What Is a ‘Tap-in’ Goal That Fans Are Teasing Cristiano Ronaldo About?

Published 09/12/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
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Cristiano Ronaldo began life in spectacular fashion in the Premier League as he scored a brace against Newcastle United in his debut for Manchester United. Fans of the Manchester club finally got to see him do the “SIU” celebration for them.

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However, his first goal came from five yards out as Newcastle’s goalkeeper parried Mason Greenwood’s shot to the Portuguese. Ronaldo pounced on it and then scored his first goal. However, because it was a tap-in, Ronaldo got a lot of slack from fans online.

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A tap-in is a goal being scored by simply shooting the ball between the goal-post from close range. Anywhere from ten yards out or the goal line can be termed as a tap-in. Ronaldo has scored a lot of tap-ins during his career, and due to his excellent positioning, he is always in the right place at the right time. While fans do ridicule him for his tap-ins, the art of scoring a goal like that is not lost.

His second goal was a lifeline for United as Newcastle had equalized through Javier Manquillo. Luke Shaw got an excellent assist and sent Ronaldo through after carrying the ball for at least 25 meters. The “SIU” was back, and United fans were ecstatic. However, Ronaldo wasn’t the only Portuguese who scored for United on Saturday.

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Bruno Fernandes talks about Cristiano Ronaldo after his debut match brace

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Bruno Fernandes also scored a goal in the match as United won the match 4-1 in the end. Jesse Lingard added another spectacular goal as Paul Pogba got his 7th assist of the season. He talked about his Portuguese teammate and spoke about the difference Ronaldo brings.

Ah, it’s really good. I think everyone knows what Cristiano brought for the club and for the world of football. So, we’re really happy to have him. I think, most important, as Cristiano was saying, it’s a team performance and everything we are doing as a team, and at the end, getting the results that we want,” Fernandes revealed.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a football writer at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for football to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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