The reduced fixture list over the past seven days has had a dramatic impact on our goals of the week list with only seven strikes proving worthy of receiving a special mention. While, similarly for the schmuck of the week prize, only one candidate stood out head and shoulders above the crowd.
When a minnow faces arguably the most feared team in world football, Brazil, the only way the underdog stands any realistic chance of getting something out of the game is ensure that no mistakes materialise at the back. Cut out the errors, stay organised, and pray the Samba Boys have an off day.
Sadly for Uruguay, keeper Sebastian Viera failed to get the memo. After having spent most of last season as a bench-warmer at Villarreal, the goalie looked caked in ring-rust when, after just 12 minutes, the nervy number one did everything wrong to allow Dani Alves’ bread-and-butter shot to bounce in the net.
Onto the list, where we would argue that good things come in small packages.
While most will have already seen goal 6, the remaining six strikes could well have been missed over the last week. Of special note, the Toulon Tournament served up two super strikes from distance (goals 1 & 4), a wonderful South American free-kick can be found at goal 5, and a brilliant team effort from the J-League’s second division made goal 3.
As always, all we ask is that you sit back and enjoy!
1. Mohammed Abdulla (Egypt U20 v UAE U20, June 3, 2009)
2. Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica v United States, June 3, 2009)
3. Hironori Nishi (Shonan v Roasso Kumamoto, June 3, 2009)
4. Bakary Sako (France U20 v Qatar U20, June 4, 2009)
5. Fabao (Santo Andre v Santos, June 4, 2009)
6. Wayne Rooney (Kazakhstan v England, June 6, 2009)
7. Juan Vargas (Peru v Ecuador, June 7, 2009)