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Cristiano Ronaldo headed in an 81st-minute winner as Manchester United came from two goals down to beat Atalanta 3-2 in a pulsating Champions League Group F at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Mario Pasalic put Atalanta ahead in the 15th minute, turning in Davide Zappacosta’s low ball from close range and United, with just one win in their last five games in all competitions, looked drained of belief.

It was no great surprise when the Italian side doubled their lead in the 29th minute with Merih Demiral rising at the near post to glance in an angled header from a Teun Koopmeiners corner.

Fred and Marcus Rashford missed good chances for United before the break but the home side got themselves back into the game in the 53rd minute.

A clever ball from Bruno Fernandes allowed Rashford to cut in from the left and he picked his spot with a shot into the far corner.

United drew level when Harry Maguire drilled the ball home at the back post after the stationary Atalanta defence failed to intercept a Fernandes ball across the box.

Then came the winner as Luke Shaw whipped in a superb cross from the left and Ronaldo rose superbly to perfectly place a header past Musso.

United top the group after three games on six points with Atalanta and Villarreal two points behind.

Bayern rout Benfica

Bayern Munich routed Benfica 4-0 with late goals including one from Robert Lewandowski after standout saves by Manuel Neuer in the Lisbon stadium where they won the 2020 title 14 months ago.

Chelsea hammer Malmo

Chelsea cruised to a 4-0 win over Sweden’s Malmo in Group H of the Champions League on Wednesday in a one-sided contest settled by goals from Andreas Christensen and Kai Havertz and two penalties converted by Jorginho.

But the win came at a price for the European champions – who were seeking to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat by Juventus in their previous group game – as strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner both hobbled off in the first half.

Pique saves Barcelona

Barcelona finally got a win, 1-0 against Dynamo Kyiv, to end some unwanted historical streak for the club and stay in contact in the group led by Bayern.

The 34-year-old Gerard Piqué scored his 16th Champions League goal — tying the record for a defender — to ensure Barcelona beat Dynamo Kyiv.

The win ended Barcelona’s five-game winless Champions League run and a club record streak of three straight home losses in the competition.

Salzburg beat Wolfsburg

Salzburg was the other group leader in action, beating Wolfsburg 3-1 with goals from the kind of young forwards the Austrian champions excel at nurturing then trading on.

Teenage Germany forward Karim Adeyemi scored early before 21-year-old Switzerland winger Noah Okafor scored twice in the second half.

Villarreal thrash Young Boys

Villarreal, which was beaten by Ronaldo’s stoppage-time winning goal three weeks ago, won 4-1 against Young Boys to lift the Europa League champions from last to second in the group.

Lille held at home by Sevilla

Lille were held to a 0-0 home draw by Sevilla on Wednesday to continue their miserable winless Champions League run.

The French champions have not tasted victory in Europe’s elite club competition since 2012 and have won only six of 41 Champions League games. They sit in third place in Group G with two points from three games this season.

Sevilla are second on three points after three consecutive stalemates, but the Spanish side have not lost away from home in the Champions League in their last nine matches.

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