Side by side comparison: Taison v Marco van Basten

No doubting who scored the best goal in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Step forward the gloriously named Taison, who notched a wonder volley for Metalist in their win over Rosenborg.

Immediately, and it isn’t hard to see why, the Taison strike was compared to Marco van Basten’s glorious goal for Holland in the 1988 European Championship final against the USSR.

The video below gives a side-by-side comparison.

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Clinical Jermain Defoe leads Spurs to 3-1 win over Maribor

Tottenham Hotspur 3 – Maribor 1 (Europa League, November 8, 2012) (Alternative highlights 1 & alternative highlights 2.) Jermain Defoe put Tottenham in front with a lovely finish from a Gareth Bale pinpoint delivery. Robert Beric levelled the score for Maribor following a poor backpass from Kyle Naughton and another mistake from Hugo Lloris. Jermain Defoe restored the lead for Tottenham with a clinical left-footed finish. Jermain Defoe completed his hat-trick after more fantastic wing play from Gareth Bale.

Great Gif! AVB doesn’t want to celebrate with one of his assistants! (Spurs 3 – Maribor 1).

Barton golazo not enough as Marseille draw 2-2 with Moenchengladbach

Marseille 2 – Moenchengladbach 2 (Europa League, Novemeber 8,2012) Mike Hanke put the Germans ahead in the first half. Joey Barton equalised in sensational style directly from the corner. Minutes later Jordan Ayew completed the turnaround with a lovely finish. Juan Arango pulled it level late in stoppage time for Moenchengladbach.

GIF: Joey Barton scores straight from a corner for Marseille v Gladbach.