CR700: Ronaldo nets 700th club goal as Manchester United defeat Everton
Iwobi nets first goal of the season for Everton
Cristiano Ronaldo broke his personal drought and scored the 700th club goal of his senior career as Manchester United came from behind to defeat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park. The Portuguese great scored his first goal from open play for the Red Devils this season.
After suffering a damaging loss in the Manchester derby last weekend, Manchester United needed a win to get back in their stride. The Red Devils saw off the Toffees in the clash to return to winning ways.
Everton went in front in style after Belgian starlet Andre Onana picked the pocket of Casemiro in midfield before Demarai Gray sent a pass into an unmarked Alex Iwobi 20 yards from goal. The in-form midfielder made no mistake as he curled home a majestic effort which would have made his uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha, proud where he was seated in the stands. The goal came in the fifth minute and was his first of the season.
After going behind, the Red Devils showed their mettle and soon drew level as Antony scored for the third successive league match for his new side. Everton’s Idrissa Gueye lost the ball on the halfway line leading to a fast break by the visitors before Anthony Martial slid a pass through to Antony, who calmly finished beyond Jordan Pickford in the 15th minute.
Having started the game on the bench, Cristiano Ronaldo was introduced as a substitute in the 29th minute after Martial pulled up with an injury.
Ronaldo found the net for the 700th time in his club career with an impressive finish on the break. Iwobi had tried to dribble past Casemiro, who stopped him in his tracks before sending the ball straight into the path of Ronaldo. The 37-year-old took it in his stride before sliding a finish under the onrushing Pickford in the 44th minute.
Ronaldo scored five goals for Sporting Lisbon, 450 for Real Madrid, 101 for Juventus and 144 for Manchester United in his 20-year-old career.
The Red Devils held off a late onslaught from the Toffees to claim their fifth league win of the season and bounce back from their defeat at the Etihad stadium.