Before we get any further, a few goals which were missed out in the past few weeks need to be flagged up now.
First, mention has to be made for Independiente Medellin’s Chilean striker Luis Arias who, in the Colombian league match at the start of the month against Cucuta, scored an incredible overhead-kick which left the net bulging.
Similarly, attention needs to be drawn to another incredible overhead-volley scored at the start of the month in the Serbian cup by a future star of tomorrow, Vojvodina’s 18-year-old forward Danijel Aleksic. Perhaps even better than Arias’ effort, Aleksic’s goal against Mladost Lucani was made that much more special by the fact that the ball never touched the ground after the initial cross was sent into the box. The goal can be seen one minute into this video.
Onto the losers, and we start in Russia where Spartak Moscow experienced one of the worst instances of self-sabotage as they virtually threw away their title hopes losing 2-1 at Samara in which Spartak, scoring two own-goals in the process. Eleven minutes after the start, a seemingly harmless free-kick by Anton Bober from the left was turned into his own net by hapless Austrian defender Martin Stranzl. And three minutes later, disaster struck again for Valery Karpin’s charges as a similarly simple ball from Bober from exactly the same spot was dropped over the line by goalkeeper Soslan Dzhanaev in a horrific head-in-hands moment. (The footage can be seen here.)
Special mention has to be made for Dutch referee Roelof Luinge for deciding to halt the Eredivisie match between ADO Den Haag and PSV on Sunday. After sending two home players off during the match, the crowd, who had been chanting verbal abuse at Mr. Luinge all afternoon (including singing his mother is a whore and calling him “cancer ref”), upped their noise. In response, Roelof Luinge chose to punish the crowd for their naughty behaviour and, like a teacher in the school playground faced with a group of unruly children, the ref blew his whistle mid-game, picked up the ball and headed down the tunnel flanked by his linesman.
The upperty behaviour of referee Roelof Luinge can be seen here.
Lastly, the winner of our schmuck of the week award must be an unknown Cardiff fan at the Welsh derby on Saturday with Swansea. While most of you will have caught the bizarre Chelsea fan who caught brushing teeth during the match with Manchester United, we expect less of you will have seen the Bluebirds supporter show off his lame popping n’ locking/robot dance moves without knowing that the cameras were rolling.
The third eye can be seen here.
Finally the list, where there has been yet another fabulous collection of strikes over the pasty seven days. No introductions this week as we simply ask you to sit back and enjoy!
1. Zvjezdan Misimovic (Besiktas v Wolfsburg, Nov. 3, 2009)
2. Benoit Cheryou (Marseille v FC Zurich, Nov. 3, 2009)
3. Ashley Young (West Ham v Aston Villa, Nov. 4, 2009)
4. Marius Onofras (Unirea Urziceni v Rangers, Nov. 4, 2009)
5. Ryan Babel (Lyon v Liverpool, Nov. 4, 2009)
6. Mehmet Topal (Dinamo Bucharest v Galatasaray, Nov. 5, 2009)
7. Avihay Yadin (Rapid Vienna v Hapoel Tel Aviv, Nov. 5, 2009)
8. Yves Desmarets (Vitoria Guimaraes v Braga, Nov. 7, 2009)
9. Pedro Rodriguez (Zlatan assist) (Barcelona v Mallorca, Nov. 7, 2009)
10. Kaka (Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid, Nov. 7, 2009)