Greatest World Football Moments of the Weekend in Ocampos, Hernanes, Real Madrid
Another weekend of football has passed us by—and yet again a host of players, fans, teams and managers have been left enthralled by their peers' sublime actions.
From fantastic individual brilliance to instances of real importance to the team collective, this weekend brought us many moments to savour.
Here's a rundown of the very best of them from around the game.
Lucas Ocampos' Stunning Strike for Monaco
We'll start in France and Ligue 1, where Monaco recorded a 2-0 win over Toulouse on Sunday.
Lucas Ocampos hit a stunning overhead-kick goal late on in the match to seal the victory, having only entered as a substitute 15 minutes earlier.
The win keeps Monaco second in the table, five points off leaders PSG.
Graziano Pelle's Cheeky Back-Heel
Over to Holland's Eredivisie now where Utrecht and Feyenoord indulged in a goal fest.
Graziano Pelle's smart back-heeled finish was the third of seven goals in a 5-2 win for Feyenoord, which keeps them in the top four.
It was the Italian striker's 14th goal of the season in just 17 games, and the confidence he has in front of goal at present is clear for all to see.
Remember Alex Ferguson's big-money flop, signing Bebe for Manchester United?
Here he is in action for Pacos de Ferreira, struggling at the foot of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, as he thumped in a second-half equaliser for his side against Sporting Braga.
The game ended 1-1, but Bebe's team remain two points adrift at the bottom.
Hernanes with a 90th-Minute Comeback Winner
As if a late winning goal isn't enough, Lazio midfielder Hernanes made it a spectacular late winner, with his side down to 10 men, having come from a goal down twice in the game—and still having been behind with less than 10 minutes to play.
Pretty impressive stuff from the Serie A side, who move up to ninth with the win—their first away victory of the season, no less.
Preston's Late Equaliser
Franck Moussa left it late to come up with the goods for his team, but a stunning long-range strike rescued a point.
This is Coventry City ending up drawing 1-1 with Preston North End, with Moussa's goal coming in the 90th minute, shortly after Preston had gone down to 10 men.
Coventry have drawn three of their last four games.
Real Madrid's Wonderful Weekend
Few things could have gone better for Real Madrid this weekend; Cristiano Ronaldo hit a stonking opening goal, Gareth Bale hit a great free kick, they had five different scorers in a 5-0 away win and went level on points at the top of the table as a result.
Given that they played a day earlier than title rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, they might not have expected that to be quite the case by Sunday night. But as it turns out, Real remain just one point off the leaders.
Both Barca and Atletico Madrid only drew their respective games 1-1, leaving one point separating La Liga's top three in Spain.
Burundi Lead African Nations Championship Group Courtesy of Barnstorming Finish!
This isn't just about Europe's top leagues; great moments happen all over the world in football, and here's a prime example.
In the African Nations Championship this weekend, Burundi took charge of their four-team group with a 3-2 win over Mauritania. The win came courtesy of a 90th-minute strike from Ndikumana Selemani—and it was an absolute humdinger.
That's some way to send your nation to the top of the group.
Aussie Rules, Aussie Goals
We finish up in Australia's A-League, where Kenny Cunningham hit this howitzer from range for Wellington Phoenix against Melbourne Victory.
The game ended 5-0, and this was the second strike of the match, essentially putting it out of Victory's reach just before half-time.
This win was all the more surprising as Phoenix are just one place off the foot of the table—with Victory falling into fourth as a result.