Top 12 Goals of the Week

There were a couple of candidates who made a strong case to claim the schmuck of the week award this week.

Last Wednesday night in the Copa Libertadores, America de Cali goalie Julian Mesa threw his name in the hat for his part in one of the madder goals of the past seven days, with the keeper’s reaction after the ball went into the net particularly comical as tried to share the blame with his teammates. (Watch here.)

Having seen other greats, including Franck Ribery, falling prone to the cheeky-penalty-gone-wrong routine in recent weeks, Ajax striker Luis Suarez was made to look stupid as AZ Alkmaar keeper Joey Didulica when the keeper caught his dinked effort from 12-yards. But the was only half the incident as Suarez, charging in to turn and score the rebound, knocked the keeper out cold with the knee to the head, forcing Didulica be rushed to hospital for his head injury. (Watch here.)

But the winner this week is the unknown Chester fan who managed to get himself carted off by police after stupidly trying to celebrate a goal with his team.

It was a bad day for Chester in League Two, drawing 2-all at Aldershot to all but confirm their relegation out the football league, leaving them to need to win their final game, while hoping Grimsby lose, and overturning a 20-goal deficit in the process.

So when Chester took the lead at the Recreation Ground after Ryan Lowe scored a penalty on the rebound their hopeful fans went wild, with one porky fellow rolling over the advertising hoardings to join in the celebrations with his team. His joy lasted all of five seconds until the stewards quickly jumped on the pitch-invader, the coppers soon arriving on the scene to whip out the cuffs and leave the poor fan to hear about his team’s plight from a prison cell. (Watch here.)

Onto the list, where it was a great week for Scandinavians.

Goal 6, from Denmark, was arguably the stand-out solo goal of the week. Although goal 12, from neighbouring Norway, was another strike of excellent individual talent. Finally, although not officially part of the Scandi club, goal 10 showed off the best that Iceland has to offer.

While all the remaining goals are crackers, goal 8 stands alone as the most bizarre goal of the week.

As always, all we ask is that you sit back and enjoy!

1. Diego Souza (Palmeiras v Liga de Quito, April 21, 2009)

2. Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid v Getafe, April 22, 2009)

3. Andrei Arshavin (the Russian’s second & fourth goals) (Liverpool vs Arsenal, April 22, 2009)

4. Mauro Zarate (Juventus v Lazio, April 22, 2009)

5. Aleksandar Kolarov (Juventus v Lazio, April 22, 2009)

6. Ailton Almeida (Horsens v FC Copenhagen, April 25, 2009)

7. Marcelo Goianira (Sporting Lisbon v Amadora, April 25, 2009)

8. Sebastian Langkamp (Bayer Leverkusen v Karlsruhe, April 25, 2009)

9. Ronaldo (Santos v Corinthians, April 26, 2009)

10. Emil Hallfredsson (Reggina v Juventus, April 26, 2009)

11. Gregory Proment (Auxerre v Caen, April 26, 2009) (first goal on the video)

12. Cristian Bolanos (Start Kristiansand v Tromso, April 26, 2009)

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Narrowly missing out on this week’s list were goals from Gaizka Toquero, Mata Jajalo (1.05 minutes in), Andres Iniesta, Adem Ljajic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Joseba Llorente, Stanislav Sestak, Juan Manuel Vargas and Xabi Alonso.