Goals of the week: January 18-20
GiveMeFootball pick out their five favourite goals from the weekend’s matches
Sunday in the Premier League threw up some great matches, with four of the division’s biggest sides facing one another – sadly, they didn’t produce anything worthy of goals of the week.
Even Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid couldn’t pull off some of their usual brilliance to make the list this week.
However, the rest of the Premier League, Serie A and the Bundesliga in Germany were all able to give us a taste of the classy and spectacular.
While Manchester United were being denied penalties and giving away a last- gasp equaliser at Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal were toiling in a dreadful first half at Chelsea and none of them could produce anything quite special enough.
There was some sublime skill in Italy and an outrageous striker in Germany that ultimately failed to affect the game.
GiveMeFootball scoured Europe’s top leagues to find five of our favourite golazos to bring you.
There is always someone left unhappy that their favourite wasn’t included, so if this turns out to be you just tell us about it in the comment section and we can all check it out.
Here we go…
Giampaolo Pazzini, AC Milan v Bologna
This is treat of a goal. A fine touch by the Italy international was followed with a deft flick over a defender and clinical volleyed finish, which turned out to be the winning goal for his side.
Jordan Henderson, Liverpool v Norwich City
The GMF office was one of those that was ready to criticise Henderson and his early Liverpool form, so it is only right that he is praised for his recent improvement. We are starting to see some of the 22-year-old’s best form and he treated the Anfield crowd to a fantastic opener on Saturday.
Christian Benteke, Aston Villa v West Brom
Villains manager Paul lambert has been questioned for his preference for Belgium international Benteke over Darren Bent, especially since they have been experiencing such a dreadful run of form. If the 22-year-old keeps scoring goals like the one below, the Bent questions will soon stop.
Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United v Reading
Alan Pardew has missed the creative influences of Cabaye during the Frenchman’s injury and his free-kick taking isn’t so bad either. He gave the Toon the lead with this delightful effort, though it wasn’t enough to stop another morale-sapping defeat for Newcastle.
Cabaye Goal [Newcastle 1-0 Reading] 19/01/2013 by jonpavon91
Mame Biram Diouf, Hannover v Schalke
This was the first game back after the Bundesliga’s winter break and it certainly provided the two clubs’ fans with a thrilling spectacle. Schalke were eventual 5-4 winners, but former Manchester United striker Diouf made it a tight finish with the incredible bicycle kick from the edge of the area.
What was your goal of the week and what did you think of GMF’s selections? Leave a comment below to let us know…