The UEFA Champions League action on Wednesday brought us some high-end drama as Atletico Madrid’s early goal from Joao Felix was canceled out by 19-year-old Swedish prospect Anthony Elanga with 10 minutes to go for Manchester United, who escape the Wanda Metropolitano in Spain with a draw.
Atletico got things going via a diving header from Felix in the seventh minute where he was teed up by Renan Lodi.
It was the start of a tough day for center back Victor Lindelof, who was left on an island playing out of position as a right back for Ralf Rangnick. Lodi ran circles around him and Lindelof did the best he could, but his forwards offered little to no help.
It all somehow worked out for Rangnick’s side as Atleti failed to make their chances count, hitting the woodwork twice before Manchester United picked up the late equalizer with the teenage super sub.
Bruno Fernandes played an inch-perfect ball to spring Elanga and he had a cold finish to score his first Champions League goal to bring his side level.
Benfica stormed back as they needed help from Ajax’s prolific scorer Sebastian Haller to secure a 2-2 draw as the Ivorian put together a three-minute span in the first half where he scored and then conceded an own goal.
Benfica and Ajax played out an absorbing 2-2 draw at Estadio da Luz with the visitors twice taking the lead before being pegged back by their hosts.
The Dutch giants drew first blood when Dusan Tadic expertly finished from a Noussair Mazraoui assist, but it did not take long for the Portuguese to level as Sebastien Haller put through his own net.
The Ivory Coast international has been in exceptional form so far this season and made amends shortly afterwards when he put Ajax back in front after Odisseas Vlachodimos spilled the ball.
Benfica grew into things in the second half and began to push for an equalizer which eventually came through Roman Yaremchuk who made it 2-2 with 18 minutes to go in Lisbon.