Top 12 Goals of the Week

Top 12 Goals of the WeekApologies for last week’s absence of a top goals list. And with that out the way, two goalies battle it out for the schmuck of the week award.

The Russian league is approaching its final stages, and with just six games to go reigning champions Rubin Kazan appear to be doing everything in their power to throw another championship down the toilet. Having lead for most of the season, last weekend the wheels fell off in a 2-1 home defeat to Amkar Perm, but on Sunday just past matters worsened dramatically as they lost again away at Lokomotiv.

Rubin conceded after only two minutes, and their frayed nerves were fully exposed ten minutes from the break as they let in a nightmare second. But it all started so innocently, with little danger on when a backpass was rolled back to Rubin’s keeper Sergey Ryzhikov and no-one particularly in sight. And, to be fair, even Peter Odemwingie had no idea about what was about to happen.

The horror goal can be seen here.

Sascha Burchert though scoops this week’s dunce’s prize after the teenage Hertha Berlin keeper made the same screw-up twice in a match against Hamburg, inside 120 seconds, and both times the keeper was roundly punished.

Top 12 Goals of the WeekIt was a tough day for 19-year-old Burchert. The number two at Berlin was forced to come off the bench after regular custodian Timo Ochs was taken off injured. Five minutes after his introduction calamity struck as Burchert rushed out his goal to meekly head a supposed clearance only for Hamburg’s David Jarolim to gobble up the open goal. And then just two minutes later Burchert cocked-up royally again, the keeper committing an almost identical error with Ze Roberto the beneficiary that time from 40-yards.

Sascha Burchert’s awful double screw-up can be seen here.

Onto the list, where we have a magical collection of strikes.

A couple of clever high shots can be found at goals 2 and 4, while the more typical screamers can be located at positions 3, 11, and 12.

A sweet free-kick is at number 10, a brilliant lob is at number 5, and a top corner beauty is found at number 7.

That leaves a Zola-esque flick at goal 1, an incredible 40-yard header at number 9, and a 90th minute 40-yard bullet at number 8.

As always, just sit back and enjoy!

1. Hannu Tihinen (AC Milan v FC Zurich, Sept. 30, 2009)

2. Joseph Akpala (Club Brugge v Toulouse, Oct. 1, 2009)

3. Dmitri Likhtarovich (BATE Borisov v Everton, Oct. 1, 2009)

4. Janos Lazok (Honved v Vasas Budapest, Oct. 2, 2009)

5. Dimitri Payet (St. Etienne v Bordeaux, Oct. 3, 2009)

6. Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona v Almeria, Oct. 3, 2009)

7. Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United v Sunderland, Oct. 3, 2009)

8. Coelho (Metalist Kharkiv v Kryvbas Krivyi Rig, Oct. 3, 2009) (pictured)

9. Martin Palermo (Boca Juniors v Velez Sarsfield, Oct. 4, 2009)

10. Andriy Shevchenko (Arsenal Kiev v Dynamo Kiev, Oct. 4, 2009)

11. Carlao (Leixoes v Uniao Leiria, Oct. 4, 2009)

12. Obinna (Xerez v Malaga, Oct. 4, 2009) (0.35 minutes in)

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Just missing the list were goals from Alan Dzagoev, Nacho Novo, Radamel Falcao, Ruban Micael, Toni Kroos, Roman Riquelme, Nicklas Bendtner and Thomas Vermaelen.

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Having missed last week’s list, one goal which may have gone under the radar was Jonathan Cristaldo’s unbelievable 25-yard overhead for for Velez against Huracan. Watch here.