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Champions League Round-Up: Ronaldo rescues United again, Juventus win



Cristiano Ronaldo struck late once again to salvage a crucial point for Manchester United at the Gewiss Stadium.

The Portugal international had drawn the score level right before halftime, only to see United chasing the game after the break.

Josep Ilicic sent the Atalanta crowd into a frenzy as his shot found its way past David de Gea in the first half.

After Ronaldo’s equalizer, Duvan Zapata restored the home side’s lead in the 56th minute and it almost won the game for them, but a last gasp Ronaldo goal deprived them of all three points.

United were far from their best, but they did enough to hold on to their top position at Group F. A win from their remaining two matches will ensure qualification to the next round.

Chelsea edge Malmo

Reigning champions Chelsea moved closer to the knock-out stages with a 1-0 away win over Malmo.

With Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku unavailable because of injury, Chelsea had a lacklustre display in front of the opposition goal.

But, a rare Hakim Ziyech strike drew the line between the two sides and kept Chelsea second in the group behind Juventus.

Wolfsburg picked up their first European win of the season as the German outfit upset RB Salzburg with a 2-1 win.

New manager Florian Kohfeldt watched on from the sidelines as his team raced to victory, thanks to goals from Ridle Baku and Lucas Nmecha.

The win keeps Wolfsburg’s Champions League knockout stages hopes alive, as they are trailing top-placed Salzburg by only two points now and are level with second place holders Lille. 

Villarreal manager Unai Emery has emerged as the likeliest candidate to occupy the Newcastle United vacancy, but that did not distract the Yellow Submarines from the task at hand.

Etienne Capoue and Arnaut Danjuma got their names on the scoresheet as Villarreal cruised past Young Boys with a 2-0 win. 

Dybala shines in Juventus win

Juventus maintained their 100% record in this season’s Champions League with a remarkable 4-2 win over Zenit St Peterburg.

Paulo Dybala opened the scoring before Leonardo Bonucci put the ball into the back of his own net to make the scoreline 1-1.

Juventus took control of the match in the second half with goals from Dybala, Federico Chiesa, and Alvaro Morata.

Sardar Azmoun scored in added time to make the score seem more respectable.

Bayern move into last 16

Robert Lewandowski celebrated his 100th Champions League appearance with a hat-trick as Benfica received yet another thrashing at the hands of the Bavarians.

The match ended 5-2 in favour of the German champions and confirmed a knock-out stage spot for them.

Therefore, Barcelona, Benfica, and Dynamo Kyiv will compete for the remaining berth.

Lille turned the tables on Sevilla at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to grab a fantastic away win after falling behind in the first half.

Jonathan Davis canceled out Lucas Ocampos’ 15th minute opener, before Jonathan Ikone won it for Les Dogues in the second half. 

Barcelona remained in contention for a knock-out stage spot after picking up their second victory of the season in the Champions League.

Teenage sensation Ansu Fati broke the deadlock in the 70th minute, and then Barcelona survived periods of sustained pressure from the home side to claim all three points.

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WATCH: Georgina Rodriguez makes huge claim on Cristiano Ronaldo’s retirement in Football




Cristiano Ronaldo

Georgina Rodriguez made a huge claim on the future of her husband and star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, in Football. In a brief interaction with a host recently, Rodriguez was asked about the time left for Cristiano to make an impact at the highest level. Georgina looked honest in her approach to the question of the host and claimed something the fans would not love to hear.

Georgina claimed that the Portugal star has maybe one year more from him at the highest level. She felt that Ronaldo might play two more years before retiring and not more than that. She was however not sure if he would play for just one or two years and added that the Al Nassr star could also play more than that.

Watch the video of Georgina Rodriguez here –


“Cristiano one more year, then it’s over. Maybe two, I don’t know,” said Rodriguez in the little chat she had with the host. The video has gone viral on X and the fans have started sharing it on different platforms. Some of the fans feel that Georgina might be right, while others feel that she could be wrong, given the fitness and longevity of the star player.

Legacy of Cristiano Ronaldo

On the 5th of February, Ronaldo celebrated his 39th birthday. He is currently one of the oldest players in the world. In the past, players at this age would have retired way back. But the fitness and consistency of Ronaldo make him play the sport as long as he wishes. In his career so far, Ronaldo has won many major leagues for Portugal and league teams like Real Madrid, Al Nassr, and Manchester United.

With United, Portugal won some major leagues like the FA Cup and the Champions League. With Real Madrid, the 39-year-old won the leagues like the UCL, Copa Del Rey and La Liga. He won it three consecutive times for Real Madrid. For Portugal, Cristiano had a huge contribution to Portugal. He has the most number of appearances and goals for an international team and won the Euro 2016 with Portugal.

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Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham slapped with Red Card as he argued with referee




Jude Bellingham shown Red Card
Jude Bellingham shown Red Card (Image Credit: Twitter)

England and Real Madrid player Jude Bellingham was slapped with a Red Card during the La Liga game against Valencia. In the game, the home team, Valencia was leading by 2-0 after 30 minutes before Madrid scored in the injury time of the first half. Vinicius Junior opened the scoring for Madrid while Hugo Duro (27′) and Roman Yaremchuk (30′) scored a goal each.

In the 76th minute, Junior scored an equalizer to keep the team in the game. However, in the injury time of the second half, Bellingham was given a red card as he argued with the referee against calling it a full-time before he could score. In reply, the match official decided to slap the England international with a Red Card. The team coach Carlo Ancelotti wasn’t happy with the verdict as the Three Lions player was making a pass at the time.

“I think what’s just happened is unprecedented. It’s never happened to me,” Ancelotti told reporters.

“We had possession of the ball and the match should have been finished when Valencia had the ball.

“What bothers us is the red card for Bellingham because he didn’t say anything insulting. He was frustrated of course,” said Ancelotti, adding that Bellingham had used a common English swearword when telling the referee it was a goal.

We are annoyed with Jude Bellingham’s Red Card: Carlo Ancelotti

“We were annoyed with Bellingham’s red card. He didn’t say any insults. He said in English ‘it’s a f—ing goal,’ but he was just saying what we were all thinking … [The referee] allowed play to continue. I think he made a mistake.”

“[Bellingham] was clear in what he said,” Ancelotti added. “He was quite vehement [in his reaction] but that’s normal, after what happened. It wasn’t an insult, not at all.”

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PL 2023-24: MCFC vs MUFC Dream11 Prediction, Playing XI, Fantasy League Today’s Captain, Vice-Captain, and more for Manchester derby




MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11

Super Sunday is set to witness the Manchester Derby in the Premier League 2023-24. The match between Manchester City (MCFC) and Manchester United (MUFC) is set to take place in Etihad Stadium, the home ground of Manchester City. The two teams have had a contrasting journey in the league till now. The fortunes of City changed ever since Pep Guardiola took over the club as the manager.

While the home side are placed in the second position in the points table currently, United are in the sixth place in the points table. In their previous encounter, City hammered Luton Town by 6-2 in the FA Cup. United have shown massive improvements in the last few weeks after not having a good start to their campaign. United were involved in a thrilling game where they beat Nottingham Forrest by 1-0 in their last game.

Both teams feature some of the best players in the world. The likes of Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland, Marcus Rashford, Kevin De Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro, and others would be taking part in the match. Manchester City will start the match as the favourites, given their record in the ongoing league so far and the match taking place in their home. United with their improved record can challenge the home side.

MCFC vs MUFC – Match Details

Match – Manchester City (MCFC) vs Manchester United (MUFC), Premier League 2023-24

Venue – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Date and Time – 3rd March 2024, 21:00 IST

Live Coverage – Star Sports Network and Disney plus Hot Star

MCFC vs MUFC – Head-to-Head

Both the teams from Manchester have a rich history in the sport. they have been up against each other in 191 instances. In as many games, Manchester United have been historically the better side with 78 wins to their name. City have managed to win 60 wins, as 53 games ended in a draw. In the last five games between the two sides in the Premier League, City have won four of the five games.

MCFC vs MUFC – Likely XI

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Akanji, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Alvarez, Haaland, Foden

Manchester United: Onana, Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Amrabat, Casemiro, Manioo, McTominay, Fernandes, Rashford, Garnacho

MCFC vs MUFC – Fantasy XI

Grand League Team

Goal Keeper – E Moraes

Defenders – M Akanji, K Walker, H Maguire

Mid Fielders – Kevin De Bruyne, B Fernandes, R Hernandez, Casemiro

Forwards – E Haaland (VC), J Alvarez, M Rashford (C)

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Grand League

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Grand League (Source: X)

Head-to-Head Team

Goal Keeper – S Ortega

Defenders – M Akanji, K Walker, R Varane

Mid Fielders – K De Bruyne (C), B Fernandes (VC), B Silva, Casemiro

Forwards – E Haaland, J Alvarez, M Rashford

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Head to Head

MCFC vs MUFC, PL 2024 Dream11, Head to Head (Source: X)

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