International Goals of the World Cup Qualifying Weekend
While domestic action takes a back seat for a few days, World Cup qualifiers are in full swing around the footballing world. And given the quality of players on show for their nations, it should be no surprise to find that plenty of quality goals were scored along the way!
Here's a roundup of all the best goals scored in international week so far.
Fans of all nations will be hoping that the finals themselves, held next year in Brazil, are equally full of spectacular and quality strikes.
Steven Gerrard, England vs. Moldova
Arjen Robben, Holland vs. Estonia
Holland and Estonia had their very own little goal of the night competition in their UEFA zone qualifying match, with Arjen Robben scoring the opening goal early on.
A typical Robben strike, he cut infield onto his left foot, beating the defender before curling an effort past the keeper. Not to be outdone, Estonia got themselves back on track...
Konstantin Vassiljev, Estonia vs. Holland
...as Konstantin Vassiljev decided to nutmeg a defender and rifle in a low, 25-metre effort to level up the scores.
Estonia went close to a major upset in the game as they led 2-1 for a long spell, before a late penalty spared the Dutch players' embarrassment.
Umut Bulut, Turkey vs. Andorra
Umut Bulut is the scorer of our next wonderstrike, smacking home his and Turkey's second goal in their 5-0 romp over Andorra. Bulut went on to complete his hat-trick in the game, with Arda Turan and Buruk Yilmaz scoring the other goals.
The result puts Turkey back in with a chance of clinching a playoff place in their UEFA qualifying group.
Mihai Pintilii, Romania vs. Hungary
Romania picked up a vital win over Hungary in their UEFA zone qualifying match, with the 3-0 win sending the Romanians two points clear into second place in their group.
Mihai Pintilii scored the pick of the goals, curling home from range with the second strike of the game. This effort came between goals from Ciprian Marica and Cristian Tanase.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Switzerland vs. Iceland
Icelandic attacker Johann Berg Gudmundsson was his country's hero as he struck a hat-trick in an epic 4-4 draw with Switzerland.
A smashed volley opened the scoring, another rifled shot pulled it back to 4-2...but it was his third goal, scored in the 90th minute of the game, which was the best of the lot.
Curl, pace, accuracy and timing, his point-saving goal was perhaps the pick of the night.
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