Cristiano Ronaldo’s opportunist strike has helped Manchester United to a 2-0 win at Villarreal that assured a spot within the Champions League spherical of 16.
Elsewhere, champions (*16*) thumped Juventus 4-0 to safe their passage to the knockout part however Barcelona are in peril of going out within the group stage after being held to a goalless residence draw by Benfica.
At Villarreal, Ronaldo calmly lobbed Geronimo Rulli within the 78th minute after midfielder Fred received the ball from the keeper’s dangerous go to Etienne Capoue from a objective kick.
It was a uncommon second in assault for the guests, who had been enjoying below interim supervisor Michael Carrick for the primary time after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s weekend sacking.
Jadon Sancho smashed in his first United objective through a last-minute counter-attack to guarantee Carrick a profitable begin and the membership high spot in Group F on 10 factors.
“In some ways, it was the best way to win for me,” Carrick instructed BT Sport.
“We had to show some character, we had to dig in, had to fight.”
Villarreal have seven factors whereas Atalanta, who drew 3-3 at Younger Boys, are on six earlier than they host the Spanish facet in a fortnight to resolve who joins United to progress from the group.
(*16*) avenged their earlier defeat in Turin by hammering Juventus in London courtesy of objective from academy merchandise Trevoh Chalobah, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi earlier than Timo Werner accomplished the rout.
Thomas Tuchel’s Blues lead Group H on objective distinction from Juve however each are safely by means of whereas Zenit St Petersburg clinched third thanks to an injury-time penalty rescuing a 1-1 draw at 10-man Malmo.
A depleted Bayern Munich made it 5 wins from 5 in Group E thanks to Robert Lewandowski’s sensible overhead kick and a objective from Kingsley Coman in a 2-1 win within the snow away to Dynamo Kiev.
Denys Garmash grabbed a comfort for eradicated Kiev, who couldn’t discover a late equaliser in opposition to a Bayern facet weakened by accidents and the coronavirus quarantine of Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Michael Cuisance – as well as to Niklas Sule and Josip Stanisic being contaminated.
Barca, who had been led by new coach Xavi for the primary time within the Champions League, now seemingly want a win at Bayern subsequent day trip to advance as Benfica, two factors behind the Catalan giants however holding the head-to-head edge, host struggling Dynamo Kiev on matchday six.
Lille beat Salzburg 1-0 to go high of Group E whereas Sevilla defeated Wolfsburg 2-0 to arrange an exciting last spherical of matches.
Wolfsburg are last on 5 factors however host Lille (eight) whereas Salzburg (seven) welcome Sevilla (six) with all 4 sides nonetheless in with an opportunity of advancing.