Teenager Anthony Elanga salvages draw for Manchester United in opposition to Atletico Madrid in Champions League
João Felix’s highly effective header had given Atletico an early lead in Wednesday’s sport and the house aspect regarded on the right track for victory, having managed proceedings on the Wanda Metropolitano.
However the 19-year-old Elanga, introduced on as a second-half substitute by Ralf Rangnick, leveled the tie with United’s first — and solely — heading in the right direction shot of the night time after he was put via on purpose by Bruno Fernandes’ go.
“I’ve dreamt of moments like this, scoring within the Champions League,” Elanga informed BT Sport. “Clearly, an enormous event like this in opposition to a prime European crew like Atletico Madrid, like I mentioned, it is a dream come true.”
Felix, one among Atletico’s standout gamers within the sport, had given Atletico the lead after simply seven minutes, when he linked with Renan Lodi’s cross to fireside a header off the put up and into the Manchester United web.
One other Lodi cross virtually created a second purpose for the house aspect on the finish of the primary half, however Sime Vrsaljko’s header deflected off Victor Lindelof’s face and onto the crossbar.
Atletico regarded prone to maintain onto the lead all through the second half, however Elanga’s first-time end on 80 minutes — his first purpose within the Champions League — dramatically modified the complexion of the tie.
Antoine Griezmann got here near restoring Atletico’s lead minutes later, however his left-footed shot from contained in the United field bounced off the crossbar.
Elanga’s purpose means the tie is evenly poised forward of the second leg in Manchester on March 16.
And after difficult home campaigns thus far this season — reigning La Liga champion Atletico is fifth within the Spanish league, whereas Manchester United is fourth within the English Premier League — each groups shall be attempting to maintain their hopes alive within the Champions League.
In Wednesday’s different sport, Benfica and Ajax drew 2-2 after Ajax had twice led on the Estadio da Luz.
Dusan Tadic opened the scoring for the Dutch aspect with a half volley earlier than Sebastian Haller’s personal purpose made it 1-1. 4 minutes later, nevertheless, Haller scored on the different finish to provide Ajax the lead at halftime together with his eleventh purpose in seven Champions League video games — the quickest it has taken any participant to get to 11 objectives within the competitors’s historical past.
However, with 18 minutes remaining, Roman Yaremchuk equalized for Benfica with a close-range header to stage the tie forward of the second leg in Amsterdam subsequent month.