Best World Football Moments of the Weekend

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2013

Best World Football Moments of the Weekend

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    If last weekend was dominated by derby fixtures, then this one belonged to goalkeepers. One scored a freak goal, one committed a howler and another one—to paraphrase Chumbawamba—got knocked down, but he got up again. 

    Elsewhere, Gareth Bale started justifying his price tag, Robert Lewandowski was in utterly prolific form and a Japanese legend showed there is still plenty of goals left in him...

     

Asmir Begovic Became the Premier League's Fifth Goalscoring Keeper

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    Stoke earned a 1-1 home draw against high-flying Southampton on Saturday, getting off the mark under bizarre circumstances.

    After just 12 seconds of play, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic cleared a back pass upfield before watching it bounce over Artur Boruc into an empty net.

    The Bosnian became the Premier League's fifth goalscoring keeper. Peter Schmeichel, Tim Howard, Brad Friedel and Paul Robinson, if you're wondering.  

    He also became one of Stoke's top scorers this season, joining the likes of Peter Crouch, Jermaine Pennant and Charlie Adam. 

Manuel Almunia Helped Leicester to Victory with an Unfortunate Clearance Attempt

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    There was a Leicester fiesta at Vicarage Road on Sunday as the Foxes scored three unanswered goals against promotion rivals Watford, marking their 14th win in 19 matches.

    Manuel Almunia made sure Asmir Begovic wasn't the only keeper to be involved in a freakish goal when he attempted a clearance, which only got a far as striker Chris Wood's face. 

Hugo Lloris Was Knocked Unconscious but Played On

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    Both Everton and Tottenham squandered the chance to move up to second place in the Premier League on Sunday when they played out a goalless draw at Goodison Park.

    Once again, the most notable incident of the tie involved a goalkeeper.

    Late in the match, Hugo Lloris' face suffered an untimely meeting with Romelu Lukaku's knee. Andres Villas-Boas later confirmed to the BBC that the Frenchman lost consciousness during the incident, but he was determined to finish the match.

    Llloris' tenacity has evoked plenty of controversy, due to FIFA's clear guidelines that a player showing signs of concussion should be removed from a game. AVB, however, made the call and decided not to replace him with Brad Friedel.  

Aaron Ramsey Scored a Beauty in a Top-of-the-Table Clash with Liverpool

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    Arsenal opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table—while simultaneously denying Liverpool the chance to take top spot—in their 2-0 win at the Emirates on Saturday.

    Most of the pre-match focus was on Luis Suarez, due to his unfilled transfer to north London in the summer. However, the star of the show was Aaron Ramsey, who scored a stunning 25-yard volley in the 59th minute. It was the Welshman's 10th of the campaign so far. 

Cardiff Won the First-Ever Top-Flight Welsh Derby

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    On the same weekend that a Welshman scored a superb goal in London, a Londoner made history in Wales.

    Cardiff and Swansea met for the 106th time in 101 years, marking the first-ever Premier League south Wales derby. 

    A heavily policed encounter passed without incident—the BBC report that no arrests were made—but centre-back Steven Caulker made the difference in a 1-0 win for the Bluebirds, against the side who took him on loan in 2011-12.

Manchester City Reminded Us They Are Still Title Contenders

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    Out-of-form Joe Hart was dropped in favour of Romanian shot-stopper Costel Pantilimon for Norwich's visit to Eastlands on Saturday, but Manchester City could probably have played without a goalkeeper in their rout over the Canaries. 

    Pantilimon was twiddling his thumbs for most of City's emphatic 7-0 win, in which an own goal from Bradley Johnson opened the scoring at the 16-minute mark. From there, David Silva, Matija Nastasic, Alvaro Negredo, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko all found the net in an emphatic display of attacking prowess. 

    The win will serve as revenge for the Citizens, who haven't been beaten at home since Norwich pulled off a 3-2 victory on the last day of last season. 

Gareth Bale 'Silenced His Doubters' in Real Madrid Victory

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    Away from England, a former Premier League player didn't score any goals.

    Gareth Bale, however, made great strides in repairing his reputation during Real Madrid's 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano. 

    As recently as last week, the Welshman was being savaged in the Spanish press and mocked on television in a Forrest Gump parody.

    After setting up goals for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema against Rayo—a few days after he scored two and set up two against Seville—Spanish paper Marca said Bale had "silenced all of his doubters," which presumably includes Marca themselves. 

Three Was the Magic Number for Robert Lewandowski

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    Bayern Munich are still leading the Bundesliga after a victory over Hoffenheim that Pep Guardiola dubbed "lucky," via ESPNFC.com, but Borussia Dortmund are hot on the Bavarians' heels after a resounding 6-1 win over Stuttgart at the Westfalenstadion on Friday night.

    BvB's star man was Robert Lewandowski, who scored a hat-trick—which was opened with a cheeky backheel—and set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the sixth nail in Stuttgart's coffin.

    Lewandowski is now the Bundesliga's top scorer with nine goals. 

    Those who thought Dortmund would deteriorate at the conclusion of last season are now watching a side that appear to be getting better and better. 

Kazuyoshi Miura Became a 46-Year-Old Goalscorer

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    Yokohama FC lost 3-1 to Matsumoto Yamaga in the J-League Division 2 on Sunday, but history was made by a man who utterly refuses to retire.

    In the 38th minute, Kazuyoshi "King" Miura scored his second goal of the season at the age of 46 years and eight months. The man who first signed a professional contract in 1986 has become the oldest goalscorer in Japanese league history.

    The J-League top flight record was the legendary Zico, who scored for Kashima Antlers in 1994 at the age of 41 years and three months.

     

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