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Ronaldo crosses 800 goal with brace against Arsenal

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MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo broke the 800 goal mark for club and country, scoring twice as Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2 in an incident rich Premier League game on Thursday.

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Arsenal took the lead in a bizarre fashion in the 13th minute when United goalkeeper David De Gea squeezed his foot from a corner after being backed by teammate Fred and Emile Smith Rowe broke through a shot at the unguarded goal from the edge of the box.

As referee Martin Atkinson had not whistled before the ball entered the net and no foul was committed, the goal was upheld.

United equalized a minute before the break with a strike from Bruno Fernandes and took the lead in the 52nd minute when Ronaldo converted a low cross from Marcus Rashford for his 800th goal.

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The Gunners retaliated quickly through Martin Odegaard, but Ronaldo secured the winner from the penalty spot after Atkinson surrendered to the field monitor and ruled that Fred had been shot by Odegaard.

The match started with United fans displaying a banner in tribute to former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was sacked last month. The club’s new acting manager, Ralf Rangnick, watched the game from the stands.