EPL: Ronaldo, Lukaku Serie A Rivalry Continues In England As Both Bags A Brace
By Omolagba Oluwayemi
A dream derby it was for new Manchester United forward, Christiano Ronaldo as he bagged a brace on His return to Old Trafford after 12 years as Manchester United player, BSNSports.com.ng reports.
The five times Balon d’or winner scored twice for Manchester United on his return to Old Trafford as his new side beat Newcastle 4-1.
The 36-year-old broke the deadlock just seconds before the half-time interval when he converted from close range.
Newcastle’s Javier Manquillo levelled the score with his first goal for Newcastle, only for Ronaldo to restore United’s lead with a fine finish in the 62nd minute.
Bruno Fernandes then scored with a stunning long-range shot from outside the box that curled into the top corner. Substitute Jesse Lingard added the fourth on the brink of full-time.
The win put United top of the Premier League table, with 10 points. Newcastle remain in the relegation zone having picked up just one point from their opening four games.
“I never anticipated scoring two goals or a goal in the match and I am glad I did.”
“I was nervous at the start of the match as I continue to hear the fans chanting my name all through the match, though I never showed it, it was a wonderful feeling,” said Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku ensured Ronaldo didn’t steal all the headlines for the weekend as he also bagged a brace for Chelsea against Aston Villa at the Stamford Bridge.
The Belgian forward who rivaled Ronaldo for the Italian Serie A top score during their time in Italy scored his first ever goals at the stadium either side of a Mateo Kovacic strike as Thomas Tuchel’s side maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
“It’s my dream since I was 11. I’ve worked hard for this moment,” said Lukaku.
He added: “I was up and down at the start [of my career] but I’ve found a certain consistency in the last three years. With experience and hard work, I just keep on working.
“It’s a good start but we have to keep working. We know this year’s going to be very competitive. A lot of teams are going to be fighting for the title.”
The victory takes Tuchel’s side up to second – level on points and goal difference with leaders Manchester United – and sees the club reach a significant milestone as they become only the second team in Premier League history to reach 600 wins in the competition (Man Utd have 690).
Manchester City secured a third straight league win after seeing off Leicester City in an entertaining game at King Power Stadium.
Goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel and Ederson made crucial saves in a free-flowing match to keep their respective teams on level terms before Bernardo Silva’s close-range finish settled a fine contest.
The Portuguese pounced after Joao Cancelo’s shot was deflected by Caglar Soyuncu into Silva’s path.
At 0-0 Manchester City’s Ederson saved well from Harvey Barnes, while at the other end Gabriel Jesus was twice denied by Schmeichel.
Leicester created several chances, Barnes clipping the top of the bar with a header before Jamie Vardy had a goal ruled out for offside.
Silva’s goal means City have won all their games since starting the defence of their Premier League crown with a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.
Arsenal lifted the pressure on manager Mikel Arteta as they secured their first points of the Premier League season with victory over Norwich City at Emirates Stadium.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was back on target to set Arsenal on their way after 66 minutes, with a finish from almost on the goal-line after Canaries’ keeper Tim Krul turned Nicolas Pepe’s shot on to the post and the same player then struck the woodwork again.
Arsenal had an anxious moment as referee Michael Oliver conducted a VAR check for offside before the Emirates Stadium celebrate with a mixture of elation and relief.
A great Saturday it was in the EPL but the actions continues on Sunday as Leeds United host Liverpool at Elland Road.
Crystal Palace 3-0 Tottenham
Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United
Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa
Leicester City 0-1 Manchester City
Arsenal 1-0 Norwich
Brentford 0-1 Brighton & Hove
Southampton 0-0 West Ham
Watford 0-2 West Ham