ROONEY ROARS AND THREE THINGS WE LEARNED
By Mac Izu Nelson
Saturday’s football action saw a plethora of goals scored by some of the biggest clubs in the world.
This week, three things you missed recaps some of the best action from Saturday’s games.
1. Rooney Roars
Alas, the moment came. When ortuitously steered a Juan Mata shot into the net, Old Trafford came to its feet and applauded the 31 year old.
And rightly so.
For club and country, Rooney has set the benchmark for the oncoming generation to follow and vie to surpass.
249 goals for United mean that he has now equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s haul for the club.
Do not bet against him to surpass it when United take on Hull in midweek.
2. Modric the maestro in Madrid Masterclass
The diminutive Croat put in an all action display when lowly Granada visited majestic Madrid at the Bernabeu.
He was the launch pad for all of Madrid’s best play and it was his stinging shot which was parried by Ochoa to allow Karim Benzema tap in for Madrid’s second goal of the night.
The Croat was also instrumental in the fourth goal, drilling a low cross hard across goal which allowed Isco Alacorn to tap in under no pressure whatsoever.
Modric rightly won plaudits after the match and if Madrid can keep him in stellar form going into the business end of the season, then the rewards would be bountiful.
3. Griezmann Gets His Goal
It had been 10 La liga games since France international Antoine Griezzman treated us to his hotline bing celebration.
Yesterday, what seemed like an eternal wait finally came to an end.
Atletico Madrid, via a Saul Niguez goal, were already a goal up.
But Eibar had started to threaten with their play and to come close on a couple of occasion.
Atletico Madrid needed a saviour.
And Griezzman bailed them out.
There was never the slightest doubt that he would score after Kevin Gameiro presented the chance for him on a platter.
And his excitement was palpable as he ran into the crowd, his beautiful hair flying in the air.
This is the start of something new.
4. Giroud Bails Abysmal Arsenal Yet Again
After the first half of Arsenal’s FA cup game against Preston North End, Arsenal fans were left utterly scandalized by the players’ lack of effort, desire and commitment.
It was horrendous showing by Arsenal and they could have gone into the break three goals down.
Ramsey was the culprit and the recipient of copious amounts of vitriol…”F*cktard!” being the overwhelming choice of word by a lot of sports fans.
But it was this same Ramsey whom scored the Arsenal equaliser, early in the second half.
As the match petered to a close, the #Wengerout banners were already flying high.
Before Giroud, that most underrated of forwards, scored in the 89th minute thus securing victory for Arsenal.