Juventus player ratings as Ronaldo scores a stunner but Man United steal victory

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a spectacular goal against his former side but it was Manchester United who came away from Turin with all three points.

Juventus broke the deadlock in the 65th minute when Miralem Pjanic’s ball over the top was met by a sumptuous Ronaldo volley.

The Italians went on to squander a few glorious chances to extend their lead as United chased the game.

Substitute Juan Mata curled in a delicious free-kick from the edge of the area in the 86th minute to drag the away side level before Ashley Young’s in-swinging set-piece saw Alex Sandro turn the ball into his own net to give the Red Devils a winner in the final minute.

Here, we rate the performances of Juve’s players in the Champions League clash.

STARTING XI

Wojciech Szczesny – Didn’t have much to do for most of the game and not a lot he could’ve done to stop either of United’s goals. 5

Mattia De Sciglio – Kept tabs on Anthony Martial well while he was on the pitch but offered little going forward. 6

Leonardo Bonucci – Solid at the back but will be frustrated with his failure to deal with Young’s delivery for the winner. 6

Giorgio Chiellini – Was dominant in the air and marshalled the defence well, making six clearances. Superb in possession. 7

Alex Sandro – Barely stretched defensively but couldn’t get forward enough either. Had the misfortune of heading the ball into his own net for United’s winner. 5

Juan Cuadrado – Saw a lot of the ball and made inroads with runs through the middle. Skied his effort from Ronaldo’s lay-off in the second half. 6

Sami Khedira – Pushed forward to join the attack and struck the post from Ronaldo’s cutback. Wasted possession on a few occasions. 5

Miralem Pjanic – Wasn’t shadowed this time and did create several good chances with the freedom he had to find a pass, including the one for Ronaldo’s goal. Should’ve scored himself as well. 7

Rodrigo Bentancur – Tucked in to join the midfield but never really stood out. 5

Cristiano Ronaldo – His ball across the area saw Khedira strike the upright. Always threatened but couldn’t quite apply the finishing touch… until he did. A stunning volley with the ball coming from over his shoulder was pure genius and deservedly broke the deadlock. 8

Paulo Dybala – A few classy touches from the Argentine who popped up in threatening areas. Hit the crossbar with an excellent curling effort in the second half. 7

SUBS

Blaise Matuidi – Gave away the free-kick that let United back into the game – a clumsy tackle on Pogba on the edge of the area. 4

Andrea Barzagli – Came on to shore up the defence but instead invited United forward. N/A

Mario Mandzukic – Came on in injury time and never got involved. N/A

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Matt Jones 8/11/2018
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Manchester United’s progression to the Champions League knockout stages is alive and kicking after they climbed off the canvas to deliver a knockout blow to group heavyweights Juventus in Turin.

A familiar face looked to have put them in a precarious predicament when Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring emphatically just past the hour. But a late one-two counter punch from Juan Mata and a Alex Sandro own goal saw the Red Devils sneak a precious 2-1 triumph.

Here is our report card from Allianz Stadium.

THE GOOD

United press their case – A huge feature of United’s performances in recent weeks has been their stirring second half comebacks – though they have been required after utterly abysmal first-half showings.

As if keenly aware of this, the visitors tore into the hosts from the start, pressing high and employing an overall high-energy tempo that didn’t allow Juve time to settle.

Cris of death – He’d actually been a passenger in a game driven chiefly by Paulo Dybala’s dynamism and Miralem Pjanic’s panache, but Ronaldo did what Ronaldo always does so often – steals the show.

The opening goal owed as much to Pjanic’s precision pass, but the Portuguese still had plenty to do as the ball dropped over his shoulder. On the periphery until that point, his first-time finish was perfection.

Ronaldo

THE BAD

Poor Pogba – Paul Pogba is oft been accused of failing to justify his inflated £89m price tag since leaving Italy for England. But if there was ever a game you could guarantee he’d be up for, it was his return to Turin.

Wrong. While Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera buzzed about midfield, Pogba floated about anonymously. He had little meaningful impact, was dispossessed a team-high five times and posted a fourth worst pass percentage of 81.6 per cent.

Juventus finishing – A spirited United performance shouldn’t gloss over the fact they absolutely stole a result. They started brightly and were a tad unlucky to fall behind to a stunning goal. But Juve could and should have been out of sight after taking the lead, with David De Gea’s goal leading a charmed life.

Juan Cuadrado and Dybala were guilty of passing up opportunities while the hosts twice hit the woodwork through Dybala’s dipping drive and Khedira’s clipped shot.

TACTICAL TURNING POINT

Matuidi’s energy allows Pjanic more space

In Sami Khedira and Blaise Matuidi, the Old Lady possess two veterans entering the twilight of glorious careers. Yet the German and Frenchman, both 31, offer very different options for Massimiliano Allegri.

Khedira started yet was hooked on the hour after an ineffective outing, his 77.4 per cent pass accuracy was a team low for an outfield player bar late sub Andrea Barzagli. Matuidi replaced him and offered an instant injection of pace and energy. Deployed further forward, he gave Pjanic more breathing room in midfield. He used it wisely, his sumptuous delivery teeing up Ronaldo.

GRADES

Juventus C

Took control of the game towards the end of the first half and when they broke the deadlock, the result looked inevitable. Played some scintillating stuff going forward as they looked to kill the game off. How they ended up losing 2-1 is unfathomable as it is unforgivable.

Manchester United B

The definitive smash-and-grab performance from the visitors, who must be commended for setting out with a positive mind frame in favour of trying not to get beat. They were stoic and steadfast in the face of superior opposition and hung in there, making Juve pay for not finishing them off.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a spectacular goal against his former side but it was Manchester United who came away from Turin with all three points.

Juventus broke the deadlock in the 65th minute when Miralem Pjanic’s ball over the top was met by a sumptuous Ronaldo volley.

The Italians went on to squander a few glorious chances to extend their lead as United chased the game.

Substitute Juan Mata curled in a delicious free-kick from the edge of the are in the 86th minute to drag the away side level, before Ashley Young’s in-swinging set-piece saw Alex Sandro turn the ball into his own net to give the Reds a winner in the final minute.

Here, we rate the performances of United’s players in the Champions League clash.

MANCHESTER (4-3-3)

David De Gea – Reacted well to keep out Juan Cudrado’s deflected cross off Nemanja Matic. Nothing he could do to stop Ronaldo’s volley but did deny Miralem Pjanic soon after. 6

Ashley Young – His crossing was disappointing at times but worked hard and was solid defensively. Put in an excellent delivery that led to the winning goal. 6

Chris Smalling – Had a good game at the back, doing well on one occasion in particular to deny Cristiano Ronaldo a clear strike from inside the box. 7

Victor Lindelof – Seemed to be at the right place at the time, making numerous crucial clearances and blocks. Was well beaten by Ronaldo’s perfectly-timed run for the goal, though. 7

Luke Shaw – Showed great enterprise going forward and intervened well against Ronaldo and Cuadrado a couple of times. Continues to impress. 6

Ander Herrera – Brought energy and organisation to the midfield but struggled to affect the game with his passing despite keeping the ball well. 6

Nemanja Matic – Recycled possession and anchored the midfield well but was always walking a tight rope after an early booking. 6

Paul Pogba – Not one of his better outings. Gave away possession cheaply on a number of occasions when United really needed him to be at his best. Did win the free-kick for the equaliser smartly. 5

Jesse Lingard – Linked up well with Alexis Sanchez on a few occasions and tracked Alex Sandro when needed. 6

Alexis Sanchez – Worked hard up front and linked play well. Was mobile and caused Juventus a few problems but never seriously threatened the goal, taking only one shot. 6

Anthony Martial – Had one effort which he put wide of the far post and worked hard to get back and defend. Looked good in the closing stages when United chased the game. 6

SUBS

Marcus Rashford – Replaced Lingard for the last 20 minutes and added zip to the attack. A ferocious shot went just wide of the near post. 6

Juan Mata – Scored a superb free-kick to restore parity. N/A

Marouane Fellaini – Helped drag United further up the pitch as they chased the game. N/A

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