Manchester United drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League thanks to a goal from Anthony Elanga.
Anthony Elanga’s late equalizer for Man United in the Premier League quarterfinal match against Atletico Madrid delighted Cristiano Ronaldo.
Elanga, a 19-year-old who had never played in a European game before, rescued a point for the visitors for his first goal of the season in the dying minutes in Madrid.
However, United no longer enjoy an away-goal advantage due to the revisions in the competition’s rules this season, thus the tie is now precariously balanced ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford next month.
Elanga’s equalizer gives United some much-needed momentum, while Ronaldo was among the many who expressed their gratitude for the goal.
In spite of Ronaldo’s lack of action on the field, his celebration was felt by the home crowd, who had previously treated him with hostility due to his lengthy relationship with city rivals Real Madrid.
Previously-deleted Twitter clip showed the seasoned forward racing towards his teammates with his arms high.
During the second leg, which will take place on March 15 in Manchester, Ronaldo hopes to make a bigger effect.
Manchester United will be trying to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for first time ever since 2017-18 season when they take on Atletico Madrid.
After winning runners-up in the Champions League in the 2010/11 season, Ralf Rangnick’s team has only advanced to the round of 16 twice.
Sevilla and Real Madrid have both knocked United out of the Round of 16 in that time frame.