Top 10 Goals of the Week

Another seven days just blew past in a flash and a bumper week of football awaits us in the next week

Stopping for the briefest of pauses, it’s time to wrap up the best strikes of the week, but before we get there it’s also right that we flag up the gaffes too.

We start by bringing you either one of the most unfair goals of the week, or a brilliant decision by the referee, depending on which side of the fence you come down on.

Last week in Brazil, Rio Branco took on Vilavelhense in a match where the hosts coasted to victory, running out 5-nil winners. The match was made noticeable for the hosts fifth goal scored by leading scorer Juca who, after watching the Vilavelhense number five collapse to the floor in a classic platoon moment (although did he get a touch?), decided to rob the fallen defender of the ball and calmly roll in the final humiliation for Vilavelhense. The bizarre goal can be seen here.

Next, it’s onto the quick-hits as we call out Wigan’s James McCarthy and Porto keeper Nuno for their first hand contribution in the two most shameful goals of the week.

Lastly, while everyone is raving this Monday about Leo Messi’s stunning match for Barca, the one person who should be happiest from the diminutive Argentine’s shift should be fellow strike-partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The giant Swede has been having a woeful time of it of late, and on Sunday night the $65 million Plan B forward missed a catalogue of guilt-edged chance in a horror performance.

Highlights of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s nightmare performance against Zaragoza, including three shocking misses from point-blank range, can be seen here.

And after all that it’s time for this week’s list, and as usual we invite you to sit back and enjoy 10 glorious goals, as follows:

1. Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux V Olympiakos, March 17, 2010)

2. Pablo Berrera (Pumas v Marathon, March 18, 2010)

3. Clint Dempsey (Fulham v Juventus, March 18, 2010)

4. John Goossens (Heerenveen v NEC, March 19, 2010)

5. Shunsuke Nakamura (Yokohama Marinos v Kawasaki Frontale, March 20, 2010)

6. Alexander Aliev (Lokomotiv Moscow v Samara, March 20, 2010)

7. Igor Burzanovic (Nagoya Grampus Eight v Jubilo Iwata, March 21, 2010)

8. Roland Linz (Austria Vienna v RB Salzburg, March 21, 2010)

9. Felipe Mattioni (Mallorca v Atletico Madrid, March 21, 2010)

10. Lionel Messi (Zaragoza v Barcelona, March 21, 2010)


Narrowly missing this week’s list were goals from Mohammed “Moa” Abdellaoue, Jurado, Maxi Pereira, Darijo Srna, Mario Santana, Mirko Vucinic, Darwin Quintero, Lucas Mareque, Eran Zahavi, Antonio Cassano and Gonzalo Colsa.