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Suarez and Adebayor Braces and the Best World Football Moments of the Weekend

Ryan BaileyFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 1, 2017

Suarez and Adebayor Braces and the Best World Football Moments of the Weekend

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    Tim Sherwood—the man whom Jack Walker famously rated as a better playmaker than Zinedine Zidane—now has a 100 percent record as a Premier League manager.

    He has no qualifications or a full-time title, but the former Blackburn man has an unrivalled record thanks in part to Emmanuel Adebayor, the Tottenham striker who returned from the wilderness to have a great impact at St Mary's on Saturday. 

    Elsewhere in the English top flight, Luis Suarez broke several more records by continuing his hot streak and there was a very eventful tie at Craven Cottage.

    This week's best football moments also takes in the Milan derby, the FIFA Club World Cup, updates from Spain and Germany and a naughty squirrel... 

Luis Suarez Cannot Stop Scoring

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    In the 2008/09 season, Nicolas Anelka was the top Premier League scorer with 19 goals. This season, Luis Suarez has managed that many in just 12 games.

    The Uruguayan scored twice in Liverpool's 3-1 home victory over Cardiff on Saturday, a result that will keep the Reds at the top of the table at least until Arsenal meet Chelsea on Monday evening. 

    Suarez is now the first Premier League player to score 10 goals in a calendar month and the first player to score at least two goals in four consecutive games. 

    Is there any striker in the world in better form right now? 

Yaya Toure Scored a Beautiful Free Kick at Craven Cottage

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    Manchester City shook their Premier League away-day-hoodoo and jumped to second in the table with an eventful 4-2 victory at Fulham.

    Alvaro Negredo played a sublime assist to James Milner for the fourth goal in the 83rd minute, and Vincent Kompany scored a spectacular looping own goal, but the best strike of the day was Yaya Toure's 23rd-minute opener.

    Quite simply, free kick technique and placement doesn't get much better. 

    City are now unbeaten in nine matches and have scored an average of three goals per game. The Premier League title race will be very interesting in 2014. 

Emmanuel Adebayor Shook the Saints

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    The most entertaining Premier League match of the weekend might have been Tottenham's visit to Southampton. There was plenty of attacking, flowing football on display, particularly from Tottenham, who earned a 3-2 victory in interim manager Tim Sherwood's first game in charge.

    The star of the show was undoubtedly Emmanuel Adebayor, who bagged two goals in his first Premier League start this season.

    His first was a superb scissor kick that met a pin-point cross from Roberto Soldado, topping off the kind of quick forward movement that Spurs have been lacking under Andre Villas-Boas.

    This was the first goal scored by a Tottenham striker since October 27th. 

    Tottenham have now won six games on the road while Southampton have enjoyed no wins in their past six outings, their worst run since Mauricio Pochettino joined in January.  

Bayern Munich Became Champions of the World

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    Bayern Munich added another stake to their claim of being the best team on the planet on Saturday with lifting the FIFA Club World Cup trophy in Morocco.

    First half goals from Dante and Thiago Alcantara sealed a resounding win over Raja Casablanca, who had only qualified for the tournament by virtue of being the domestic champions of the host nation.

    Captain Philipp Lahm has now lifted five trophies in the past 12 months. This may have been a tournament of questionable importance, but Die Roten are showing no signs of slowing down. 

Ronaldinho Went 'Three for Three' with Free Kicks

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    In the third-place match at the Club World Cup, Ronaldinho's Atletico Mineiro took on Marcello Lippi's Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

    Much like in Mineiro's shock defeat to Raja, Ronaldinho stepped up for a beautiful free kick to bring the scores level at 2-2. (Incidentally, this is the Brazilian star's third consecutive game scoring from a dead ball.)

    The Chinese side, however, sneaked a late winner in extra time, no thanks to the fact that Ronaldinho managed to get himself sent off for petulantly kicking out.

    Despite the aforementioned lack of credibility of this tournament, Mineiro will be very disappointed to return home with defeats from Moroccan and Chinese sides.  

Internazionale Won the Milan Derby with a Cheeky Backheel

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    The Mlian derby looked to be heading to a goalless stalemate for the first time since 2004 until Rodrigo Palacio flicked in a very cheeky backheel in the 86th minute.

    The misery of defeat was compounded for struggling Milan when Sulley Muntari was shown a red card for a clumsy challenge deep in injury time. 

    This is the first time Inter have claimed three points in over a month, and the first win overseen by new owner Erick Thohir. 

     

Pedro Scored a Hat-Trick in 8 Minutes

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    Barcelona were without Neymar, Leo Messi, Xavi and Victor Valdes for Sunday's visit to Getafe, and things looked rather dire when the league leaders fell two goals behind after 14 minutes.

    However, the Blaugrana managed to go into the dressing room at half time leading 3-2, thanks to an inspired eight-minute hat-trick from Pedro. Cesc Fabregas added two in the second half to turn a potential scare into a resounding win. 

    Barca reclaimed the top spot in La Liga from Atletico Madrid, who also came from behind to beat Levante 3-2 on Saturday

Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund Suffered Defeats

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    While Bayern Munich were away in Morocco further enforcing their world-beating reputation, Bayer Leverkusen had a chance to close the gap at the top of the Bundesliga to four points. Unfortunately, the seven-point gap remains as Sami Hyypia's side lost 1-0 on the road to Bremen.

    Borussia Dortmund's slim hopes of competing in the title race were also dashed when Hertha Berlin pulled off a surprise 2-1 win at the Westfalenstadion, marking three consecutive victories for the Berliners. 

A Squirrel Held Everyone Up at Loftus Road

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    Queens Park Rangers lost their first home game of the season and their place at the top of the Championship table with a 1-0 loss to Leicester on Saturday. 

    Joey Barton received his eighth red card in eleven seasons as a professional and Jamie Vardy made the difference with a goal just before half time, but the clear highlight of the match was the squirrel pitch invasion.

    In the first half, the furry fella caused a four-minute delay as he scampered all over the field, with Foxes striker David Nugent showing off the squirrel-scaring tactics he has obviously been practising during training. 

     

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