Juventus 1-2 Manchester United: Champions League – as it happened

Ronaldo struck first but United had the last laugh thanks to Juan Mata’s late free kick and an even later own goal by Alex Sandro

Mourinho's debrief

“It was very good game, a high-level game. We performed at a high level. After their goal we had five minutes to wake up again. But the team was there from the first minute until the last.”

Regarding his post-match ear-cupping gesture, he explains: “In beautiful Italian they insulted me for 90 minutes and then I didn’t insult them. I just made a little thing. I know that millions of Interistas are happy with that. But I respect Juventus, their players and manager and all the qualities they have.”

Mourinho also says that he picked up on a comments that “a couple of the boys” made after the first leg that led him to believe they felt inferior to Juve. “I got this. And we can’t feel like that. We can’t feel inferior.” Who was it who talked about a gulf in class after that game, again? “Of course Juve have power and quality all over the park and an amazing bench. This is a big big victory for us. We have a final now to play at home. We thought we would have two finals but now we have one. If we win that final against Young Boys, we go through [if Valencia don’t beat Juve]. I hope we will arrive to the match on time, not late. We had an amazing escort to the stadium here. Thank you to the Italian police.”

There remains some confusion as to who scored the winning goal. BT think Pogba got the final touch to bundle it over the line but Pogba himself has just been interviewed and he isn’t sure. “It hit a lot of people,” he says. Uefa have it down as an og by Alex Sandro for now.

Mata speaks: “What a nice last five minutes! To get three points against Juventus in Italy is amazing. It was very difficult. They have fantastic players and are a top team but we’re going back to Manchester with three points.

I have confidence in my freekicks at the moment. I train a lot.

The first half was not bad from us. It was quite even. The second half was difficult. It was a fantastic goal from them. After that they had two or three chances to kill the game but they didn’t. And we came back and turned them over. It’s a great feeling. It’s a very big step in the group.”

It’ll be fascinating to see what this result does for United beyond putting them in a far healthier position in their Champions League group. Although this game could easily have gone the other way - if, for example,either of the Juve shots that struck the woodwork had gone in - but there was a lot to admire about United. For a start, their start: they began briskly and on the front foot, unlike in several recent outings. Also their resilience and their positivity. Mourinho’s substitutions worked, too. Martial had a terrific game. Smalling, too. Sanchez was very bright util he faded late on. Performances like this are the best way to silence talk about frayed relationships between players and manager.

Full-time: Juve 1-2 Man United

The final whistle sounds and Mourinho walks out onto the pitch cupping his ears and showing a triumphant smirk to the home crowd, who respond with deep boos. Why always him? Meanwhile, United’s players smile and congratulate each other for a superb comeback. They looked to be on the ropes after Ronaldo’s sublime opening goal but they showed great character and genuine smarts and skill to reverse the run of play and nab a precious win. Max Allegri’s substitutions backfired, too. It’s a spectacular result for United from a much improved performance.

Jose Mourinho celebrates at full time as Manchester United win the game 2-1.
Jose Mourinho celebrates at full time as Manchester United win the game 2-1. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters


90+4 min: Martial booked for kicking the ball away in anger after being penalised near the half way. Time for Juve to pump it into the mixer ...

90+3 min: United repelling heavy pressure from Juve. And then they rip down the other end and try to wrap it up on the counter. Martial slips in Rashford, who tries to smash it past the out-rushing Szczesny. The keeper gets enough off a touch to deflect it over the bar.

Juve substitution: Mandzukic on, Cuadrado off

GOAL! Juve 1-2 United (Alex Sandro og 90)

What a sensation! United have a come from a goal down to lead in Turin thanks to two goals in less than four minutes! A vicious in-swinging freekick from Young did the damage, with Szczesny taken by surprise and pushing it off his line right into Alex Sandro, who couldn’t do anything to stop it bouncing off him and into the net!

Bonucci scores an own goal and the second for Manchester United.
Bonucci scores an own goal and the second for Manchester United. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters


88 min: Dybala screws a shot way wide from 20 yards.

87 min: What a precious goal that could prove for United. And they earned it thans to a few minutes of nifty attacking, led, in particular, by Martial.

GOAL! Juve 1-1 United (Mata 86)

Young does a decoy run over the ball ... and Mata steps up and curls the freekick over the wall and into the net, past Szczesny, who had started moving the other way!

Mata curls in the free-kick.
Mata curls in the free-kick. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
And celebrates scoring the equaliser.
And celebrates scoring the equaliser. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP


86 min: Freekick to United in a dangerous position. Twenty yards out and quite central, and all following more dextrous play by Martial before Pogba is taken down.


84 min: Lovely work by Martial, tricking his way past two on near the byline and then firing in a low cross. Szczesny bats it away.

Juve substitution: Barzagli on, De Sciglio off.

82 min: Thanks to all of you who wrote in to confirm that Vardy goal was against Liverpool. Though Matt Richman insists that a better comparison would be with a goal struck by Robin van Persie against aston Villa.

80 min: Rashford lets fly from 20 yards. It’s a good effort that bounces just wide.

United substitution: Mata and Fellaini on, Herrera and Sanchez off. Bit baffled that Pogba survived that switch.

77 min: Pjanic has a pop from over 25 yards. It’s a rapid, swirling effort that whizzes past De Gea ... and inches over the bar! United are just about staying in touch here ...

76 min: Ronaldo blems the freekick straight into the wall.

75 min: Herrera and Dybala booked because Herrera pulled Dybala back. Juve players surround the ref to demand an explanation but he can’t come up with on. But Juve have a freekick about 30 yards out, dead central. Wonder who’ll take it?

74 min: Cuadrado canters forward, leaving a three v three attack for Juve. He’s got a player to either side and takes the sensible option, ie passing to Ronaldo. but Ronaldo is closed down quickly and has to lay it back to Cuadrado, who now has a free shot from eight yards .... and he spoons it over the bar! What a let-off for United!

72 min: There’s renewed brashness to Juve’s play. They sweep forward, making United look ordinary. Cuadrado lays a pass back to Pjanic, who tries to guide a sidefooter into the bottom corner from 15 yards. But he gets his calculations wrong and whacks it several yards wide. Ominously, though, United couldn’t get close to Juve during that whole move.

United substitution: Rashford on, Lingard off

70 min: Young’s cross from the right is too high for Martial.

68 min: While I was trying to recall who it was that Jamie Vardy scored a slightly similar goal against (Liverpool?), Juve almost add another. This time De Gea did react, batting away a shot by Pjanic from 10 yards. Lindelof did well to get to the rebound first.


GOAL! Juve 1-0 Man Utd (Ronaldo 65)

That is simply brilliant! Bonucci dropped a beautiful pass from just inside United’s half over the head of Lindelof and into the path of Ronaldo, who smashes it first time on the run and on the volley past a stunned De Gea from 10 yards!

Ronaldo smashes on the volley to score the opener.
Ronaldo smashes on the volley to score the opener. Photograph: Massimo Pinca/Reuters
And reels off in celebration.
And reels off in celebration. Photograph: Massimo Pinca/Reuters


61 min: Shaw makes an excellent, courageous headed clearance in front of De Gea. If he hadn’t made it, Cuadrado would have had a prime opportunity to turn Ronaldo’s cross from the left into the net.

Juve substitution: Matuidi on, Khedira off.

58 min: United enjoy a bout of possession. Martial and Sanchez perk up when they get near to the Juve box, trying to break through with some dainty flicks and passes. Juve foil them at the expense of a corner. Sanchez’s first delivery is a beauty, forcing Szczesny to scramble it out for another one. This time Sanchez’s delivery is rotten.

56 min: De Sciglio flies past Pogba down the right and pings in a low cross. Lindelof smacks it clear.

53 min: A break in play so that Young can receive treatment. Sandro gets a booking for the tackle that hurt the right-back.

Young collides with Sandro.
Young collides with Sandro. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images


51 min: It’s been a curious game from Pogba so far. He has hardly been involved. And when he has got the ball, he hasn’t made much use of it. He made a good run a moment ago to invite a pass from Sanchez, but when he got it wide in the box, he donked a weak cross straight to a defender. That’s how it’s been going for him so far today.

49 min: Dybala collects the ball from Cuadrado at the left-hand corner of the United box. He’s got space to turn and shoot, and he bamboozles De Gea with a vicious curling shot. The keeper, motionless, watches it fly by him and crash against the crossbar!

Cuadrado hits one.
Cuadrado hits one. Photograph: Andrea Di Marco/EPA


48 min: Fine play by United! Patient, snappy exchanges on the outskirts off the Juve box. Then Martial made a burst between two players and tried to guide a curler into the bottom corner from a tough angle. He missed by about a yard.

47 min: A mistake by Lindelof gives Juve a platform for attack. Smalling bails out his teammate by beating Dybala to a pass from Ronaldo.

46 min: Off we go again. No changes made by either side during the break.

Want to catch up on how the earlier matches unfolded today? Here is all you need to know.

Half-time: Juve 0-0 Man United

It’s been a satisfying half for United, who have shown much more poise and confidence than they did two weeks ago. They have been compact and restricted Juve to few openings - other than when Khedira hit the post while free eight yards out - and in possession they have been patient and progressive, without really threatening to score. Sanchez has been particularly bright.


45+1 min: A Ronaldo drive from way out takes a deflection on its way wide. Dybala’s corner provokes a moment of panic in the United box but Smalling eventually clears.

45 min: There will be at least one more minute. Pogba tries to end the half on the high by bending the ball into Juve’s net from the corner of their box. Szczesny saves comfortably.

43 min: Ronaldo bedazzles Shaw with a flash of trickery, and all Shaw can do is push him off the ball. Freekick to Juve, wide on the left. Dybala delivers it into the six-yard box. Lindelof scrambles it out for a corner. Smalling clears that.

Ronaldo goes past Shaw.
Ronaldo goes past Shaw. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters


42 min: A decent move by United founders on another bad delivery this time by Martial. Several times they’ve worked their way into decent positions and then goofed.

40 min: Dybala cuts in from the right, chops back on to his left foot and tries to curl the ball into the far corner from the edge of the box. The ball doesn’t swerve as much as he’d hoped and sails wide instead.

37 min: An uncharacteristically heavy touch by Pogba gifts possession to Juve, who hurtle forward. They win a corner.

35 min: Juve cut United open, De Sciglio picking out a run by Ronaldo, who crosses first time. Khedira is free in the middle but doesn’t catch his shot cleanly, scuffing the ball against the post from eight yards!

Khedira reacts after hitting the post.
Khedira reacts after hitting the post. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP


32 min: Super save by De Gea! He showed tremendous reflexes and agility to get down and paw away a nothing cross by Cuadrado that risked becoming something because of a deflection off Matic.

28 min: Sanche curls a 22-yard freekick into the wall, where Ronaldo blocks it. Juve then brea quickly forward. Khedira tries to beat De Gea with a crack on the ru from 25 yards. But the element of surprise is not enough to dupe the keeper.

26 min: Confident, composed build-up by United, working the ball from back to front in steady fashion. Practically every player in the team got at last one touch. Matic almost crowned the move with a dainty chipped pass towards Sanchez. but it was fractionally too long for the Chilean. Or the Chilean was fractionally too short, if you prefer. he stretched out his leg in the hope of poking the ball past the advancing keeper but he couldn’t get a touch.

Sanchez stretches for it, but can’t quite connect.
Sanchez stretches for it, but can’t quite connect. Photograph: Paul Currie/BPI/REX/Shutterstock


24 min: Some hesitancy from Lindelof is all Dybala needs to try to go for the jugular. It takes three defenders to stop him from wriggling through near the penalty spot. When the ball breaks to Pjanic, he lets fly from 20 yards. Matic makes a good block.

23 min: The pace of the game has dropped and Juve are spending more and more time on the ball, probing. United’s power of concentration being put to the test.

21 min: Freekick to United in an inviting area, wide on the left, almost level with the 18-yard line. Sanchez sends over an in-swinger. Bonucci heads clear. But it didn’t matter because Smalling is penalised for shoving Alex Sandro to the ground.

19 min: Bonucci plays a raking pass forward to Ronaldo, who nods it into the path of Khedira. The German had made a clever run from deep ... but wasn’t quite fast enough to get on the end of Ronaldo’s header.

18 min: A shoddy freekick from the right by Pjanic is wellied clear by Shaw.

16 min: The work Mourinho says he did in training to avert another slow start has paid off: if United have been upbeat so far and looking much closer to the class of their hosts. But the Juve are starting to ensure more of the match is played near the Untied goal ...

14 min: Cuadrado goes down in the box and appeals for a penalty, suggesting Lindelof stopped him from getting on the end of a cross from the left. The ref’s having none of it and then, by contrast, awards Martial a freekick after the forward got back deep to prevent De Sciglio from getting the ball.

12 min: After Pogba is caught in dancing with the ball outside the home area, Juve tear forward and Matic clunks into Dybala near half-way. That’s a yellow card.

Matic is shown yellow.
Matic is shown yellow. Photograph: Massimo Pinca/Reuters


10 min: Patient pressure applied by Juve. A shot b Betancur from 18 yards takes a nick off a defender and goes out for a corner.

8 min: Lingard wins possession in midfield and scampers forward, slipping a pass through to Martial. The Frenchman tries to wrap his foot around the ball and curl a shot towards the bottom corner from the edge of the box. But it’s blocked.

7 min: There’s a good crispness and briskness to United’s play so far. Up until the last pass, at least. Another cross from the right is misdirected

6 min: A strong bit of pressure from Juve ends with Dybala looping a pass over to Ronaldo, whose shot from eight yards is deviated out for a corner by Lindelof.

5 min: Young messes up a cross from the right after another promising move by United, with Sanchez again instrumental.

Sanchezholds off Bonucci.
Sanchezholds off Bonucci. Photograph: Paul Currie/BPI/REX/Shutterstock


3 min: Pogba, starting in a very advanced role, outjumps Bonucci and flicks on a header towards Martial. Juve snuff out the threat.

2 min: An encouragingly open start. United attacked briskly from the start, with Sanchez setting up Young for a dangerous cross from the right. Juve dealt with it fine. Then the hosts attacked, and Pjanic sent a teasing ball towards the back post, just beyond Dybala.

1 min: Juve v United is go! The visitors set the game in motion ...

The stadium looks and sounds full. The home team are clad all in white save for a couple of black stripes down their jersey. United are in a dark blue ensemble.

Valencia have moved into second place in the group by beating Young Boys 3-1. United would climb back above them with a draw or victory here. And they’re in the tunnel now, ready to go out and try to do just that.

Mourinho speaks

On the importance of this match: “It’s important but not crucial. We will not leave this stadium qualified, but also we will not leave in the Europa League or out of European competition .... The decision will be the last one in Valencia.”

On starting matches better: “We have tried with training processes to improve concentration levels from the beginning.”

On his team selection: “At home we played with Mata behind three attacking players. We didn’t have players on the bench to change the intensity and dynamic but we had an attacking team on the pitch. But [Juve] were really strong and controlled the match. Will today be different? I don’t know. But I have Marcus Rashford on the bench.”

On Lingard: “We think it’s a game where we need his creativity, one on one. Hopefully he has the confidence to do it against difficult opponents.”


In the other match in this group, which kicked off earlier, Valencia are leading 3-1 at home to Young Boys. There are only a few minutes left and the Swiss have been reduced to 10 men (or boys) with the sending off of Sekou Sanogo. At kickoff in Turin, then, United will be third in their group.

Team news

Juventus: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Bentancur; Cuadrado, Dybala, Ronaldo.
Subs: Perin, Benatia, Matuidi, Barzagli, Mandzukic, Cancelo, Rugani.

Man Utd: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelöf, Shaw; Ander Herrera, Matic, Pogba; Lingard, Sánchez, Martial.
Subs: Romero, Bailly, Darmian, Fred, Fellaini, Mata, Rashford

Referee: O Hategun (Romania)



Before kickoff today, José Mourinho might invoke Tuesday’s night’s action, and not just to laugh at Liverpool. For Manchester United could take inspiration from Red Star Belgrade and stage a famous victory against opponents who lorded it over them a fortnight ago. Mourinho said after his team’s comprehensive 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford two weeks ago. United have won both their domestic matches since then without showing enough improvement to suggest they can win today in Turin, or even draw. If they lose, they could drop to third in their group (if Valencia beat Young Boys).

On the other hand, if United were to win, then what a momentous result that would be! It would certainly raise their mood in advance of Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Manchester City, where another good result would mark this down as probably a pivotal week in the history of United under Mourinho. It’s a big one for Paul Pogba, too, for he will surely have to be at his best on his return to Juve if United are win.

Mourinho’s natural instinct would be to set out for a draw in Turin and that is probably the approach he will take. But the irritating paradox for him, of course, is that that is a risky strategy with a defence as flimsy as United’s. With this squad, playing the percentages means committing to attack. That attack will be without Romelu Lukaku today – he is injured – but Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been in slinky groove recently and are more likely to unhinge that formidable Juve defence anyway. Juve look better, but United have hope. It’s on!