Messi and Ronaldo grab the limelight with a bizarre incident: It was a surreal night in Europe as a bizarre coincidence involving the two greatest players alive was pointed out by the fans. If you are planning to add context to that, please feel free. However, in this story, we will just inform you about what actually unfolded a night back.
Manchester was playing Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford while PSG was entangled in a rollicking Round of 16 clash against Real Madrid. Manchester United returned to winning ways after three frustrating draws despite securing a lead.
A glance at the co-incidence involving Messi and Ronaldo
PSG, on the contrary, ran absolute riots that left Real Madrid fending for themselves only to keep the Parisians at bay. Sadly, for Los Merengues, the hosts had the last laugh, thanks to a brilliant finish from French marksman, Kylian Mbappe as he pranced past a couple of defenders to drill his enterprise through the feet of Courtois.
Coming to PSG’s game against Madrid, as the Spaniards struggled to keep things under control, Dani Carvajal made a hash of affairs trying to contain Mbappe’s blistering speed, upending him in the box. The referee made no hesitation whatsoever in pointing to the spot straight away.
This was in the 60th minute when Lionel Messi stepped up for the spot-kick. He took his time and hammered it to Courtois’ left as the diving Belgian palmed it away for a corner, leaving the Argentine sensation in absolute disbelief. The Madrid defenders embraced Courtois in a tight hug, knowing that an obvious downfall has been averted.
With all said and done about Parc des Princes, let us take you all to Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United. If Messi’s saved spot-kick was the prelude to the madness that the footballing world was about to witness, Ronaldo’s wonder strike at Old Trafford was the madness itself.
Playing in two different countries, both Messi and Ronaldo were just 10 minutes adrift of each other in terms of the footballing clock. However, going by the general times, Ronaldo scored just with a minute of Messi missing his penalty.
Messi misses his penalty and
2 seconds later Ronaldo scores his 1st goal of 2022.
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McTominay snatched the ball in the midfield and fed it to Ronaldo, who went past three defenders and slammed a pile-driver into the back of the net sending the United congregation into dreamland. More importantly, this goal also put an end to the long drought that Ronaldo was in the midst of, missing out on countless opportunities.
Manchester won the game against Brighton as Ronaldo drew first blood while Bruno sealed the fate of the tie with a late netter from Pogba’s through ball. PSG managed to win too as Mbappe made it a point to fructify the salvo that the Parisians put in throughout the game.