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Dive of the day? Cristiano Ronaldo vs Jonathan Woodgate

Boro seem to think that Ronaldo dived to win Man Utd's game-winning penalty, and no doubt Ronaldo-haters will think he went down to easily. Bollocks. It's not a dive and the ref was right to award a penalty. Woodgate clearly caught him, end of story. I also think there's an element of truth in Fergie's claim that Boro (and other teams) have a 'guilt complex' about Ronaldo. For his part, Ronaldo said 'Maybe some people don't like me. Maybe I'm too good…' Right on both counts.

March 20, 2007 in Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Video clips | Permalink


Please can you post the Morrison tackle on Ronaldo, which I enjoyed much more than the penalty

Posted by: Dan | Mar 20, 2007 11:16:13 AM

Rubbish. If you look closely, you'll see there's hardly any contact. Stupid of Woodgate to attempt such a tackle on such a dive-happy player, but this was never a penalty.

And, for the record, I don't like Boro at all and I do hope that Man U win the title, but hopefully with a few less dodgy spot kicks.

Posted by: Jay | Mar 20, 2007 12:46:40 PM

It's one of them if Woodgate hadn't gone to ground would it have been given i think. If he'd have just clipped him he probably would have got away with it. Like most penalties, you go to ground you have a 75% chance of a spot kick. Unless you perform an amazing tackle like Carragher's in the Liverpool United match.

I'm undecided about Ronaldo though, he could see schwarzer coming, that might have made him decide to hit the floor....

Posted by: Col | Mar 20, 2007 1:13:33 PM

dive. all the way. not even close.

Posted by: Peter | Mar 20, 2007 5:03:53 PM

Watch Ronaldo's right foot. It gets caught first on Woodgate's right leg and then, as Woodgate falls, catches between his legs.

It was always a penalty.

Posted by: Em | Mar 20, 2007 9:27:54 PM

He touches Ronaldo with the side of his leg. The kid should be banned for these, so he'll learn.

Posted by: Joe | Mar 21, 2007 1:15:33 PM

Woodgate doesn't seem to think Ronaldo dived in this instance, so why should the rest of us?

"I don't know if it was a penalty but Ronaldo is a very clever player. He is one of the best in the world and whether it was a penalty or not, I don't know. I couldn't honestly tell myself," he said. "Ronaldo is a fantastic player. There is a touch of genius in him and to be fair he lights up the Premiership. I don't think he dived so you can't put the blame on him."

Posted by: Justin | Mar 21, 2007 5:00:25 PM

i reckon its players like adebayor and drogba that light up the premier league i suppose ronny did but now he has gone and to take the thrown from him will carlitos tevez

Posted by: fooball betting | Jul 15, 2009 3:12:33 PM

man city fans it amazing news isn't it we have
tevez are we gonna get adebayor? terry? ohh i wish!!

Posted by: fooball betting | Jul 15, 2009 3:14:59 PM

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