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Leaving it late

With 21% of goals scored in the closing stages, this season’s Champions League has again brought last-gasp drama aplenty

WORDS Simon Hart

A word of advice to anybody planning to watch Tuesday evening’s game between Villarreal and the currently manager-less Manchester United: don’t leave your seat in the stadium, or armchair at home, until the very end.

After all, Group F really is the group of the late goal. It has witnessed nine (of 27 in total) scored after the 76th minute, and three matches won at the last, all involving United: the 2-1 defeat at Young Boys following Jordan Siebatcheu’s 95th-minute strike and the Old Trafford victories against Villarreal and Atalanta courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo efforts after 95 and 81minutes respectively.

Amid the fallout over this weekend’s sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, one aspect worth highlighting from the Norwegian’s so-called “cultural reboot” was that United undoubtedly revived their old habit of significant late goals on European nights.

From Marcus Rashford’s 94th-minute penalty winner at Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 in March 2019 to Ronaldo’s 91st-minute equaliser at Atalanta three weeks ago, there was no shortage of them under the man whose 1999 Champions League final clincher was the ultimate Fergie-time strike. United hit 11 of their 34 goals after the 75th minute in the Champions League/Europa League last term, while this season they have taken five Group F points from their three late goals – all thanks to flashes of inspiration from Ronaldo.

That said, it is Bayern München who are the kings of the late goal so far in this Champions League campaign. Six have come in the 80th minute or beyond, though in their case those late efforts have been less about snatching points than underlining their superiority against tiring opponents (witness Manchester City too).

The closest the German champions have come to leaving it late was at Benfica on Matchday 3, when they scored four times in the last 20 minutes. With the introduction of substitute Serge Gnabry, who teed up two goals, they were simply too strong and dynamic for opponents who had matched them for 70 minutes.

Luis Suárez currently holds the latest goal award of the group stage.


Overall, 42 of the 200 goals registered so far in the group stage have come in the period between the 76th minute and the full-time whistle – 21% of the total (nothing unusual here: last season’s figure was 23%). After Bayern, the biggest providers to this tally are Liverpool, the two Manchester clubs, Villarreal and Zenit, all with three apiece.

As for actual late winners, nine games have been won or lost by goals in the final stanza. Arguably none was more spectacular than Sébastien Thill’s brilliant 90th-minute half-volley for Sheriff to silence the Santiago Bernabéu. And none came later than Luis Suárez’s 97th-minute penalty winner for Atlético de Madrid at AC Milan.

Both those goals came in the same September week that also brought Ronaldo’s injury-time clincher against Villarreal. So, will lightning strike again in any of this week’s rematches? Tune in to find out…and stay tuned until the end or you might just miss something.

Matches won after the 75th minute

AC Milan 1-2 Atlético de Madrid
Suárez (pen) 90+7

Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United
Siebatcheu 90+5

Manchester United 2-1 Villarreal
Ronaldo 90+5

Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff
Thill 90

Inter 0-1 Real Madrid
Rodrygo 89

Zenit 0-1 Juventus
Kulusevski 86

Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Ajax
Haller83, Klaassen 90+3

Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta
Ronaldo 81

Atlético de Madrid 2-3 Liverpool
Salah (pen) 78

A word of advice to anybody planning to watch Tuesday evening’s game between Villarreal and the currently manager-less Manchester United: don’t leave your seat in the stadium, or armchair at home, until the very end.

After all, Group F really is the group of the late goal. It has witnessed nine (of 27 in total) scored after the 76th minute, and three matches won at the last, all involving United: the 2-1 defeat at Young Boys following Jordan Siebatcheu’s 95th-minute strike and the Old Trafford victories against Villarreal and Atalanta courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo efforts after 95 and 81minutes respectively.

Amid the fallout over this weekend’s sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, one aspect worth highlighting from the Norwegian’s so-called “cultural reboot” was that United undoubtedly revived their old habit of significant late goals on European nights.

From Marcus Rashford’s 94th-minute penalty winner at Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 in March 2019 to Ronaldo’s 91st-minute equaliser at Atalanta three weeks ago, there was no shortage of them under the man whose 1999 Champions League final clincher was the ultimate Fergie-time strike. United hit 11 of their 34 goals after the 75th minute in the Champions League/Europa League last term, while this season they have taken five Group F points from their three late goals – all thanks to flashes of inspiration from Ronaldo.

That said, it is Bayern München who are the kings of the late goal so far in this Champions League campaign. Six have come in the 80th minute or beyond, though in their case those late efforts have been less about snatching points than underlining their superiority against tiring opponents (witness Manchester City too).

The closest the German champions have come to leaving it late was at Benfica on Matchday 3, when they scored four times in the last 20 minutes. With the introduction of substitute Serge Gnabry, who teed up two goals, they were simply too strong and dynamic for opponents who had matched them for 70 minutes.

Luis Suárez currently holds the latest goal award of the group stage.


Overall, 42 of the 200 goals registered so far in the group stage have come in the period between the 76th minute and the full-time whistle – 21% of the total (nothing unusual here: last season’s figure was 23%). After Bayern, the biggest providers to this tally are Liverpool, the two Manchester clubs, Villarreal and Zenit, all with three apiece.

As for actual late winners, nine games have been won or lost by goals in the final stanza. Arguably none was more spectacular than Sébastien Thill’s brilliant 90th-minute half-volley for Sheriff to silence the Santiago Bernabéu. And none came later than Luis Suárez’s 97th-minute penalty winner for Atlético de Madrid at AC Milan.

Both those goals came in the same September week that also brought Ronaldo’s injury-time clincher against Villarreal. So, will lightning strike again in any of this week’s rematches? Tune in to find out…and stay tuned until the end or you might just miss something.

Matches won after the 75th minute

AC Milan 1-2 Atlético de Madrid
Suárez (pen) 90+7

Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United
Siebatcheu 90+5

Manchester United 2-1 Villarreal
Ronaldo 90+5

Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff
Thill 90

Inter 0-1 Real Madrid
Rodrygo 89

Zenit 0-1 Juventus
Kulusevski 86

Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Ajax
Haller83, Klaassen 90+3

Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta
Ronaldo 81

Atlético de Madrid 2-3 Liverpool
Salah (pen) 78

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A word of advice to anybody planning to watch Tuesday evening’s game between Villarreal and the currently manager-less Manchester United: don’t leave your seat in the stadium, or armchair at home, until the very end.

After all, Group F really is the group of the late goal. It has witnessed nine (of 27 in total) scored after the 76th minute, and three matches won at the last, all involving United: the 2-1 defeat at Young Boys following Jordan Siebatcheu’s 95th-minute strike and the Old Trafford victories against Villarreal and Atalanta courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo efforts after 95 and 81minutes respectively.

Amid the fallout over this weekend’s sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, one aspect worth highlighting from the Norwegian’s so-called “cultural reboot” was that United undoubtedly revived their old habit of significant late goals on European nights.

From Marcus Rashford’s 94th-minute penalty winner at Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 in March 2019 to Ronaldo’s 91st-minute equaliser at Atalanta three weeks ago, there was no shortage of them under the man whose 1999 Champions League final clincher was the ultimate Fergie-time strike. United hit 11 of their 34 goals after the 75th minute in the Champions League/Europa League last term, while this season they have taken five Group F points from their three late goals – all thanks to flashes of inspiration from Ronaldo.

That said, it is Bayern München who are the kings of the late goal so far in this Champions League campaign. Six have come in the 80th minute or beyond, though in their case those late efforts have been less about snatching points than underlining their superiority against tiring opponents (witness Manchester City too).

The closest the German champions have come to leaving it late was at Benfica on Matchday 3, when they scored four times in the last 20 minutes. With the introduction of substitute Serge Gnabry, who teed up two goals, they were simply too strong and dynamic for opponents who had matched them for 70 minutes.

Luis Suárez currently holds the latest goal award of the group stage.


Overall, 42 of the 200 goals registered so far in the group stage have come in the period between the 76th minute and the full-time whistle – 21% of the total (nothing unusual here: last season’s figure was 23%). After Bayern, the biggest providers to this tally are Liverpool, the two Manchester clubs, Villarreal and Zenit, all with three apiece.

As for actual late winners, nine games have been won or lost by goals in the final stanza. Arguably none was more spectacular than Sébastien Thill’s brilliant 90th-minute half-volley for Sheriff to silence the Santiago Bernabéu. And none came later than Luis Suárez’s 97th-minute penalty winner for Atlético de Madrid at AC Milan.

Both those goals came in the same September week that also brought Ronaldo’s injury-time clincher against Villarreal. So, will lightning strike again in any of this week’s rematches? Tune in to find out…and stay tuned until the end or you might just miss something.

Matches won after the 75th minute

AC Milan 1-2 Atlético de Madrid
Suárez (pen) 90+7

Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United
Siebatcheu 90+5

Manchester United 2-1 Villarreal
Ronaldo 90+5

Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff
Thill 90

Inter 0-1 Real Madrid
Rodrygo 89

Zenit 0-1 Juventus
Kulusevski 86

Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Ajax
Haller83, Klaassen 90+3

Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta
Ronaldo 81

Atlético de Madrid 2-3 Liverpool
Salah (pen) 78

Leaving it late
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Leaving it late

With 21% of goals scored in the closing stages, this season’s Champions League has again brought last-gasp drama aplenty

WORDS Simon Hart

A word of advice to anybody planning to watch Tuesday evening’s game between Villarreal and the currently manager-less Manchester United: don’t leave your seat in the stadium, or armchair at home, until the very end.

After all, Group F really is the group of the late goal. It has witnessed nine (of 27 in total) scored after the 76th minute, and three matches won at the last, all involving United: the 2-1 defeat at Young Boys following Jordan Siebatcheu’s 95th-minute strike and the Old Trafford victories against Villarreal and Atalanta courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo efforts after 95 and 81minutes respectively.

Amid the fallout over this weekend’s sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, one aspect worth highlighting from the Norwegian’s so-called “cultural reboot” was that United undoubtedly revived their old habit of significant late goals on European nights.

From Marcus Rashford’s 94th-minute penalty winner at Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 in March 2019 to Ronaldo’s 91st-minute equaliser at Atalanta three weeks ago, there was no shortage of them under the man whose 1999 Champions League final clincher was the ultimate Fergie-time strike. United hit 11 of their 34 goals after the 75th minute in the Champions League/Europa League last term, while this season they have taken five Group F points from their three late goals – all thanks to flashes of inspiration from Ronaldo.

That said, it is Bayern München who are the kings of the late goal so far in this Champions League campaign. Six have come in the 80th minute or beyond, though in their case those late efforts have been less about snatching points than underlining their superiority against tiring opponents (witness Manchester City too).

The closest the German champions have come to leaving it late was at Benfica on Matchday 3, when they scored four times in the last 20 minutes. With the introduction of substitute Serge Gnabry, who teed up two goals, they were simply too strong and dynamic for opponents who had matched them for 70 minutes.

Luis Suárez currently holds the latest goal award of the group stage.


Overall, 42 of the 200 goals registered so far in the group stage have come in the period between the 76th minute and the full-time whistle – 21% of the total (nothing unusual here: last season’s figure was 23%). After Bayern, the biggest providers to this tally are Liverpool, the two Manchester clubs, Villarreal and Zenit, all with three apiece.

As for actual late winners, nine games have been won or lost by goals in the final stanza. Arguably none was more spectacular than Sébastien Thill’s brilliant 90th-minute half-volley for Sheriff to silence the Santiago Bernabéu. And none came later than Luis Suárez’s 97th-minute penalty winner for Atlético de Madrid at AC Milan.

Both those goals came in the same September week that also brought Ronaldo’s injury-time clincher against Villarreal. So, will lightning strike again in any of this week’s rematches? Tune in to find out…and stay tuned until the end or you might just miss something.

Matches won after the 75th minute

AC Milan 1-2 Atlético de Madrid
Suárez (pen) 90+7

Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United
Siebatcheu 90+5

Manchester United 2-1 Villarreal
Ronaldo 90+5

Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff
Thill 90

Inter 0-1 Real Madrid
Rodrygo 89

Zenit 0-1 Juventus
Kulusevski 86

Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Ajax
Haller83, Klaassen 90+3

Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta
Ronaldo 81

Atlético de Madrid 2-3 Liverpool
Salah (pen) 78

Penalty Pedigree

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A word of advice to anybody planning to watch Tuesday evening’s game between Villarreal and the currently manager-less Manchester United: don’t leave your seat in the stadium, or armchair at home, until the very end.

After all, Group F really is the group of the late goal. It has witnessed nine (of 27 in total) scored after the 76th minute, and three matches won at the last, all involving United: the 2-1 defeat at Young Boys following Jordan Siebatcheu’s 95th-minute strike and the Old Trafford victories against Villarreal and Atalanta courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo efforts after 95 and 81minutes respectively.

Amid the fallout over this weekend’s sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, one aspect worth highlighting from the Norwegian’s so-called “cultural reboot” was that United undoubtedly revived their old habit of significant late goals on European nights.

From Marcus Rashford’s 94th-minute penalty winner at Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 in March 2019 to Ronaldo’s 91st-minute equaliser at Atalanta three weeks ago, there was no shortage of them under the man whose 1999 Champions League final clincher was the ultimate Fergie-time strike. United hit 11 of their 34 goals after the 75th minute in the Champions League/Europa League last term, while this season they have taken five Group F points from their three late goals – all thanks to flashes of inspiration from Ronaldo.

That said, it is Bayern München who are the kings of the late goal so far in this Champions League campaign. Six have come in the 80th minute or beyond, though in their case those late efforts have been less about snatching points than underlining their superiority against tiring opponents (witness Manchester City too).

The closest the German champions have come to leaving it late was at Benfica on Matchday 3, when they scored four times in the last 20 minutes. With the introduction of substitute Serge Gnabry, who teed up two goals, they were simply too strong and dynamic for opponents who had matched them for 70 minutes.

Luis Suárez currently holds the latest goal award of the group stage.


Overall, 42 of the 200 goals registered so far in the group stage have come in the period between the 76th minute and the full-time whistle – 21% of the total (nothing unusual here: last season’s figure was 23%). After Bayern, the biggest providers to this tally are Liverpool, the two Manchester clubs, Villarreal and Zenit, all with three apiece.

As for actual late winners, nine games have been won or lost by goals in the final stanza. Arguably none was more spectacular than Sébastien Thill’s brilliant 90th-minute half-volley for Sheriff to silence the Santiago Bernabéu. And none came later than Luis Suárez’s 97th-minute penalty winner for Atlético de Madrid at AC Milan.

Both those goals came in the same September week that also brought Ronaldo’s injury-time clincher against Villarreal. So, will lightning strike again in any of this week’s rematches? Tune in to find out…and stay tuned until the end or you might just miss something.

Matches won after the 75th minute

AC Milan 1-2 Atlético de Madrid
Suárez (pen) 90+7

Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United
Siebatcheu 90+5

Manchester United 2-1 Villarreal
Ronaldo 90+5

Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff
Thill 90

Inter 0-1 Real Madrid
Rodrygo 89

Zenit 0-1 Juventus
Kulusevski 86

Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Ajax
Haller83, Klaassen 90+3

Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta
Ronaldo 81

Atlético de Madrid 2-3 Liverpool
Salah (pen) 78

Read the full story
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A word of advice to anybody planning to watch Tuesday evening’s game between Villarreal and the currently manager-less Manchester United: don’t leave your seat in the stadium, or armchair at home, until the very end.

After all, Group F really is the group of the late goal. It has witnessed nine (of 27 in total) scored after the 76th minute, and three matches won at the last, all involving United: the 2-1 defeat at Young Boys following Jordan Siebatcheu’s 95th-minute strike and the Old Trafford victories against Villarreal and Atalanta courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo efforts after 95 and 81minutes respectively.

Amid the fallout over this weekend’s sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, one aspect worth highlighting from the Norwegian’s so-called “cultural reboot” was that United undoubtedly revived their old habit of significant late goals on European nights.

From Marcus Rashford’s 94th-minute penalty winner at Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 in March 2019 to Ronaldo’s 91st-minute equaliser at Atalanta three weeks ago, there was no shortage of them under the man whose 1999 Champions League final clincher was the ultimate Fergie-time strike. United hit 11 of their 34 goals after the 75th minute in the Champions League/Europa League last term, while this season they have taken five Group F points from their three late goals – all thanks to flashes of inspiration from Ronaldo.

That said, it is Bayern München who are the kings of the late goal so far in this Champions League campaign. Six have come in the 80th minute or beyond, though in their case those late efforts have been less about snatching points than underlining their superiority against tiring opponents (witness Manchester City too).

The closest the German champions have come to leaving it late was at Benfica on Matchday 3, when they scored four times in the last 20 minutes. With the introduction of substitute Serge Gnabry, who teed up two goals, they were simply too strong and dynamic for opponents who had matched them for 70 minutes.

Luis Suárez currently holds the latest goal award of the group stage.


Overall, 42 of the 200 goals registered so far in the group stage have come in the period between the 76th minute and the full-time whistle – 21% of the total (nothing unusual here: last season’s figure was 23%). After Bayern, the biggest providers to this tally are Liverpool, the two Manchester clubs, Villarreal and Zenit, all with three apiece.

As for actual late winners, nine games have been won or lost by goals in the final stanza. Arguably none was more spectacular than Sébastien Thill’s brilliant 90th-minute half-volley for Sheriff to silence the Santiago Bernabéu. And none came later than Luis Suárez’s 97th-minute penalty winner for Atlético de Madrid at AC Milan.

Both those goals came in the same September week that also brought Ronaldo’s injury-time clincher against Villarreal. So, will lightning strike again in any of this week’s rematches? Tune in to find out…and stay tuned until the end or you might just miss something.

Matches won after the 75th minute

AC Milan 1-2 Atlético de Madrid
Suárez (pen) 90+7

Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United
Siebatcheu 90+5

Manchester United 2-1 Villarreal
Ronaldo 90+5

Real Madrid 1-2 Sheriff
Thill 90

Inter 0-1 Real Madrid
Rodrygo 89

Zenit 0-1 Juventus
Kulusevski 86

Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Ajax
Haller83, Klaassen 90+3

Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta
Ronaldo 81

Atlético de Madrid 2-3 Liverpool
Salah (pen) 78

Penalty Pedigree

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