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Ronaldo saves Man United again

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TO THE RESCUE Manchester United’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the UEFA Champions league group F football match between Manchester United and Atalanta at Old Trafffford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). AFP PHOTO

PARIS: A late Cristiano Ronaldo winner capped another Manchester United comeback in the Champions League on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), 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 center-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.

In their last Champions League outing three weeks ago, United fell behind at home to Villarreal but came back to win 2-1 with Ronaldo scoring the decisive goal in injury time.

This time captain Harry Maguire swept in the equalizer 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.

“We have a habit of doing this at this club,” said Solskjaer of another come-from-behind success.

United are now top of Group F, two points clear of Atalanta and Villarreal, who won 4-1 away to Young Boys in Bern.

After losing to Juventus last time out, Chelsea got their defense 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.

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