'Rosicky's Rocket' and the Greatest World Football Moments of the Weekend

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2014

'Rosicky's Rocket' and the Greatest World Football Moments of the Weekend

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    The North London derby wasn't necessarily a classic, but the traditionally heated affair featured a moment of brilliance from Tomas Rosicky, who fired home within two minutes to give the Gunners the three points.

    Elsewhere, there were defeats for Chelsea and Manchester United, continuing undefeated streaks for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and yet another record for Lionel Messi.

    Check out the most moments from another great weekend of world football...

Fabian Delph Dented Chelsea's Non-Title Race Hopes

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    Chelsea's race for the title was dashed at Villa Park on Saturday when Fabian Delph scored an 82nd-minute flick that was either sublime or unintentional.

    The Blues finished the match with nine men, as Willian and Ramires were both given their marching orders, with the latter sparking a melee that saw Jose Mourinho sent to the stands.

    As usual, "The Special One" denied that his side was in the title race after the game, despite being four points clear at the top. Is it just us, or is this schtick becoming a little tiresome? 



Steven Gerrard Nearly Scored a Hat-Trick of Penalties at Old Trafford

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    Manchester United suffered their fifth league defeat of the season on Sunday, as their bitter rivals, Liverpool, enjoyed a memorable day. The Reds' 3-0 victory was so comprehensive that the scoreline probably could have been twice as high. 

    Steven Gerrard showed his cool from the spot by converting a brace of penalties, but he squandered the chance of becoming the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick of penalties since Jan Molby in 1987 by missing the third.

    Luis Suarez killed off a United side that offered little fight with a third goal in the 84th minute.

    According to ESPN FC, home fans in the Stretford End sang "Have you ever seen Gerrard win the league?"

    Within a few months, this question could have an affirmative answer.

A 'Rosicky Rocket' Won the North London Derby

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    Tottenham's chances of finishing in the top four this season were dashed in the North London derby on Sunday as Arsenal won at White Hart Lane for the first time since 2007.

    A superb Tomas Rosicky strike—described on Sky Sports as a "Rosicky Rocket"—in the second minute was enough to settle the match, with the Gunners managing to resolutely defend the lead until the final whistle. 

    The BBC notes that Spurs have now lost three of their last four league matches, scoring just once. Are the days of seeing Tim Sherwood's gilets on the sidelines numbered?

St Marys Hosted a Six-Goal Thriller

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    Southampton took an early lead over Norwich on Saturday with a fifth-minute strike from Morgan Schneiderlin. Within less than a minute of his substitute appearance, Rickie Lambert found the net in the 57th minute, presumably to the delight of Roy Hodgson in the stands.

    Fellow England prospect Jay Rodriguez made it three before an embarrassing final 10 minutes in which the Saints conceded twice to substitute Johan Elmander and Robert Snodgrass. However, Southampton's Sam Gallagher put it out of reach deep into injury time, giving a 4-2 final score. 

    According to The Guardian, Norwich manager Chris Hughton was met with chants of "You don't know what you're doing" from the travelling fans. After the game, Hughton said, "I understand the chants directed at me." Which seems like a surprisingly honest response.

David Silva Scored a Beautiful Goal at the KC Stadium

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    After the disappointment of their Champions League exit last week, Manchester City kept their title aspirations on course on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Hull.

    Vincent Kompany was sent for an early shower after 10 minutes for clumsily bundling down Nikica Jelavic, but four minutes later the visitors went ahead from an unstoppable curling shot from David Silva. It was the Magician's fifth league goal of the campaign and, by far, his most impressive.

    City's defence withheld plenty of promising attacks from Jelavic before Edin Dzeko sealed the victory in the 90th minute.

Bayern Munich Went 50 Games Unbeaten

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    Earlier this week, Gary Lineker joked that there's an outside chance Bayern Munich will lose before Uli Hoeness sees out his three-and-a-half-year prison sentence. Judging by their current form, Hoeness could be a free man for a long time after they are toppled again.

    The Bavarians went 50 games undefeated on Saturday with a 2-1 record, breaking Arsenal's record and taking another step towards wrapping up the Bundesliga title in record time. 

    The best moment of the game was probably the brilliantly taken Bastian Schweinsteiger free-kick that secured the victory. 


Cristiano Ronaldo Helped Madrid's Hot Streak Continue

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    Bayern Munich aren't the only European powerhouse on a hot streak right now: After their 1-0 win at Malaga, Real Madrid are undefeated over 17 league games and 30 consecutive games in all competitions.

    Cristiano Ronaldo netted the winner in the 23rd minute, managing to fire the ball past three defenders to score his 39th goal of the season.

    With this effort, the Portuguese star becme the first La Liga player to score 25 or more goals in five consecutive seasons, as per @RMinOurHeart.



Lionel Messi Broke Yet Another Record

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    Not to be outdone by their Madrid rivals, Barcelona stormed to a 7-0 victory over Osasuna on Sunday, with Leo Messi contributing a hat-trick and an assist for Pedro.

    The diminutive Argentinean has now scored 371 goals for the Blaugrana, making him their all-time highest scorer. Before this weekend, Paulino Alcantara held the record with 369 strikes.

    According to @MessiStats, Messi has scored 190 times at the Nou Camp in 197 outings, as well as providing 57 assists.

And Finally...a Crazy Goal from Jordan

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    Let's wrap up this recap with a goal you may not have seen from the Jordan Pro League.

    During Al Wahdat's trip to Al Ramtha on Saturday, visiting striker Motaz Salhani scored the only goal of the game in spectacular style. 

    If you thought Delph's flicked goal was a fluke, watch Salhani run at full pace before flicking the ball over the keeper from around 25 yards. Whether he meant it or not, it's pretty impressive.


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