Goals of the Week: March 9/10

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A fractured fixture list split between Premier League and FA Cup this week, but fear not, we do not discriminate by competition here at GMF - a great goal is a great goal.

Manchester United and Chelsea offered up some tasty fare, while Liverpool versus Tottenham in the FA Cup proffered goals of high quality, if not defending of the same standard.

Some of the names here will be all too familiar - has Leo Messi ever not scored a good goal?

But, there's one or two forgotten faces here as wekk. Whatever happened to Jermaine Jenas? The one-time England international is now at Queens Park Rangers, the place where farcical performances are rewarded with handsome pay packets - at least until recently.

The R's sudden upturn in form continued this weekend as they bundled past Sunderland, with Jenas back on the scoresheet for the first time in the Premier League since the 2009-10 season. 

The race for the top four received a shot in the arm with Liverpool's victory over Tottenham - a result which prompted a noisy cheer from another club in north London.

Anyway, you came here for goals, and goals are what you will get. Here are the best of the weekend from 9/10 March…

Eden Hazard - CHELSEA v Manchester United

The Chelsea revival was ushered in by a chorus of boos. Rafa Benitez's decision to haul of Frank Lampard was, it's fair to say, not well received. 

But Lampard's replacement, Eden Hazard, got the ball rolling. Picking the ball up on the left elbow of the box, he faced up Rafael, before whipping the ball into the far corner.

A piece of brilliance that lifted Chelsea, and propelled them towards a fully deserved 2-2 draw.

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Javier Hernandez - MANCHESTER UNITED v Chelsea

The Mexican handed Manchester United an early lead. But the goal's inclusion here is more to do with Michael Carrick's magnificent assist.

The England international's raking 40-yard reverse ball was a thing of beauty - simultaneously taking Gary Cahill out of the game, drawing Petr Cech into no man's land, and landing perfectly onto Hernandez's head.

His finish was clever, neat and clinical - everything you expect from the Manchester United striker.

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Luis Suarez - LIVERPOOL v Tottenham

A fantastic tiki-taka goal. Jose Enrique started the move, receiving a typically Brazilian flick from Coutinho.

A little one-two between the pair preceded to take three Spurs defenders out of the game, Enrique slipped it through to Suarez, whose first-time finish low under Hugo Lloris was as imaginative as it was brilliant.

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Jermaine Jenas - QUEENS PARK RANGERS v Sunderland

The icing on the cake for Harry Redknapp as Queens Park Rangers won back-to-back games for the first time this season. 

Andros Townsend has every right to feel aggrieved at missing out here, but Jenas gets the nod because, 1) he didn't have about 20 sighters before his goal and 2) because it was the purer hit.

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Leo Messi - BARCELONA v Deportivo

Barcelona prepared for their crucial Champions League second-leg last-16 tie with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Deportivo at the Nou Camp.

And what would a Barcelona win be without a Leo Messi goal. The Argentine scored for the 17th consecutive La Liga match, a new record.

His goal was superb, a quick one-two almost comes as standard in a Barcelona goal, and it was another that got Messi free here.

As the ball was played back, his first-time clip chipped the keeper, and wrapped up the three points for Barca in the 88th minute.

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