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Cristiano Ronaldo Comes Off Bench To Score 700th Club Goal

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Cristiano Ronaldo Comes Off Bench To Score 700th Club Goal

Report and free match highlights as goals from Antony and Cristiano Ronaldo moved Erik ten Hag’s team up to fifth in the Premier League table as Everton’s six-game unbeaten run under Frank Lampard came to an end under the lights at Goodison Park.

Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to score his 700th club goal as Manchester United came from behind to win 2-1 against Everton at Goodison Park.

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After Antony cancelled out Alex Iwobi’s early strike, an injury to Anthony Martial presented Ronaldo with his opportunity inside the first half and he did not waste it, scoring his first Premier League goal of the season before the break.

Marcus Rashford thought he had made it three late in the game but his goal was ruled out for an inadvertent handball. But though Everton pushed hard late on in pursuit of an equaliser, it came to nothing as Manchester United secured a deserved win.

The result, a fifth Premier League win in six games for Erik ten Hag’s side, sees United bounce back from their derby defeat and lifts them up to fifth in the table. Frank Lampard’s side are down in 12th, their unbeaten six-game run at an end.

Everton had enjoyed the ideal start. The in-form Iwobi curled the ball beyond David de Gea from well outside the penalty box to spark wild celebrations among the home support. It was another sluggish start by United, Casemiro culpable as he was dispossessed.

But Everton were unable to build on that lead and were punished midway through the first half when Antony finished expertly after being put through by Martial. They only had themselves to blame as Idrissa Gueye lost the ball. It was a sign of things to come.

There was another warning when Casemiro headed wide when unmarked. Give Ronaldo that space and the result is inevitable. That happened when Iwobi was tackled by Casemiro and the Brazilian threaded a pass through to Ronaldo who raced free of Conor Coady.

His low left-footed shot beat Jordan Pickford and that long-awaited landmark goal was his. His only previous goal this season came from the penalty spot in the Europa League. This, his first goal at Goodison Park, was a reminder of the qualities of the Ronaldo of old.

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