After showing flashes of brilliance against Manchester United last week in the Champions League, Ronadinho kept up his high level of performances of late against Bari on Sunday night as the bucked-tooth wonder scooped the man-of-the-match award.
After coming through a difficult start to the match in which Dinho found it difficult to shake off the attention’s of Bari right-back Belmonte, the number 80 soon began to run the show as the flicks, tricks and party pieces came to the fore.
Then, in the 42nd minute, Ronaldinho helped create the Rossoneri’s opener. Picking up the ball in a central area 35-yards from goal, the playmaker had a quick look-up before spotting forward Marco Borriello pealing off his marker on the right hand side of the box. Fizzing a beautiful pass into his striker, Ronaldinho exploited Borriello’s fine movement and the marksman completed the move with a wonderful scissors-kick.
The second half started much like the first for Ronadinho, the Brazilian looking to get one or two touches on the ball but more often than not his efforts failed to produce the desired result. But that was all forgotten in the 66th minute when Dinho broke down the inside left channel before firing on Gillet’s goal, with the keeper forced to watch his initial save mean nothing after Pato converted the rebound.
Ronaldinho’s match highlights can be seen here.
Turning the clock back to Saturday, Arsenal laboured to a 2-nil victory over Sunderland which saw the north Londoners move to within two points of second-placed Manchester United. And making a change from the norm from the likes of Cesc stealing all the post match headlines, many were quick to spot that Arsenal right-back Emmanuel Eboue was the star of the show for the Gunners.
Filling in at full-back for Bacary Sagna, Eboue was a constant menace down the Arsenal right hand side all match. The Ivorian terrorised Darren Bent and George McCartney repeatedly down the Sunderland left, and his efforts paid dividends particularly for the first goal where Eboue jinked his way into the opponents box before teeing up Bendtner for the simple tap-in.
Emmanuel Eboue’s match highlights can be seen here.