Marcos Alonso scores emotional goal vs Man Utd days after father’s tragic death

Barcelona star Marcos Alonso pointed to the sky in tribute to his late father after scoring an emotionally-charged opening goal against Manchester United on Thursday evening (February 16).

The former Chelsea defender headed past David de Gea early in the second-half of their Europa League knockout round tie and immediately paid tribute to his dad Marcos Alonso Pena.

Alonso was mobbed by his team-mates following the reaction, then ran back to his position while holding back tears – with the game going on to finish 2-2.

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The former Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Spain winger passed away at the age of 63 on February 9 following a health battle.

Barcelona said in a statement last week: "FC Barcelona would like to express its deepest condolences for the passing of former Barca player and father of a first-team player Marcos Alonso Pena. All of our strength to Marcos Alonso and his entire family. Rest in peace."

Left-back Alonso joined Barcelona in the summer having played for Real Madrid back in 2010, with his grandfather of the same name also spending time with Los Blancos.

Back in 2019, the youngest of the Alonso trio joked that his dad almost caused a family rift by joining Barcelona, with Real Madrid in the family history.

He said: "My father played for the Real Madrid Academy as well but after a few things happened, he went to Barcelona.

"With our family all from Madrid, going there caused a few fights in the family! No I'm only joking, it was all good and he had a great time there.

"He would always tell me how big a club Barcelona is and he was lucky to play with one of the greatest players ever in [Diego] Maradona."

Alonso's second goal for the club was canceled out by Marcus Rashford, with Jules Kounde then scoring an own goal to hand the visitors the lead.

With Raphinha levelling things up, the tie finished 2-2 with a second leg to follow at Old Trafford next Thursday (February 23).


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