Goals of the Weekend: November 24-25

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Well that was an enthralling, gripping weekend of action now wasn't it? OK, maybe not.

A whole host of fixtures on Saturday and Sunday promised so much but delivered so little - Chelsea's potentially explosive encounter with Manchester City was not only dampened by the heavens opening above west London but by two teams seemingly unwilling to commit to attacking with any sort of conviction.

Even in Europe they failed to get the memo that some of us had to write a goals of the week feature on Monday; thanks very much Real Madrid....

Arsenal and Liverpool both recorded scoreless stalemates while top four contenders Everton could only muster a home draw with Norwich. Tottenham at least kept up their side of the bargain with a fine 3-1 home win against West Ham. But overall the big boys were failing to entertain, allowing the lesser lights to take centre stage.

West Brom continued their outstanding start to the season with a 4-2 win over Sunderland that reportedly left Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill, Wigan stole a thrilling 3-2 win over Wigan and QPR played their part as they took the lead before eventually falling to Manchester United.

So with December round the corner and the Premier League christmas fixtures soon to come thick and fast, treat yourself to an early present and feast your eyes on the best goals from around Europe this weekend.

Jermain Defoe, Tottenham 3-1 West Ham

Defoe is often lauded for his ability to be in the right place at the right time in the 6-yard box, but this season he seems to have developed a knack for banging them in from long range.

Picking the ball up from just inside West Ham's half, the diminutive England striker danced his way to within 20 yards of the Hammers' goal before spanking his shot past Jussi Jaaskelainen. An absolute peach of an effort.

Andres Iniesta, Levante 0-4 Barcelona

Iniesta must have got pretty bored of seeing Lionel Messi hog all the limelight recently. With his illustrious team-mate currently in pursuit of the record for most goals in a single year, Iniesta must sit at home fondling his 2012 Best Player in Europe award, reminding any one who comes by that he is in fact something quite special.

Well, fear no more Andres as for once you overshadowed Messi's two-goal performance with a virtuoso display. His fine goal to added to his three assists in Barca's easy win over Levante.

Javier Hernandez, Manchester United 3-1 QPR

In a now typical Manchester United display - and by that I mean play poorly, go behind and rally to claim the win, Sir Alex Ferguson's side had a ten minute second-half blast to thank for their uncomfortable victory over QPR.

The first two United goals weren't pretty, but the sight of Anderson bursting forward before sliding a superb ball to Javier Hernandez who rounded off the move was enough to make the Old Trafford forget the majority of what they had just seen.

Zoltan Gera, Sunderland 2-4 West Brom

Zoltan Gera doesn't really deal in rubbish goals does he? In the first game of the season, the West Brom man spanked home a contender of the season against Liverpool and he was at it again over the weekend, getting the ball rolling for the Baggies with a fine long-range strike that helped his side wrap up three points that took them up to third. This Premier League malarky is easy isn't it, Steve Clarke?

Lionel Messi, Levante 4-0 Barcelona

Messi, largely thanks to the efforts of his pal Iniesta, is now on the verge of making history. Again. With 82 goals to his name this year, The Argentinian genius is on the verge of setting a record so remarkable it is unlikely to be bettered in our lifetime.

Messi was struggling to get into the game against Levante, but after a dull first half, the 26-year-old latched onto Iniesta's defence splitting pass before scooping his finish over the onrushing goalkeeper. A brilliantly worked effort.

Gareth Bale, Tottenham 3-1 West Ham

Another fine effort from Tottenham as they picked up only their second win in six league games, and it was the effervescent Gareth Bale who deservedly got on the scoresheet with a well worked goal.

It was the much malinged Clint Dempsey who was at the heart of the action as he roved forward,spotted Bale's run and scooped a delicious ball over the West Ham back line. Bale wrapped things up with a tidy finish despite being off-balance.

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