Greatest World Football Moments of the Weekend with Messi, Dortmund and More
Welcome to our latest roundup of the greatest moments in world football, where we take a look at the best bits of league action and goalscoring feats from around the game.
Quite often, we'll look at a few goals or moments from lesser-viewed leagues, but this week we've got quality action from all of Europe's most-watched top flights to bring you big instances of footballing greatness from.
Here's all the best action of the weekend, starting in Spain.
Verza Beats Atleti
Atletico Madrid had been riding high in Spain's La Liga with just one defeat all season, but they came unstuck late on at relegation-strugglers Almeria this time.
Verza was the hero for the Andalucian club, scoring twice in the last 10 minutes to pick up a precious three points for his side.
His first goal was a quality whipped effort into the far top corner to embarrass goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia before the same player also converted a penalty after Atleti's stopper had seen red.
Messi's Brilliant Brace
As if the Atletico result wasn't good enough for Barcelona, they got back to winning ways themselves and reclaimed top-spot in the division along the way with a 4-1 win at Sevilla.
Question marks over the enduring fitness and impact of Leo Messi were swiftly put to bed as the Argentine put in an excellent performance, scoring two goals along the way.
Though they were both fine finishes in their own right, this piece of control and strike into the far corner was an exemplary hit.
Verona Steal Last-Minute Point off League Leaders Juventus
Juventus thought they were all ready to rack up another three points in Serie A on Sunday for what would have been their 14th win in 15 league games.
Instead, they let slip their 2-1 lead in the 95th minute against Hellas Verona and ended up with their second draw in three matches.
Juve are still miles clear at the top, but Verona's celebrations were richly deserved after coming from two goals down—with Juan Gomez Taleb stretching his every sinew to nod in this late point-saver.
Lukas Jutkiewicz Scores Great Individual Goal
Bolton Wanderers and Bournemouth fought out a 2-2 draw at the weekend, and there was no doubt about the highlight of the game—a stunning volley from range by Lukas Jutkiewicz.
The striker took a long ball down on his chest past the defender, teed himself up and lobbed the keeper from 20 yards to give his side a two-goal advantage.
Bolton only managed to draw in the end, though it brought an end to a run of three straight defeats.
Thunderbolt Free-Kick in Belgium
Over to Belgium now and a stonking free kick from Standard Liege's Paul-Jose M'Poku.
The midfielder fired in his seventh goal of the Jupiler League season against Zulte Waregem on Sunday, breaking the deadlock with just 20 minutes remaining before his side eventually ran out 2-0 winners.
Great technique, solo goals and late winners are all well and good, but there's little as satisfying as a superbly hit free-kick to watch hit the top corner.
Dortmund Back on Track in Five-Goal Rout
Borussia Dortmund made it two wins from two with a huge 5-1 win at Werder Bremen on Saturday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan marking the occasion with a brace.
The goal of the game was perhaps this surging run across the face of the penalty area by the Armenian before planting his shot back across into the opposite corner.
Robert Lewandowski also netted two, with Manuel Friedrich scoring the other.
Liverpool Rip into Arsenal
We'll end up in England and the Premier League, where arguably the most spectacular 20 minutes of the season came at Anfield.
Liverpool roared into action from kick-off, scoring inside 60 seconds before putting four past a shell-shocked Arsenal in just 20 minutes.
The Reds ended up winning 5-1, with Arsenal losing top spot in the league as a result.
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