Juventus vs Manchester United: Late own goal secures famous victory for Jose Mourinho's men

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Manchester United produced a comeback almost as stunning as Cristiano Ronaldo’s volley to secure a late 2-1 Champions League win that will live long in the memory.

A fortnight on from being wholly outclassed by the perennial Serie A champions at Old Trafford, the notable improvements made by Jose Mourinho‘s side looked set to be undone by a moment of brilliance.

Ronaldo’s volley will be replayed again and again, but it counted for nothing as United dug deep to produce a famous late comeback.

Juan Mata’s sumptuous free-kick hushed the Juventus faithful and Alex Sandro’s late own goal secured a win in Turin that breathes new life into the visitors’ Champions League campaign.

Mourinho certainly enjoyed the victory, going onto the pitch at full-time and cupping his ear to jeers from the crowd. A fitting end to a mad evening.

Re-live the action below:

Good evening and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of tonight’s Champions League action.

Our main focus will be on Manchester United’s trip to Turin to face Juventus, while we will also have updates on Manchester City’s home game against Shakhtar Donetsk.

TEAM NEWS

The two Manchester clubs have named their teams for tonight’s fixtures.

Jose Mourinho makes two alterations from Saturday’s win against Bournemouth with Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard coming in for Fred and Juan Mata.

TEAM NEWS

Pep Guardiola also makes two changes: Riyad Mahrez is selected ahead of Leroy Sane, while Oleksandr Zinchenko comes in at left-back to face the club where he played most of his youth football.

TEAM NEWS

Here is how the hosts in Turin line-up tonight, with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the line against his former club.

TEAM NEWS
 

Finally, Shakhtar Donetsk line up like this: Andriy Pyatov; Mykola Matviyenko, Serhiy Kryvtsov, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Taras Stepanenko, Maycon, Taison, Viktor Kovalenko, Serhiy Bolbat; Junior Moraes

While many see this as a crucial game for his side, Jose Mourinho has done his best to downplay the importance of tonight’s fixture, while also giving an update on the absent Romelu Lukaku, who is doubtful for the Manchester Derby on Sunday:

Ahead of kick-off, have a read of Samuel Lovett‘s magnificent dissection of sporting heroes and the dangers of blind devotion to them:

Less than ten minutes until kick-off in Manchester and Turin.

It is Champions League time…

The action of note from the early fixtures came from Valencia. The Spanish side beat Young Boys 3-1 and leapfrogged above Manchester United in Group H.

On to the pitch wander the players…

A reminder that there will be more detailed coverage of Juventus vs Manchester United, and updates from Manchester City’s game with Shakhtar Donetsk.

KICK OFF

The game is underway at the Etihad Stadium. Manchester City could qualify with a win…

Kick-off, too, at the Allianz Stadium.

Juventus 0-0 Manchester United, 1 minute

A bright start from Manchester United but they can’t work a goalscoring opportunity.

Alexis Snaches has begun as the most central of an attacking three, with Anthony Martial left and Jesse Lingard right.

​Juventus 0-0 Manchester United, 3 minutes

More good play from the away side.

Ashley Young has found space on a couple of occasions early on and Alexis Sanchez has seen plenty of the ball already. Encouraging signs.

Juventus 0-0 Manchester United, 4 minutes

A first forward foray from Juventus and Paulo Dybala lifts a ball to Cristiano Ronaldo.

His volley is blocked behind for a corner. 

Juventus 0-0 Manchester United, 5 minutes

The corner is cut out and Manchester United look to break.

Jesse Lingard tries to find Anthony Martial when a pass to Ander Herrera breaking free on the right might have been a preferable option, and the attack breaks down.

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