Thanks to the usual Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United is saved to the last breath with a super Atalanta, returning from Bergamo with a very heavy point that allows him to defend the top of Group F, now shared with Villarreal at 7 points. Al Gewiss finished 2-2 with the Portuguese goal in the 91st minute, who also caught up with Zapata after equalizing Ilicic’s initial goal at the end of the first half. With so much bitterness in the mouth, Gasperini’s team rises to 5, remaining at -2 from the first place and with all the chances to play for the qualification.
The English immediately touched the goal after five rounds of hands, hitting a post with a McTominay shot clearly deflected by Palomino, but to pass ahead are the Bergamo players in the 12 ‘, when Ilicic kicks on an assist from Zapata and surprises an uncertain De Gea for 1-0. The Red Devils react but do not find large spaces, while the Goddess in the half hour would have another great chance with Zapata, providentially walled by Bailly.
Just entering the recovery before the break, United found the equalizer with the beautiful goal from Ronaldo, who swaps with Bruno Fernandes and beats Musso for the 1-1. At the beginning of the second half it is Bruno Fernandes who touches the English doubling, but at 56 ‘Atalanta comes back with Zapata, who escapes on Palomino’s launch and signs the 2-1, first canceled for offside then made valid by the intervention of the Var .
Manchester United tries to reorganize ideas even with the fresh forces entered by Solskjaer, but the situation does not seem to change. At least until Cristiano Ronaldo decides to go back to the chair, who, just like in the first half, scores a super goal after the time has elapsed, which earns him his personal double and the definitive 2-2.
Double from Ronaldo, a draw for Man Utd
Cristiano Ronaldo again. The Manchester United striker restores parity with Atalanta by scoring 2-2 in full recovery. The Portuguese striker hits the ball on the fly, which landed on his feet after a carom born from the rebound between Greenwood and Palomino, piercing the Nerazzurri goalkeeper with a perfect diagonal. Ronaldo had already decided on the Old Trafford match which ended 3-2 for the English.
Swirl of changes, another opportunity for Zapata
Whirlwind of changes and fresh forces for the two teams. Gasperini plays the Muriel card who takes the place of Ilicic. A few minutes before the double change of Solskjaer that inserts Matic and Cavani for Rashford and Pogba. The efforts are multiplied for Manchester United looking to equalize goals. Atalanta does not give up on the counterattack and in the 78th minute they have the opportunity to close it, again with Zapata, on a corner kick. The attacker’s header, however, ends up by a whisker.
The Var validates Zapata’s goal, 2-1 Atalanta
Almost five minutes of waiting for the Atalanta fans before cheering for the new advantage of the Goddess against Manchester United. It is the Var, in fact, to validate Zapata’s 2-1 that the linesman had initially canceled. Not an easy decision: the rapid movement of the Colombian striker on Palomino’s millimeter throw immediately appeared doubtful. The verdict of the technology, however, smiles to the Orobics who come back so ahead of a goal after the goals, in the first half, of Ilicic and Ronaldo.
High rhythms at the start of the second half
In the first three laps of the second half already two occasions: first Zapata, who started offside, misses the impact with the ball in front of De Gea. In the change in front it is Palomino who opposes Bruno Fernandes’ shot without fail, well positioned inside the area. A The score, however, remains at 1-1 thanks to goals from Ilicic and Cristiano Ronaldo in the first part of the game. In the interval no change, the only substitution remains the forced one of Varane, who went out in the 36th minute due to physical problems.
The draw of Cristiano Ronaldo
A few minutes before the end of the first half, Cristiano Ronaldo re-establishes parity in the match between Atalanta and Manchester United, valid for the fourth day of the Champions League. The former Juventus striker has finalized a spectacular action of the ‘Red Devils’, a close exchange concluded with the illuminating assist of Bruno Fernandes which allowed Ronaldo to find himself, without opposition, in front of Musso. The 36-year-old Portuguese had no difficulty in piercing the Atalanta goalkeeper by equalizing Ilicic’s opening goal.
Decisive Bailly his Zapata
Shortly after the half hour Zapata had the chance of a 2-0 win for Atalanta against Manchester United, on the fourth day of the Chamions League. The Colombian striker exploited a mistake by Pogba but his shot was rejected by Bailly, decisive in coming between the opponent and the goal. Timid protests by Zapata for a touch of the hand of the defender but neither the referee, nor the var recognize the extremes for the penalty.
Zapata of strength, high ball
Among the most important duels of the match between Atalanta and Manchester United is the one, all physical and powerful, between Maguire and Zapata. In the twentieth minute the Colombian striker escapes the opponent on the counterattack but his conclusion, violent but imprecise, flies over the crossbar.
First chance for Cristiano Ronaldo
First chance for Cristiano Ronaldo who with his head, in the middle of the area, fails to hit the ball which is lost far from the goal. The Portuguese striker returns to Italy after the summer separation with Juventus. The ball in the center was served by another former Juventus player, also very much regretted by the fans, Paul Pogba.
Atalanta in the lead, goal from Ilicic
At the first real attacking attack Atalanta took the lead against Manchester United in the fourth day of the Champions League. The goal was made by Josip Ilicic, quick to exploit an in-depth intuition of his teammate, the Colombian Zapata. The Slovenian’s left has pierced De Gea, Manchester United goalkeeper, who appeared not flawless on the occasion.
5 ‘: McTominay’s pole, Atalanta saves
Less than 5 minutes were enough for Manchester United to create their first big goal chance. McTominay’s shot, deflected, ends up on the post when Musso is beaten. Atalanta saved from the upright. The ‘red devils’ started the match very aggressively, forcing the Nerazzurri to retire to their half and to act as a throw-in.
The situation of group F
It is also an important match with regard to Atalanta’s future qualification for the round of 16. At the halfway point, Gasperini’s Nerazzurri, with 4 points in 3 games, are in second place together with Villarreal. The ‘Red Devils’ lead with six points. Last but still perfectly in the race the Swiss of Young Boys with 3 points.
Ronaldo’s return to Italy
After the summer escape from Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Italy. The Portuguese will lead the Man Utd attack alongside Rashford. Even Gasperini, in a press conference, had touched on the subject: “It’s extraordinary, but I say a banality because it is recognized by everyone. He added value to our championship, I was sorry that he returned to England because I hope to always see the best players “
Manchester United’s official line-up
Solskjaer chooses a 3-4-1-2 with BrunoFernandes, an old acquaintance of the Italian championship, behind the pair Rashford-Cristiano Ronaldo. Specifically, here are the eleven who will take the field: De Gea; Bailly, Varane, Maguire; Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Pogba, Shaw; Bruno Fernandes; Rashford, Ronaldo.
The official formation of Atalanta
In the eleven chosen by Gasperini the defensive emergency still stands out with the Dutchman De Roon who steps back to lend a hand to Demiral and Zappacosta. a lot of curiosity for his compatriot, Koopmeiners, deployed from the first minute in the middle of the field. Pasalic and Ilicic preferred to Malinovskyi, Muriel ready to enter from the bench. The 11 owners: Musso; De Roon, Demiral, Palomino; Zappacosta, Freuler, Koopmeiners, Maehle; Pasalic; Ilicic, Zapata