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Ronaldo scores

Cristiano Ronaldo was a happy man on Saturday after his stunning free-kick helped Manchester United beat Blackburn 2-1.The Portuguese dynamo’s superb second-half set-piece at Old Trafford handed Sir Alex Ferguson’s men their tenth straight league win, a victory that takes them eight points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.Although second-placed Liverpool can reduce the gap on Sunday if they beat Manchester City at Anfield, Ronaldo was delighted with both the win – aided and abetted by Wayne Rooney’s opener – and United’s table-topping position.”The most important thing is that we are top of the table and now we are eight points ahead of Liverpool,” Ronaldo told United’s official television channel.”I’m very happy that we got three points. It was a very tough game. “The manager said before the game that it was going to be one of the toughest games of the season. He has experience and he knows better than anyone. “We saw in the game that Blackburn created chances and they were a dangerous team playing on the counter attack.”We controlled most of the game and had more opportunities. At the end of the day I think we deserved to win because we looked to score goals.”
Ronaldo also revealed that he was far from happy that he had been booked for diving, especially when Rovers midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen fell in the box but did not get booked.”I thought Pedersen dived. It wasn’t a penalty. Pedersen dived and didn’t get a yellow card, but I dived and he did book me! But I suppose that’s just the situation of the game,” Ronaldo explained.Despite being frustrated over his booking, Ronaldo was quick to say just how delighted he was with his 60th minute winner, a trademark free-kick that was hit with terrific power and which gave Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson little chance.
“I was pleased with my goal, it was a good free kick and an important goal. I’m looking forward to seeing it on television!”

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February 22, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , | Leave a comment

Manchester United 3-0 win over Fulham

Paul Scholes opened the scoring with his 97th Premier League goal, Dimitar Berbatov’s 12th goal of the season made it two and substitute Wayne Rooney completed the rout with his first touch after a seven-match absence.

In addition, it is now 1,302 minutes and over 14 games since Edwin van der Sar conceded a top-flight goal.

However, the statistic that looks most noteworthy is 18 league titles – the same as arch rivals Liverpool. For that is what United seem increasingly likely to achieve after winning their match in hand on the Merseyside giants at a canter.

And, although they will meet more difficult opposition than Roy Hodgson’s toothless bunch, it is hard to see how the Red Devils will relinquish their advantage in the remaining 13 games given they have now started scoring and no longer let any in.

If Van der Sar can keep Blackburn at bay for 89 minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday, he will eclipse the European record of Club Brugge stalwart Dany Verlinden, who went 1,390 without conceding a goal in 1990.

As expected, Rooney was named on the bench after missing seven games with a hamstring injury. However, Ryan Giggs did not even have that consolation as Sunday’s man-of-the-match at Derby watched on from the stands.

And therein lies the problem for all United’s rivals.

Rafael Benitez can only dream of being able to willingly leave out such stars and Chelsea are surely too far behind to have an impact no matter how aggrieved they might feel at Sir Alex Ferguson choosing his programme notes to write the Londoners off.

Although Fulham had no away wins and only three goals to their name, their results suggest an obduracy that might have caught United out. But that was not the case.

While not at their best, Ferguson’s men were well on top when Mark Schwarzer offered the kind of gift not really needed but accepted all the same.

Scholes could probably bring out a DVD compilation of the goals he has scored from the training ground move that simply involves a team-mate dropping a corner into his path.

Typically, the former England star responded to Michael Carrick’s invitation to shoot by launching a thunderbolt goalwards.

Schwarzer should have saved but somehow allowed the ball to squirm its way into the opposite corner.

The Australian is normally the most reliable of goalkeepers but it seemed he had been struck down by a sudden attack of nerves.

Failing to hold a Cristiano Ronaldo cross that bounced right in front of him, Schwarzer could only watch on helplessly as Berbatov steered the loose ball goalwards, only for Aaron Hughes to make the goalline clearance.

The Bulgarian was a conclusive winner next time the trio were in close proximity though. John O’Shea created the opportunity, continuing his run into the box after laying a pass off to Carrick.

Scholes provided the flick on that O’Shea toed Berbatov’s way. Schwarzer and Hughes closed in, neither man made contact and the United striker gleefully tapped home.

Had Berbatov not followed Carlos Tevez in having a effort disallowed for a marginal offside decision, Fulham might as well have started making their way home at the interval.

Not that the visitors were likely to score twice against a team who last felt the sinking feeling of conceding a goal at the beginning of November.

Two brilliant passes from Scholes created a half chance for Berbatov to force Schwarzer into a good save, which at least gave the former Middlesbrough man something to cheer before his net was bulging again.

Rooney had only been on the field for two minutes after replacing Berbatov and had yet to touch the ball when Park Ji-sung let fly with a low cross-shot. He did not need a settling-in period though as he tapped home at the far post.

For a fleeting moment it looked as though Van der Sar would be picking the ball out of his own net as well, but Bobby Zamora spurned the gilt-edged opportunity

February 19, 2009 Posted by | sports | , , , , , | Leave a comment

FA cup ManU wins Derby

Nani, Darron Gibson, Cristiano Ronaldo and Danny Welbeck all the 4 scored goals to lead ManU to a 4-1 victory.But Giggs  was at the centre of all the good work United produced on an eventful afternoon which leaves him just three wins away from becoming the first player since the 19th century to collect five winners’ medals in this most historic of competitions.Six weeks ago, United came to the same ground and were humbled as Derby basked in the glory of Nigel Clough’s appointment.The Red Devils reversed that result to book a Carling Cup final place, since when they have enhanced an unlikely quintuple bid by taking a stranglehold in the Barclays Premier League title race.een to ensure there was no repeat east midlands horror show, Ferguson sent his team – showing seven changes from the one that defeated West Ham last weekend – out with a sense of determination.Stephen Bywater was twice called upon to keep the visitors out, first denying Nani with a low save, then pulling off an amazing reaction effort to repel Park Ji-Sung.But it was already pretty obvious Derby needed an unexpected turn of events to emerge victorious and once referee Alan Wiley had rejected Rob Hulse’s claims for a penalty when he went down under Rio Ferdinand’s challenge, it was always unlikely to come.Nani seems to have lost his way a little in his second season at Old Trafford, yet he remains capable of those moments of genius for which compatriot Ronaldo is so famed.And, when he collected Ryan Giggs’ square pass and raced across the penalty area, the fierce 20-yard shot that followed was nothing out of character as it left Bywater with no chance.One Kris Commons free-kick that tested Ben Foster was about all Derby could manage in response before a bizarre period followed in which United were denied a goal that should have been allowed, and given one that should have been ruled out.Ronaldo’s celebrations were cut short by a very late flag after he raced clear and slotted the ball past Bywater. The officials needed to confer before acknowledging Giggs had flicked Ben Foster’s long throw through to the Portuguese superstar.Ferguson was not happy, making his feelings known to fourth official Rob Styles in no uncertain manner.Fortunately, United’s grumbles did not last too long, although how Rafael was not ruled to be offside as he ran straight in front of Bywater as Gibson volleyed in was a mystery.Any lingering doubt over who would be in the last eight was removed within three minutes of the restart.Giggs was again the provider, this time in routine fashion with a near-post corner which Ronaldo powered home, his elaborate celebration suggesting his 15th goal of the campaign should have come earlier.To all intents and purposes, it was game over, even if Miles Addison guided home a header to pull one back for Derby almost immediately.Ronaldo spurned a couple of chances to add to his tally, with Darren Fletcher failing to profit from a rebound.Enthusiastically Derby pressed forward in reply, Gary Teale bringing an excellent save out of Foster, handed a rare start ahead of record-breaking Edwin van der Sar.

But United were too good, with Giggs in particular truly majestic.At 35, with a barrow-load of trophies already, it could be argued the former Wales skipper is playing more consistently well than at any stage of his career.It still rankles with Ferguson that in the 1999 treble-winning season, Giggs, along with the remainder of United’s squad, was overlooked for all the major individual prizes in favour of David Ginola.

He further enhanced his credentials for this season’s player prizes by playing a role in Danny Welbeck’s late effort.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christiano Ronaldo FIFA player of the year

footyCristiano Ronaldo beat off competition from Lionel Messi, Xavi, as well
as Fernando Torres, and last year’s winner Kaka, to win the FIFA World
Player of the Year Award with a total of 935 vote points.In second place was Barcelona star Lionel Messi with 678, while Liverpool striker Fernando Torres finished third with 203.
AC Milan star Kaka was not far behind in fourth with 183, while Barcelona’s Xavi ended up fifth with 155.The
attacking wideman had a magnificent 2007/08 season, scoring 42 goals
for Manchester United, and capturing the Premier League, Champions
League and European Golden Boot. He followed this up this term by
lifting the Club World Cup in Japan.Ronaldo caps off a clean
sweep of the major awards, having also picked up the prestigious Ballon
d’Or (European Footballer of the Year) at the end of 2008.
The
23-year-old becomes the first English-based player to be named FIFA
World Player of the Year, and only the second Portuguese, following in
the footsteps of Luis Figo, who triumphed in 2001.
In the women’s category, Brazilian sensation Marta was victorious, winning for the third year in succession.
The
FIFA Fair Play Awards went jointly to the Armenia and Turkey Football
Federations for the work they did in helping bring the two countries
together politically, socially and football-wise.The FIFA Presidential Award was presented to the United States Women’s National Team.

January 13, 2009 Posted by | football | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Christiano Ronaldo

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Ronaldo the Mancheter united star scored his 100 n 101 goal againt stoke city at old trafford….

The red devils won the game with a great margin by out playing the Stroke’s to a 5-0 victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Manchester United hammered sorry Stoke 5-0 at Old Trafford.

The Portugal winger opened the scoring after just three minutes, his 100th United goal, with a trademark free-kick and Michael Carrick made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.

November 16, 2008 Posted by | football | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment