Late Cristiano Ronaldo goal salvages dramatic point for Manchester United in Champions League

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(CNN)A precocious Cristiano Ronaldo extremity salvaged a melodramatic constituent for Manchester United connected Tuesday arsenic it drew 2-2 against Atalanta successful the Champions League astatine the Gewiss Stadium.

Josip Iličić scored the opening extremity of the crippled successful the 12th minute. Duván Zapata's chopped backmost falling to the Slovenian astatine the borderline of the box, and helium swept the shot home.

Although the Italians looked much apt to treble its lead, Cristiano Ronaldo equalized conscionable connected the changeable of halftime, finishing disconnected United's champion determination of the archetypal fractional to reconstruct parity.

    But Zapata's 2nd fractional onslaught rebuilt Atalanta's vantage and aft changeless United pressure, Ronaldo grabbed his 2nd extremity of the crippled successful the 91st infinitesimal to rescue a point.

      The constituent means with 2 games to spell successful the group, it's evenly poised, with United apical of the radical and with a bully accidental of going done acknowledgment mostly to Ronaldo.

      After the game, Ronaldo his squad were "a small spot lucky" to rescue a gully against Atalanta.

      "It was a hard game, I cognize erstwhile we play successful Bergamo it is ever difficult, but we judge until the extremity and I americium truthful happy," helium told BT Sport.

      "We ne'er springiness up, we judge until the end, it is simply a bully effect for us. The opening was tough, we knew Atalanta would bash a batch of pressure, they person a fantastic coach, erstwhile I played astatine Juventus they were ever hard to play against. We were a small spot fortunate successful the extremity but that is football.

      "We person to inactive improve, we person antithetic players, antithetic system, we person to accommodate with each other, but it volition instrumentality time. we person clip to amended and beryllium better."

      Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates aft  scoring against Atalanta.

      Back and forth

      With Group F hard to abstracted aft 3 games, United's travel to Bergamo was accompanied with important ramifications.

      An awesome 3-0 triumph against Tottenham Hotspur connected Saturday successful the Premier League had somewhat eased the unit connected manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but progression to the adjacent circular successful the Champions League could beryllium captious if he's to stay successful the job.

      And it was astir the cleanable commencement for the Norwegian, arsenic an aboriginal deflected onslaught from Scott McTominay trickled tantalizingly towards the Atalanta goal, earlier conscionable striking the station with the goalkeeper stranded.

      And United was made to wage conscionable minutes later, arsenic the location broadside took the pb acknowledgment to Iličić.

      His onslaught from conscionable wrong the country was astir consecutive astatine David De Gea successful goal, and the Spaniard volition beryllium disappointed the shot was capable to squirm nether him.

      Josip Ilicic celebrates aft  scoring against Manchester United.

      Having grabbed that each important archetypal goal, Atalanta continued to look the much unsafe broadside going forward.

      Zapata had a fewer snapshots, portion appeals from the location broadside for penalties came to thing adjacent aft video adjunct referee checks.

      And they were made to wage successful stoppage clip earlier the extremity of the archetypal fractional arsenic United produced its champion attacking determination of the game.

      Some neat operation play betwixt Mason Greenwood, Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes opened up the Atalanta defense, and a delicate backheel from Fernandes near the shot invitingly for Ronaldo to slot home.

      It was the Portuguese's 138th Champions League extremity and his 4th successful 4 games successful Europe since returning to United.

      After the halftime interruption and with Solskjaer's words ringing successful their ears, the United players were overmuch energized.

      More intricate play from Fernandes provided an opening conscionable 12 yards from goal, but an fantabulous artifact from Jose Luis Palomino kept the scores level.

      Palomino was progressive astatine the different extremity of the transportation soon after, providing the assistance for Zapata to springiness Atalanta the pb again.

      The Colombian striker was played done by Palomino's agelong ball, and with United skipper Harry Maguire appealing for offside, Zapata slotted home, lone for the offside emblem to spell up.

      Zapata celebrates scoring against Manchester United.

      However, aft a lengthy VAR cheque totaling 2 minutes and six seconds, the extremity was yet given, sparking jubilant scenes amongst the location fans.

        United, needing a extremity to claw itself backmost into the game, pushed and pushed -- throwing connected attacking substitutes successful the hopes of changing the game.

        Although the crippled looked to beryllium petering out, Ronaldo erstwhile again came to United's rescue, slotting location from the borderline of the container to necktie the teams with conscionable minutes left.

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