Best World Football Moments of the Weekend

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistNovember 10, 2013

Best World Football Moments of the Weekend

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    Round 11 of the Premier League brought plenty of surprises, with controversial equalizers in London, a surprising victory on Wearside and a spectacular performance from a Dutch goalkeeper.

    Elsewhere in Europe, the major players extended their leads in their respective leagues with some very special performances.

    Take a look at our highlights from the weekend and leave your favourite moments in the comments.

Jose Mourinho Maintained His Unbeaten Chelsea Home Record in Controversial Style

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    Deep into injury time at Stamford Bridge, West Brom were on their way to a famous 2-1 victory, with Baggies manager Steve Clarke set to end former colleague Jose Mourinho's 66-match unbeaten home run with Chelsea.

    Ramires, however, went down in the box rather easily from minimal contact from Steven Reid, earning a penalty that Eden Hazard converted for a 2-2 draw.

    Clarke was reported as being "flabbergasted" by the decision in the Daily Mail, while goalkeeper Ben Foster used slightly stronger language on Twitter.

Tim Krul Caused Tottenham Heartache with a Career-Defining Performance

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    Loic Remy scored the only goal at White Hart Lane on Sunday to compound the frustration of Tottenham fans, but the performance of the day undoubtedly belonged to Newcastle keeper Tim Krul.

    The Dutchman saved an incredible 14 on-target shots during the match, the highest number in a single game since Opta records began. His finest moment was a fantastic double save from a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick and Younes Kaboul follow-up. 

    Remy, meanwhile, has now scored seven goals in his past seven games. Andres Villas-Boas' £100 million-plus side have only scored five goals in that period.

Adam Lallana Justified His England Call-Up with a Solo Golazo

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    Southampton continued their tremendous start to the season with a 4-1 win over a fairly underwhelming Hull side.

    One of the best goals of the weekend came from the feet of Adam Lallana, who went on a dizzying solo run to slot home the Saints' third goal shortly before half-time. 

    Roy Hodgson was in the St. Marys crowd to see a fine performance from one of three Southampton players he has called up for the forthcoming Three Lions friendlies.

Joey Barton Massaged a Former Teammate's Groin with His Studs

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    Joey Barton earned Queens Park Rangers a 1-1 draw at Reading with a 78th-minute free-kick, but he made headlines for some "banter" with former Newcastle teammate Danny Guthrie.

    As Guthrie lay on the field receiving treatment, Mr. Barton went in with a playful studs-up challenge to his groin.

Pedro Assisted Himself for a Lovely Goal Against Real Betis

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    Barcelona increased their lead at the top of La Liga by three points on Sunday as they schooled Real Betis by a scoreline of 4-1 in Seville.

    Leo Messi suffered a rare injury during the first half, but a Cesc Fabregas brace and goals from Neymar and Pedro sealed the win for the Blaugrana.

    Pedro's solo goal was particularly impressive, as he threaded a through-ball past the Betis back line and picked it up himself to slot home in sublime fashion. Perhaps he earned the goal and the assist for that one?

Pirlo and Pogba Scored Beautiful Goals for Juventus

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    Juventus took a bold step toward retaining their Serie A title on Sunday with an emphatic 3-0 win over fellow Scudetto chasers Napoli in Turin.

    Fernando Llorente opened the scoring in the second minute, but the second half brought a superb free-kick from Andrea Pirlo and an unstoppable volley from Paul Pogba six minutes later.  

    Things are getting very interesting at the top of Serie A.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scored a Hat-Trick

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    Paris Saint-Germain opened their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to four points with a 3-1 victory over Nice on Saturday.

    The mighty Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick (a Zlatrick?) and could have had another couple in yet another dominant performance.

    The Swede has now scored 14 goals in his last eight games.

Cristiano Ronaldo Also Scored a Hat-Trick

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    Ibrahimovic wasn't the only world football superstar to score three goals this weekend: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second consecutive hat-trick at the Bernabeu in Real Madrid's 5-1 victory over Real Sociedad. 

    The Portuguese forward has now netted nine in his last four games and has scored a total 24 times this season—16 in the league and eight in Europe.

    He has managed 62 goals in 2013, and this marks the 23rd time he has scored three or more goals in a game. 

Bayern Munich Managed a Record-Breaking Win

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    Bayern Munich are now four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, thanks to their 3-0 home win over Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund's surprise loss at Wolfsburg. 

    Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller all found the net, sealing a 37th consecutive undefeated match for the Bavarians. Their last league loss was in October 2012.

    The streak is a new German record, eclipsing the 36-game undefeated streak set by Hamburg between January 1982 and January 1983.

A Lower-League Spanish Goalkeeper Scored a Last-Minute Beauty

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    We finish this week with a brilliant goal you probably haven't seen from Spain.

    Alcudia faced Mallorca B in the regionalised Spanish fourth tier on Sunday and were 1-0 down in the dying seconds. Goalkeeper Tolo Barcelo came up for a last-gasp free-kick, and lo and behold, he scored a once-in-a-lifetime overhead kick to earn a 1-1 draw. 

    To see more goalscoring goalkeepers, check out my recent feature

     

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