Five of the best: Goals of the week

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After another action packed weekend of football, there were no shortage of contenders for GiveMeFootball's latest installment of its esteemed goals of the week compilation.

From speculative strikes, to solo efforts, as well as an absolute hammer-bang net nugget, we think you'll agree that our latest shortlist of entries covers all bases, when it comes to everything you could wish for from a cumulative best goals contest.

The first effort comes from Germany, courtesy of former Tottenham Hotspur forward Rafael van der Vaart, whose stunning 30-yard goal earned Hamburg a 1-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga.

Receiving the ball from Artjoms Rudnevs in the middle of the park, the Dutch maestro ripped a shot into the far corner, out of the reach of Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen.

Watch Rafa van der Vaart's goal for Hamburg here:

Another entry from Saturday evening comes from the South African Premier League, in a clash between table-topping Kaizer Chiefs and the Free State Stars.

Although the Chiefs won the game 2-1, it's the Stars opener that will be remembered the longest, after Fikru Tefera's acrobatic effort saw him break the deadlock in spectacular fashion, with a clinical finish from the edge of the area, taking one touch to tee the ball up before smashing home in emphatic fashion.

Watch Fikru Tefera's effort for the Free State Stars here:

Meanwhile, Italian legend Francesco Totti's powerful 20-yard drive proved to be the difference between AS Roma and Juventus in the 1-0 clash in Serie 'A' at the Stadio Olimpico.

And, even more importantly, his lightening quick reaction which helped him pounce first on Miralem Pjanic's half-cleared free-kick, earned the 36-year-old a place in this week's shortlist.

Watch Francesco Totti's Roma goal here:

On Sunday, Christian Eriksen's mazy run and goal helped Ajax Amsterdam maintain the pressure on Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven with a 2-0 victory over RKC Waalwijk.

Cutting inside from the left-wing, the Danish international ghosted past three defenders, before cooly slotting home at the near post, to give Frank De Boer's side another crucial victory in the race for the Dutch title.

Watch Christian Eriksen's Ajax goal here:

And, last but by no means least of all, comes a second Serie 'A' entry, this time from Stevan Jovetic, who netted a brace in Fiorentina's 4-1 victory over Inter Milan.

With the hosts already a one-goal up, the Montenegrin forward shrugged off the attentions of Inter's Andrea Ranocchia before curling in a fine shot from the left-hand side of the penalty area, which left goalkeeper Samir Handanovic rooted to the spot.

Jovetic's second goal was also of high quality, with Alberto Aquilani's clever flick teeing up the 23-year-old, from close range. 

Watch Stevan Jovetic's Fiorentina goal here:

Leave a comment with your favourite goal of the weekend below - and feel free to add any others you think we might have missed!

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