Cristiano Ronaldo heads Manchester United to comeback Champions League win

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his winning goal in Manchester United's home win over Atalanta.
Camera IconCristiano Ronaldo celebrates his winning goal in Manchester United's home win over Atalanta. Credit: AP

Cristiano Ronaldo has delivered for Manchester United again in the Champions League on a night when Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus also won.

The greatest scorer in the competition’s history soared to head in an 81st-minute winner as United erased a two-goal half-time deficit to beat Atalanta 3-2 in a wild match at Old Trafford.

“His leap, his timing - it was the perfect header,” United captain Harry Maguire said.

“He has come up with a massive goal again in the Champions League.”

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Ronaldo’s record-extending 138th goal in the Champions League came three weeks after he scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to snatch a victory over Villarreal.

United did it the hard way again after falling 2-0 behind to goals from Mario Pasalic in the 15th minute and Merih Demiral in the 29th.

The hosts were jeered off the field after the half-time whistle.

However, United lay siege to Atalanta’s goal after the restart.

Marcus Rashford reduced the deficit in the 53rd with a calm finish from a stunning outside-of-the-foot through ball by Bruno Fernandes.

Maguire swept in the equaliser in the 75th before Ronaldo got on the end of a cross by Luke Shaw for the winner.

The Portugal striker made a last-ditch clearance in the final seconds and then fell to his knees at the final whistle.

United go top of Group F on six points, two clear of Atalanta and Villarreal - who thumped Young Boys 4-1.

Injuries to strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner marred Chelsea’s impressive 4-0 win over Malmo.

Defender Andreas Christensen scored the opener in the ninth minute before two penalties from Jorginho either side of substitute Kai Havertz’s goal in the 48th.

The win left Chelsea second in Group behind leaders Juventus, who won 1-0 at Zenit St. Petersburg courtesy of a substitute Dejan Kulusevski’s goal to preserve their 100 per cent record.

Bayern Munich maintained their winning streak with Leroy Sane scoring twice in a 4-0 rout of Benfica.

Bayern didn’t open the scoring until the 70th minute but managed four in 15 minutes as Robert Lewandowski was also on target after an own goal.

The win lifted Bayern five points clear of Benfica at the top of Group E, with Barcelona third after a Gerard Pique goal earned them a 1-0 vuctory over Dynamo Kyiv.

RB Salzburg are on seven points to top Group G after a 3-1 win over bottom side Wolfsburg while Sevilla retained second after their goalless draw with Lille in France.

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