Best World Football Moments of the Weekend

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2013

Best World Football Moments of the Weekend

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    Derby matches are like buses: You wait for ages for one, then four come along at once. This weekend saw local rivalries played out all across Europe, but most notably in Spain, where the first Clasico of the Martino/Ancelotti era was played. Those watching were treated to a very special winning goal from Barcelona.

    Elsewhere, it was the final day of the MLS season in the U.S., a Chelsea striker had his scoring boots on and a European goalkeeper had a howler—and we're not talking about Joe Hart.

    Let's take a look through the best moments of the weekend... 

Fabio Borini Won the Tyne-Wear Derby with a Beautiful Strike

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    The 143rd Tyne-Wear derby took place at The Stadium of Light on Sunday, and honours were even between struggling Sunderland and their local rivals Newcastle until the 84th minute. 

    At that point, on-loan Italian forward Fabio Borini showed his class with a superb long-range winner.

    The goal gave Sunderland their first win of the season and made Alan Pardew the first Magpies manager to lose successive derbies since Joe Harvey in 1967. 

Borussia Dortmund Won an Eventful Ruhr Derby

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    Borussia Dortmund kept chase with Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Schalke at the home of their Gelsenkirchen rivals.

    The 141st Ruhr derby was won with goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nuri Sahin and Jakub Blaszczykowski, but it wasn't the the action on the field that made the match eventful.

    Kick-off was delayed when travelling BvB fans threw flares and fireworks onto the field, and as you can see above, Jurgen Klopp managed to kick a ball at the fourth official's head. Unlike his terrifying confrontation with the man on the sideline in the Champions League match with Napoli, this fourth official attack was accidental.  

    Bayern remain one point ahead of BvB, having beaten Hertha Berlin to increase their undefeated streak to 35 games.  

Alexis Sanchez Won El Clasico with a Cheeky Chip

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    The most highly anticipated derby of the weekend was surely El Clasico, which was a debut for both managers and the marquee summer signings of both teams: Neymar and Gareth Bale

    Tata Martino and Neymar left the Nou Camp with bigger smiles, as the latter opened the scoring on the 19th-minute mark. 

    Alexis Sanchez was the hero of the day, however, as his exquisite chip beat Diego Lopez in the 78th minute to make it 2-0. It evoked the legendary Philippe Albert chip from 1996 that embarrassed Peter Schmeichel and Manchester Utd.  

    An injury-time consolation from Jese wasn't enough to ruin the Blaugrana's day. Gareth Bale, meanwhile, endured a miserable Clasico debut, with a 54 percent completion rate and a yellow card to show for his efforts before he was substituted. 

The Highlands Derby Was Postponed Due to Floodlight Failure

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    Amid all the derby fun elsewhere in Europe, it was easy to forget that the Highland derby between Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle took place on Friday night. 

    Well, only half of it actually took place, as the floodlights failed at half-time and the referee was forced to postpone the game.  

    The big irony? Ross County's home is the Global Energy Stadium. Oops.  

Fernando Torres 'Surprised' Jose Mourinho by Scoring a Goal

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    It seems like Fernando Torres' career has been revived on numerous occasions, but The Guardian's Barney Ronay is referring to the evolution of "Fernando 2.0" after his 90th-minute winner for Chelsea against Manchester City on Sunday.

    The Spaniard made it 2-1 to the title-chasing Blues when he pounced upon the latest error from City goalkeeper Joe Hart. 

    Jose Mourinho told the BBC he is "surprised" by Nando's form this season, given that he had already netted a brace against Schalke in the Champions League earlier in the week. 

    The Special One celebrated Torres' effort by jumping into the crowd behind the City dugout, enraging Manuel Pellegrini enough for him to refuse to shake hands with his Portuguese counterpart. 

    Mourinho is now unbeaten in 65 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge. 

Thierry Henry Scored a Golazo to Help New York Red Bulls Win Silverware

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    Across the pond, the MLS regular season finished this weekend. New York Red Bulls finished on top of the Eastern Conference thanks to a 5-2 rout over Chicago Fire, which also gave them the best season record in the league.

    As a result, they picked up the MLS Supporters' Shield, the club's first piece of major silverware that also gives them a berth in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League. 

    The Red Bulls went 1-0 down in the sixth minute, but the equaliser was something very special from Thierry Henry. The prolific Frenchman chested a pass from Peguy Luyindula, then unleashed an unstoppable half-volley for his 10th goal of the season.  

DC United's Season Top Scorer Was 'Own Goal'

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    While the Red Bulls were toasting their success on Sunday evening, they were scratching their heads at the season-long shambles they had witnessed a little further south down the East Coast in Washington D.C. 

    DC United lost 2-1 at home to Houston on Sunday, meaning they won only three games of a possible 34 in 2013.

    The most embarrassing stat of all, however, is that none of their players managed more than three goals this season. They scored four own goals though, meaning they should hand their top goalscorer trophy to "own goal" this season. 

Freiburg Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann Had a Bad Day at the Office

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    Joe Hart may take a quantum of solace from the fact that he wasn't the biggest blundering goalkeeper in top-flight football this weekend.

    That honour goes to Oliver Baumann of Freiburg, who was at fault for all three of the goals in his side's 3-0 home defeat to Hamburg. 

    For the first two goals, the 23-year-old shot-stopper was caught outside his area, Hart style. For the third, he spilled a shot from Maximilian Beister to lay a gift at the feet of Rafael van der Vaart.

    The loss leaves Freiburg rooted in the Bundesliga relegation zone, but Hamburg's second away win of the season helped them pull away from the drop zone. 


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