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In a match whose outcome remained suspended until the last moments, Manchester United regained the tone of the victories that were absent from it in the last three stages of the English Premier League football, after achieving an exciting 3/2 victory over its guest Arsenal, on Thursday evening in the fourteenth stage of the competition.
The balance of Manchester United, which won its second victory in its last nine meetings in the competition, rose to 21 points, advancing to seventh place after it was in the tenth place, while the balance of Arsenal, which won its fifth loss in the championship this season and the second in its last three games, stopped at 23 Point to remain in fifth place.
Arsenal scored a controversial goal for young player Emile Smith Roy in the 13th minute, but Bruno Fernandes equalized for Manchester United in the 44th minute.
Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo added the second goal for United in the 52nd minute, but Arsenal quickly equalized through Norwegian Martin Odegaard in the 55th minute.
Ronaldo gave United the three points, after scoring the winning goal for the hosts in the 70th minute from a penalty kick, to raise his scoring tally in the tournament this season to 6 goals, 7 goals behind the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer, who is still at the top of the top scorer in the prestigious competition in current season.
The match began with a mutual possession of the ball, but the eighth minute witnessed the first shot in the meeting by Manchester United player Diogo Dalot, who aimed from outside the penalty area, but he put the ball easily in the hands of Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal goalkeeper.
Arsenal responded with an organized attack in the tenth minute, which ended with a ground shot from the edge of the area by Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but he put the ball weak in the arms of the Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, Manchester United goalkeeper.
Ronaldo took advantage of a wrong pass from Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, to shoot from outside the area in the 12th minute, but put the ball next to the left post, while Gabriel Martinelli headed a header, but De Gea removed the ball with his fingertips for a corner kick.
Arsenal scored a controversial goal in the 17th minute through Smith Roy, who received a head pass from the Egyptian Mohamed Elneny, to hit a shell from outside the area, putting the ball to the right of De Gea, who was falling on the field, due to a collision with his colleague Farid during one of the balls , Before the player of the London team shot the ball into the goal.
Referee Martin Atkinson, who refereed the match, waited until De Gea was treated, before deciding to award the goal, after using the video assistant referee (VAR) technique.
United intensified their attacks in an attempt to equalize quickly, and Ronaldo fired from inside the area in the 19th minute, but Ramsdale was on time, while Harry Maguire fired a shot from outside the area in the 29th minute, which went into a goal kick.
Maguire returned to threaten Arsenal’s goal again, as he shot from outside the area in the 36th minute, Ramsdale had her on the lookout, but unlike the course of play, Martinelli missed a real chance for Arsenal, after he shot from inside the area, without harassment from anyone, but he put the ball very strangely next to the left post.
And soon United punished Arsenal for missing Martinelli’s opportunity, after Bruno Fernandes scored the equalizer for the hosts in the 44th minute.
After a series of elaborate quick passes, the ball reached Fred, who sent a cross to Fernandez, who shot from inside the area, putting the ball to the left of Ramsdale into the net, and the first half ends with a 1-1 tie.
The start of the second half was exciting, as Gabriel Magalich missed an opportunity for Arsenal in the 47th minute, when he followed a cross pass, to hit a neat header, but De Gea pushed the ball off the goal line.
Ronaldo missed a sure chance for United in the 49th minute, when he received the ball inside the area, to dodge the defense skillfully and hit the goal, but Ramsdell saved the ball brilliantly.
United accelerated his rhythm and forced Arsenal to retreat to the defense, as Marcus Rashford fired from outside the area, but he put the ball in the middle of the goal, and Ramsdale grabbed the ball easily.
And the 52nd minute bore the good news for United, after Ronaldo scored the second goal for the home team, as he followed a cross pass from the right through Rashford, to hit directly inside the area, guarding the defense, putting the ball to the right of the Arsenal goalkeeper into the net.
Manchester United did not congratulate United with the goal of advancing much, after Odegaard scored the equalizer for Arsenal in the 55th minute, which was very similar to Ronaldo’s goal, as he followed a crawling cross from the right side by Martinelli, to put the ball directly without harassment from anyone, to the right De Gea and inhabit the goal.
United’s rhythm calmed down relatively, after his players became frustrated with the quick equalizer, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang received a front ball, to hit a missile ball from inside the area in the 64th minute, which De Gea saved with his fists.
Over time, United returned to its offensive activity, to get a penalty kick in the 68th minute, after resorting to the video assistant referee technology, after Farid fell inside the Arsenal penalty area in a joint ball with Odegaard, and Ronaldo successfully executed the kick, after placing the ball in the middle of the goal, scoring the goal. The third for the red team in the 70th minute.
Aubameyang missed the opportunity to equalize in the 74th minute from a quick counter-attack, which ended with a shot from the Gabonese striker, who put the ball in De Gea’s hands, before the same player missed another confirmed opportunity in the 77th minute, when he followed a shot from Odegaard that collided in the defense, to reach him as he Facing the goal directly, however, he shot awkwardly in the hands of De Gea.
Arsenal’s last dangerous chance came in the 85th minute through Bukayo Saka, who shot from inside the area, but put the ball weak in De Gea’s arms, ending the meeting with an exciting victory for Manchester United 3/2 over Arsenal.
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