NYON: Manchester United pulled off a major Champions League shock when a team outclassed by Juventus at Old Trafford last month hit back from a goal down defeat the Vecchia Signora 2-1 in Turin.
United did so despite conceding a magnificent opening goal when Cristiano Ronaldo volleyed home a pass through pass dropping down over his right shoulder. It was his first goal in the competition since signing for the Italian champions from holders Real Madrid and his record-extending 121st in the Champions League.
This was the first time the one-time United hero had scored against a team managed by Jose Mourinho but his men hit back in the last five minutes. Juan Mata curled in a free-kick before Ashley Young’s set-piece was bundled into his own net by Juventus defender Alex Sandro.
Juventus had hit the frame of the goal either side of half-time, with Sami Khedira striking a post and Paulo Dybala curling an effort on to the bar.
Mourinho’s side offered little attacking threat at the other end, until substitute Mata beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with a well-placed free-kick from the edge of the box in the 86th minute.
Three minutes later and another United free-kick proved Juventus’ undoing, as Young’s in-swinging delivery was inadvertently turned in under pressure by Sandro from close range.
The visitors’ late double keeps them second in Group H and two points above Valencia, who beat Young Boys 3-1 in the early kick-off, with two games still to play.
Elsewhere in the Champions League Manchester City thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 with a hat-trick from Gabriel Jesus and a nonsensical penalty decision awarded after Raheem Sterling had fallen over his own feet.
Real Madrid showed further signs of revival under caretaker coach Santiago Solari by winning 5-0 away to Viktoria Plzen with goals from KArim Benzema (two), Casemiro, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos.
This week in the Champions League:
Gp A: Monaco 0, Brugge 4; At. Madrid 2, B Dortmund 0.
Gp B: Inter 1, Barcelona 1; Tottenham 2, PSV 1.
Gp C: Red Star 2, Liverpool 0; Napoli 1, PSG 1.
Gp D: Porto 4, Lok Moscow 1; Schalke 2, Galatasaray 0.
Gp E: Bayern Munich 2, AEK Athens 0; Benfica 1, Ajax 1.
Gp F: Lyon 2, Hoffenheim 2; Manchester City 6, Shakhtar Donetsk 0.
Gp G: CSKA Moscow 1, Roma 2; Viktoria Plzen 0, Real Madrid 5.
Gp H: Valencia 3, Young Boys 1; Juventus 1, Manchester United 2.