Ronaldo at the double to earn United late point at Atalanta

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Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice, including a stoppage-time equaliser, as Manchester United came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw away to Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Atalanta took a 12th-minute lead when Duvan Zapata cut in from the left and fed Josip Ilicic and the Slovenian’s low drive crept under the body of United keeper David De Gea.

United, forced to reorganise after French defender Raphael Varane went off injured, drew level with a superbly worked goal on the stroke of halftime — Ronaldo firing home after a flowing exchange of passes.

But the Bergamo side restored their advantage in the 56th minute when Zapata broke past Harry Maguire, burst into the box and beat De Gea. The linesman’s flag was raised for offside but after a lengthy VAR review the decision was over-turned and the Italian side had the lead.

But Ronaldo pounded on a loose ball on the edge of the box in stoppage time and blasted home a volley to earn a precious point for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side

Reuters

Photo Atalanta’s coach Gian Piero Gasperini (R) and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo react after the UEFA Champions League group F soccer match between Atalanta BC and Manchester United at the Gewiss stadium in Bergamo, Italy, 02 November 2021. EPA-EFE/PAOLO MAGNI

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