Wayne Rooney became Manchester United‘s all-time leading scorer in dramatic fashion as his last-ditch wonder goal rescued a 1-1 draw at Stoke on Saturday.
Rooney surpassed Bobby Charlton’s tally of 249 goals for United when he struck with a superb effort deep into stoppage-time at the Britannia Stadium.
Jose Mourinho sent on Rooney in the 67th minute and the England star, who had gone two games without a goal since equalling Charlton’s record in an FA Cup win over Reading on January 7, wasted his first chance to make history when he headed wide from six yards.
But Rooney refused to be denied and, with Charlton watching from the stands, his magic moment arrived four minutes into stoppage-time when he curled a superb free-kick past Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant and into the top corner.
Zinedine Zidane urged Real Madrid‘s notoriously demanding fans to lay off Cristiano Ronaldo as the Real coach faces up to a mounting injury crisis on top of a congested fixture list.
Ronaldo was whistled as his sluggish start to 2017 continued with a wasteful display in front of goal as Madrid edged past Malaga 2-1 thanks to two goals from captain Sergio Ramos.
At Eastlands, City took the lead in the 49th minute when Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris raced off his line in a failed bid to intercept Kevin de Bruyne’s pass, allowing Leroy Sane to steer his shot into the empty net.
Lloris was culpable again five minutes later as the France international spilled Raheem Sterling’s cross and De Bruyne punished the mistake with a simple finish.
But Dele Alli sparked Tottenham’s revival with a close-range header in the 58th minute and, after Sterling had a penalty appeal controversially turned down, South Korea’s Son Heung-Min swept home to complete the comeback in the 77th minute.
Liverpool‘s title challenge suffered a major blow as lowly Swansea enjoyed a shock 3-2 victory at Anfield.
Fernando Llorente put Swansea ahead in the 48th minute when the Spanish striker punished poor defending from a corner to slot home from close-range.
Llorente struck again with a powerful header in the 52nd minute before Liverpool were given a lifeline by Roberto Firmino’s header three minutes later.
Brazil forward Firmino netted again to draw Liverpool level with a fine finish in the 69th minute, but Gylfi Sigurdsson struck in the 74th minute after more sloppy play from the Reds rearguard.
Seamus Coleman’s 87th minute strike gave Everton 1-0 win at Crystal Palace that plunged the hosts into the relegation zone.
Andy Carroll showed West Ham can thrive without want-away star Dimitri Payet as his brace inspired a 3-1 victory at Middlesbrough.
Teenage forward Federico Chiesa scored his first Serie A goal for Fiorentina in a 3-0 romp at Chievo to boost La Viola‘s Europa League hopes.
Edinson Cavani struck his 19th and 20th goals of the Ligue 1 season as French champions Paris Saint-Germain won 2-0 at in-form Nantes.
Sunderland slumped to the bottom of the table after a 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, while Bournemouth drew 2-2 with Watford.
Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky was sent off just 125 seconds into Eintracht Frankfurt‘s 3-0 defeat as second-placed RB Leipzig trimmed Bayern Munich’s lead in the Bundesliga.
Lukasz Piszczek saved Dortmund‘s blushes with the winner with a scrappy 2-1 victory at 10-man Werder Bremen to lift them up to fourth.