Best World Football Moments of the Weekend
It was a weekend in which both Manchester sides lost, Fernando Torres got his claws out and Luis Suarez found the net for the first time since his ban, but there was plenty of action outside of the Premier League.
This week's installment of the Best World Football Moments takes us to Sweden, the Netherlands, Latvia (sadly not Latveria, home of Dr. Doom), Ghana and Peru for some impressive goalscoring action. There's also an off-the-field incident in Italy that has provoked some Daily Mail-style outrage.
Are you sitting comfortably? Let's begin...
Jurijs Zigajevs of Ventspils (Latvia) Scored a Stunner
You probably haven't heard of Jurijs Zigajevs—and you will probably have some difficulty wrapping his name around your tongue—but the Latvian winger landed on our radar after putting away a stunning goal on Saturday.
Latvian Virsliga side Ventspils beat their Baltic rivals Spartaks 3-0, with Zigajevs' moment of magic providing the second goal. A ball is chipped from the edge of the centre circle to the edge of the box, where the 27-year-old midfielder controls it with his chest, and then smashes an unstoppable overhead volley.
Jose, sign him up for Chelsea! Then leave him out of your squad!
Joao Moutinho Kept Monaco at the Top of Ligue 1
La bataille des nouveaux riches continues at the top of Ligue 1, with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco neck and neck on 18 points.
Monaco were temporarily ousted from top spot when the Parisians beat Toulouse 2-0 on Saturday, but they climbed back to the summit on Sunday after earning a point against Stade de Reims.
Claudio Ranieri's side fell behind in the fourth minute, but Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho saved their blushes with a very clever and very beautiful free kick.
IFL Varnamo Goalkeeper Bjorn Akesson Scored a Dramatic Equaliser in Sweden
Over to the Swedish second division, where IFL Varnamo were trailing 3-2 to visitors Varbergs in the third minute of injury time during their clash on Saturday.
With nothing to lose, 35-year-old keeper Bjorn Akesson went up for a last-gasp corner kick, bravely pushing further up than at least four of his teammates.
The move paid off, however, when Akesson volleyed home the equaliser before disappearing for several seconds under an epic playground-style bundle.
Roda Keeper Filip Kurto Scored an Unfortunate Own Goal in the Eredivisie
While a career-defining moment was playing out for a plucky goalie in Sweden, Filip Kurto of Eredivisie side Roda JC suffered a forgettable incident during a visit to Utrecht.
With honours even shortly before the end of the first half, Utrecht's Jens Toornstra lined up a free kick on the edge of the box. It curled and hit the post only to deflect in off the back of the poor keeper's head.
Roda went 2-1 down but showed some Dutch courage to fight back and eventually earn a 3-3 draw.
Mauro Guevgeozian of Alianza Lima Scored a Golazo in Peru
Sport Huancayo were only founded six years ago, but they now ply their trade in the Peruvian Primera Division among established sides such as Alianza Lima, whom they hosted on Sunday.
The visitors earned a 1-1 draw thanks to a superb instinctive volley from striker Mauro Guevgeozian.
Bizarrely enough, the match was later suspended for eight minutes when a hailstorm became too intense.
AshantiGold's Francis Adeji Blasted an Overhead Volley in Ghana
AshantiGold moved up to second place in the Ghana Premier League on Sunday when they secured a 1-0 home victory over Wa All Stars.
The difference maker was Francis Adjei, who hit a powerful volley with his back to goal in the 33rd minute.
Robinho Rode a Bicycle with a Child on It
Roma maintained their 100 percent record with a stunning 5-0 victory over Bologna on Sunday, but the biggest story in Italy this week revolved around Robinho's off-the-field antics.
Forget Britney Spears driving with her son in her lap or Michael Jackson dangling a baby from a balcony: The Brazilian was filmed by Milan's TV channel riding a bicycle along a gravel path wearing flip flops, while precariously holding a child in one hand.
Those who have seen the standard of driving in Italy may feel the youngster was safer than if he was strapped into a family people carrier on the Autostrade, but the 29-year-old has been labelled "reckless" for his two-wheeled faux pas.
Mesut Ozil Juggled His Chewing Gum Again
Before Arsenal maintained their spot at the pinnacle of the Premier League with a hard-earned 2-1 away win at Swansea, new signing Mesut Ozil was spotted doing his chewing gum juggling trick. It's the same trick we saw the German pull off during a warm up for a national team game a few years ago.
It shows impressive skill, but it also shows an impressive level of poor personal hygeine, not to mention bad manners. Keep the gum in your mouth next time, Mesut. Or better still, don't chew gum while playing football!
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