Manchester United started the game well, but within 20 minutes there was a very controversial situation. United goalkeeper David de Gea fell with a cry of pain during Arsenal’s action. At the same time, the ball hit the foot of Emile Smith Rowe, who had already hit an empty goal, next to the goalkeeper lying and writhing in pain. The shot was not refined and the goalkeeper would have probably caught the ball if he had not been able to intervene.
The referee did not recognize the goal, seeing a foul as the reason for the Spaniard’s fall. Meanwhile, the replays revealed that the goalkeeper was fouled … by his teammate Fred. He stepped on David De Gei’s leg. Arsenal protested, and the referee had VAR at his disposal. It was from the judges that VAR found out what it was like. He changed his mind and decided the goal.
Now, Manchester United protested, headed by Cristiano Ronaldo. He thought that maybe the goal had been correctly called, but Arsenal’s stance was morally questionable. Smith Rowe has had ample time to see the goalkeeper injured and give up the shot in the name of fair play. However, he took the opportunity.
This raised the temperature of the game, in which Arsenal unexpectedly led 1-0 on the pitch.
Manchester United attacked in an attempt to build stock, but it wasn’t until the end of the first half that they managed to dismantle Arsenal’s then-passive defense. The Londoners only watched as MU punched them with a series of passes, and Bruno Fernandes scored an equalizing goal in the 44th minute.
After the break, the Londoners went on the offensive and David De Gea, who, however, did not need to be replaced, barely saved their shot. Cristiano Ronaldo’s response was quick, and he hit extremely hard from a small angle and almost took Manchester United to the lead. There was no shortage of the situation on both sides, the match could really be enjoyed. In the end, Marcus Rashford took advantage of another defiance from London, spotted Ronaldo in the penalty area and the Portuguese scored a nice goal. His number 800.
It took only three minutes for Arsenal to respond in this great match. Martin Odegaard completed the main action.
In the 68th minute the referee had to use the help of VAR once again. Odegaard knocked Fred down and, after analysis, the arbiter dictated “eleven”, although he had not intended to do so before. Cristiano Ronaldo did not waste a chance, he threw the ball into the net in the middle of the goal. And Fred was once again involved in the goal in this game.
0-1 Smith Rowe (13th), 1-1 Fernandes (44th), 2-1 Ronaldo (52nd), 2-2 Odegaard (55th), 3-2 Ronaldo (70th, penalty)