jeremy Pino, Paco Alcacer, Arnaut Danyuma
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany).