The jammed-packed week of football just past has taken a few days to digest, but as the next round of matches approach kick-off, there are two pieces of footage which require special attention.
The first video to bring you comes from Serbia’s Super Liga, as league leaders Partizan Belgrade took on mid-table Jagodina at the Stadion Partizana. Leading 1-nil thanks to a first half strike from Lamine Diarra, the hosts made sure of the points with a wonder strike from vice-captain Almami Moreira (pictured) that brings back memories of Gazza’s solo stunner against Scotland in Euro ’96.
Collecting a pass on the edge of the area, Moreira had the presence of mind to immediately flick the ball around the onrushing defender to advance him into the box, before he composed himself in front on two covering defenders by lifting the ball back in the air as he calculated his next move. And with the ball dropping from the sky, Moreira smacked the ball on the volley, his super strike ripping into the back of the net for the killer second of the game.
Moreira’s wonder-strike came be seen here.
The second video comes from the Dutch Eredivisie, as Steve McClaren (who was earlier caught doing his Braveheart impression) took his FC Twente team to NAC Breda on Wednesday night.
It was a good night for the former England manager, as his charges secured a 1-nil win to lift them up to third, however the major talking point arrived in injury time, as NAC’s Anthony Lurling lost his mind and assaulted Niels Wellenberg.
With time running out, NAC had a free-kick gifting them one last chance to throw the ball into the box. But rather than attacking the ball, Anthony Lurling used this opportunity to show off his boxing skills, punching his marker in the guts and leaving him prostrated on the floor. The incident was caught by the match officials, with Lurling receiving an instant red card and a subsequent four match suspension.
Anthony Lurling’s assault can be seen here.