Goals of the Week: December 8/9

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Another action packed fixture list has provided ample choice for this weekend's goals of the week.

Robin Van Persie hit a match-winning free-kick, Fernando Torres rediscovered his form in front of goal, while further afield Lionel Messi broke Gerd Muller's 85-goal calendar year record with a brace against Real Betis on Sunday.

Manchester United moved six points clear at the top of the table with Van Persie's 94th minute strike - sweet revenge for United fans who were forced to watch Sergio Aguero's Premier League-winning goal in the same minute on the final day of last season.

For City, it was another disappointing day in a season characterised by disappointing days. Roberto Mancini's side battled back from two-nil down, but a half-hearted wave of the leg from Samir Nasri cost them dearly.

Elsewhere, wins for Arsenal and Everton propelled them back into Champions League contention, at the expense of Tottenham.

In La Liga, Real Madrid and Barcelona both chalked up wins, while Atletico Madrid looked to hang onto the coattails of Tito Vilanova's side, largely thanks to an incredible five-goal from man-of-the-moment Radamel Falcao.

So, without further ado, here are your top goals of the week…

Robin Van Persie | Manchester United v Manchester City

The Manchester derby poised at 2-2, the fourth minute of stoppage time, a free-kick 25 yards out. Cue Robin Van Persie, cue bedlam at the Etihad.

Glen Johnson | West Ham v Liverpool

The England international got the ball rolling for Brendan Rodgers' side with a stunner against his former club West Ham. They later slipped 2-1 behind, but fought back brilliantly to earn a well-deserved three points.

Fernando Torres | Sunderland v Chelsea

The decision to hire the man who first got the best out of Fernando Torres seems to have done the trick. Rafa Benitez arrives at Stamford Bridge, and the Spain striker finds the net. It's still early days, but the signs are good.

Pablo Zabaleta | Manchester City v Manchester United

When Zabaleta hauled City level, it looked like the Premier League champions would go on to trample their rivals. That didn't happen, but the Argentine's strike was pure nonetheless. He's been excellent this season, it's just a shame some of his teammates haven't.

Lionel Messi | Real Betis v Barcelona

Another week, another record - although this one's a big one. Both his goals typified his brilliance, but the second included a cheeky Andres Iniesta assist.

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