Manchester United’s match against Tottenham Hotspur became Cristiano Ronaldo’s stage after he scored a hat-trick, which helped the Red Devils to an important 3-2 victory in the match week 29 of the English Premier League at Old Trafford, Sunday (13/3) early morning WIB.
Ronaldo scored Manchester United’s goals in the match, while Spurs pulled one back thanks to Harry Kane’s penalty and Harry Maguire’s own goal.
An additional three points brought Manchester United up to fourth position, shifting Arsenal with 50 points, meanwhile, Spurs stuck in seventh place with 45 points.
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Playing in front of their fans, Manchester United played attacking and tried to target an early goal in this match.
In the 12th minute, the Red Devils scored the first goal. Getting feedback from Fred, Cristiano Ronaldo fired hard from outside the penalty box which Hugo Lloris failed to reach. The score became 1-0 for the hosts.
Left behind by one goal, the Spurs tried to reply and increase the intensity of their attacks. In the 18th minute, Ben Davies had a chance to break into De Gea’s goal. However, the goal was disallowed because the defender was in an offside position.
Spurs had a golden opportunity to equalize in the 32nd minute after being awarded a penalty. Alex Telles did a handball in the penalty box.
Harry Kane stepped up as executor. David De Gea actually had read the direction of Kane’s penalty shot, but the pace of the ball was too strong so that it hit the goal of the Spanish national team goalkeeper. The score is 1-1.
MU did not take long to get back ahead in the 38th minute. Escaped the offside trap, Jadon Sancho sent a ripe pass to Ronaldo, who without difficulty converting the opportunity into a goal. The score changed to 2-1 for MU.
The score 2-1 lasted until the first half ended.
Left behind by one goal in the first half, Spurs played dominantly in possession and threatened the MU goal.
Antonio Conte’s squad finally managed to equalize in the 72nd minute through Harry Maguire’s own goal. Intending to block Sergio Reguilon’s cross, the ball went into De Gea’s goal. The score returned to a draw to 2-2.
MU tried to increase the intensity of their attacks. Edinson Cavani was brought in to replace Nemanja Matic.
After several attempts, MU took the lead again in the 82nd minute. Taking advantage of Telles’ corner, Ronaldo, who was not well guarded, managed to head the ball perfectly into Lloris’ goal. The score changed to 3-2.
After scoring that goal, Ronaldo was immediately replaced by Victor Lindelof.
The buying and selling of attacks continued until the end of the match, but the 3-2 position held for the Red Devils’ advantage. (Ant/OL-1)