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United troubles deepen as Madrid, Bayern grab tense wins

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala (right) celebrates with teammate Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring against Manchester United in Champions League action at Old Trafford, Manchester yesterday. Juventus won 1-0.

LONDON (AP):

Even as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich returned to winning ways, Manchester United's troubles only deepened.

After again failing to arrive on time by bus for a Champions League game - except for Jose Mourinho, who walked from his hotel - United seemed stuck in a lower gear than Juventus in a 1-0 loss as Cristiano Ronaldo made a winning return to Old Trafford.

That leaves United with just one win from their last seven games as Mourinho's men struggle to make much headway on the roads or on the field.

Another embattled coach earned an unconvincing win as Julen Lopetegui's Real Madrid finally registered their first win since September 22, though it was only 2-1 against Viktoria Plzen and there's a "clasico" against Barcelona coming up on Sunday. Bayern continued to steady the ship after ending a four-game winless run last week, beating a gritty AEK Athens team 2-0.

 

ALL EYES ON RONALDO

 

He didn't score - though it needed a spectacular save from David de Gea to stop him - but Ronaldo was the focus of attention for Juventus against United.

Ronaldo was approached by three fans who got on to the field in two separate incidents, and took a selfie with two of them.

Paulo Dybala's goal and some tough defending helped Juventus become the only team in the Champions League so far to win all their opening three games, and potentially a contender to win the trophy for the first time in 22 years. United almost had a way back when Paul Pogba hit the post with a curling shot.

The other two teams in Group H, Valencia and Young Boys, looked very much like they're playing for third place in a 1-1 draw which saw Guillaume Hoarau score the first-ever group-stage goal for Swiss champions Young Boys.

 

MISFIRING MADRID

 

It's not often that Real Madrid fans have to wait a month for a win, but that's what it took.

Still, beating Plzen 2-1 wasn't enough to stop the home fans from booing.

The Czech team forced its way back into the game from 2-0 down thanks to Patrik Hrosovsky's 79th-minute goal, leaving Madrid to cling on for the three points.

Karim Benzema and Marcelo had earlier scored for Madrid, whose win shores up its position in Group G, level with leader Roma on six points.

Other results: Ajax 1 Benfica 0; Hoffenheim 3 Lyon 3; Shakhtar Donetsk 0 Manchester City 3; Roma 3 CSKA Moscow 0.