Beyond the crisis of Manchester United, who lost to Arsenal 3-1 in a new date of the Premier League, Cristiano Ronaldo had a caress to the soul: he received an ovation plagued by applause after 7 minutes of play by the public rival. The reaction of the local fans was due to the complicated days that the Portuguese went through, due to the death of one of his two twin sons during childbirth.
Later, CR7 had the pleasure of scoring his 100th Premier League goal and had a more than special celebration: sorrowful, he looked up at the sky in dedication to his son. The conquest of him occurred 34 minutes into the first half, when the Reds were already losing 2-0, after gaining position from the two rivals who marked him after a cross from Nemamja Matic.
Applause for Ronaldo at 7 minutes
On Monday, with his signature and that of his wife Georgina Rodríguez, Cristiano had published a text announcing the news: “With our deepest sadness we have to announce the death of our son. It is the greatest pain that parents can feel. Only the birth of our daughter gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness. We want to thank the doctors and nurses for her care and support. We are devastated by this loss and ask for privacy at this difficult time. Baby, you are our angel. We will always love you.”
Although Ronaldo does not stop scoring goals even in his most delicate moments, his team is far from keeping up with the level of the Portuguese. Of United’s last eight goals, CR7 scored seven. This time, little more could be done to avoid the tenth loss in the tournament of the Red Devils, who are sixth in the standings, with 54 points, and could circumstantially lose that last place that leads to the international cups if West Ham ( 52) defeats Chelsea this Sunday, or if Wolves (49) prevail in the two fewer games. The situation in Manchester is uncomfortable, six dates from the end.
Tavares’ goal for Arsenal
Nuno Tavares opened the scoring after 3 minutes, appearing at the far post after David De Gea managed to swipe Bukayo Saka’s shot, after two defenders failed to clear a cross.
Saka’s penalty kick
At 32 of that first stage, Arsenal increased the advantage thanks to a penalty that Saka executed, putting the ball on the opposite side to the goalkeeper. The number 7 himself had been fouled by the Brazilian Alex Telles.
The conquest of Cristiano Ronaldo for United
Ronaldo gave the game a certain suspense two minutes later, with a great personal move to gain position inside the area and not spare Aaron Ramsdale, in what was his 100th goal.
Xhaka defined the match for Arsenal
At 12 minutes into the second half, Manchester United had a great chance to equalize, but the penalty executed by the Portuguese Bruno Fernández hit one of the posts. The player’s disappointed face after seeing the ball go over the baseline said it all, while Ramsdale shouted it like a goal in front of the Portuguese.
And the Swiss Granit Xhaka lowered the blind at 25, when he established the 3-1 with a great goal: from outside the area he nailed it next to a stick, while his teammates claimed a penalty. After that, little or nothing happened. Ronaldo’s 100th goal was overshadowed by another defeat for United.