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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Ronaldo has taken United top as City Win and Spurs Slump

Manchester, England Returning hero Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goals sent Manchester United to the top of the Premier League after a surprisingly early 0-0 defeat at pace-setter Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace.

Champions Manchester City won three of four at Leicester City 1-0 and Arsenal won their first of the campaign, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring 1-0 against Norwich City.

Manchester United are 10 points ahead, Manchester City one point behind Brighton and Hove Albion, who have won 1-0 at Brenford and Spurs.

Chelsea, who are seven points behind, hosted Aston Villa on Saturday.

Ronaldo’s return to United from Juventus last month brought excitement and promise of goals to Old Trafford and his second debut certainly depended on Billings.

The 36-year-old fired shots from his side just before the break, as Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman went to slot the house from close range after Mason was unable to hold a short drive from Greenwood.

After bringing Xavier Manquillo to Newcastle level after the break, Ronaldo created a trademark strike. He burst into the box while collecting a through ball from Luke Sher before drilling with Woodman’s foot.

Bruno Fernandez made it 3-1 with a great strike from 25 meters out and substitute Jesse Lingard completed the route.

Ronaldo scored twice during his debut for non-Oddson Edward Palace, the only celebrant, as 10 Tottenham Hotspurs lost 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

Spurs center-back Japet Tanganga was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Jordan Ayue in the 5th minute, five minutes after the defender was illegally blocked by winger Wilfrid Jaha.

Things got worse for the spectators as Palace were awarded a penalty when Ben Davis headed in a Connor Gallagher cross in the 75th minute and Jaha sent a spot-kick to Hugo Loris.

Palace scored again within six minutes of time through Edward, who returned home from Jaha’s cross 277 seconds after the arrival and the Frenchman completed his dream debut at break after his team move.

Another Portugal international, Bernardo Silva, scored the only goal for Pep Guardiola’s City in Leicester.

City striker Ferran Torres had several good chances in the first half but Leicester keeper Caspar Schmidt was cautious.

Jamie Verdi scored a goal for the offside for four minutes in the second half but Manchester City finally broke the deadlock as Silva fired home with a loose ball in the box in the 2nd minute.

Leicester move forward and look for an equalizer and Kelechi Ihenacho and Ademola Lukman both move closer, but Brazilian keeper Ederson moves twice quickly from his line.

Brighton’s campaign began with their third win in four league matches.

Leandro Trussard’s Carler Graham Potter secured three points from the edge of the penalty area in the 90th minute.

Arsenal slipped to the bottom of the Premier League table and scored the first goal of the campaign after a 1-0 win over Norwich in the 66th minute effort from captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mikel Arteta’s side put up a good performance after their first three defeats but Abameyang, who missed two chances in the first half, forced a tough Norwich team to work hard before breaking that deadlock.

The Gabonese striker fired a wide shot in the 10th minute and the visiting goalkeeper Tim Krul’s great save in the 20th minute turned it down before Tekihiro Tomiasu floated to the bar for the influential hosts during the halftime stroke.

Pepe hit the post twice in a few seconds from a flowing step and the second rebound please fell to Aubameyang, who was perfectly prepared to pull the ball into an empty net.

By Simon Evans

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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