Reading 1 Manchester U 1

Cristiano Ronaldo

Read­ing 1 Man­chester Uni­ted 1, Madejski Sta­dium, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue Fix­ture, Septem­ber 23, 2006. Man­chester Uni­ted en­countered more prob­lems than ex­pec­ted ag­ainst Pre­mier Lea­gue new­comers Read­ing. Kev­in Doyle gave The Roy­als the lead from the spot early in the sec­ond pe­riod, but a late goal from Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo res­cued a draw for United. 

Fol­low­ing a goal­less, but en­ter­tain­ing fir­st ha­lf, Read­ing got them­selves in front three min­utes in­to the sec­ond pe­riod when Kev­in Doyle be­at Man­chester Uni­ted goal­keeper Ed­win van Sar from the pen­alty spot af­ter Ga­ry Ne­ville had be­en ruled to have handled the ball in the area by ref­er­ee Pe­ter Walton of Northamp­ton­shire. Uni­ted wor­ked hard for an equal­ising goal and the vis­it­ing si­de suc­ceeded in the sev­enty-third min­ute of the ga­me when Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo cut in­side from the left to fire a low hard shot across ho­me cus­todi­an Mar­cus Hahne­mann and in­to the far bot­tom cor­ner of the net. Read­ing Te­am: Mar­cus Hahne­mann, Graeme Murty, Ibrahi­ma Sonko, Nick Shor­ey, Ivar Ingi­marsson, Ste­ven Sid­well, Ja­mes Har­per, Bob­by Con­vey, Kev­in Doyle, Leroy Li­ta, Ki-Hyeon Seol. Sub­stitutes: An­dre Bikey, Bryn­jar Gun­narsson, Steph­en Hunt, Shane Long, Gra­ham Stack. Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Ed­win van der Sar, Gab­riel Hein­ze, Ga­ry Ne­ville, Ne­manja Vid­ic, Rio Fer­dinand, Mi­chael Car­rick, Paul Scho­les, Kier­an Richard­son, Way­ne Roo­ney, Dar­ren Fletch­er, Cris­ti­ano Ron­aldo. Sub­stitutes: John O’Shea, Louis Saha, Ole Gun­nar Sol­skjaer, Wes Bro­wn, To­masz Kuszczak.


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Man­chester Uni­ted de­feated Read­ing three-nil at Elm Park in the fourth ro­und of the FA Cup on the twenty-sev­enth of Jan­uary 1996 thro­ugh goals by Ry­an Gig­gs, Paul Par­ker, and Eric Cantona.


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