Zlatan's Latest Worldy and the 10 Best Golazos from World Football This Weekend
This weekend featured two days ending in the letter "Y." Those are the days on which Zlatan Ibrahimovic usually does something brilliant.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker didn't disappoint on Saturday, scoring two goals to ease his side to their first piece of silverware this season. His first strike was superb, and it leads our list of the best golazos from the weekend...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) vs. Guingamp
A few days after scoring an incredible goal in training during a tour of Hong Kong, the mighty Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his presence felt in Paris Saint-Germain's French Super Cup victory over Guingamp.
Just eight minutes into the match, the fearless Swede sent in a rocket from around 25 yards, after performing a subtle dummy. Ten minutes later, Ibra doubled PSG's advantage from the penalty spot.
All hail, Zlatan!
Junior Dutra (KSC Lokeren) vs. Zulte-Waregem
The 2014-15 Belgian Pro League is in just its second week, but it already has a contender for goal of the season.
KSC Lokeren hosted Zulte-Waregem on Sunday and needed only 70 seconds to get off the mark. Brazilian midfielder Junior Dutra controlled a cross on the edge of the area before beating the keeper with a sensational overhead kick.
Ashley Young (Manchester United) vs. Real Madrid
Manchester United's impressive form on their tour of the USA continued on Saturday evening in front of a record-breaking 109,000 crowd in Michigan, as they defeated European Champions Real Madrid 3-1.
Ashley Young scored twice for Louis van Gaal's side, and his opener in the 21st minute came as a result of a move that consisted of over 20 passes.
The final four passes were excellent: Wayne Rooney backheeled the ball to Darren Fletcher, who made a one-touch pass to Danny Welbeck, who in turn found Young in plenty of space on the edge of the box.
Young and his fellow Red Devils will now play in the final of the International Champions Cup on Monday evening in Miami.
Joel Campbell (Arsenal) vs. Benfica
After impressing in the Champions League with Olympiakos and Costa Rica at the World Cup, Joel Campbell was finally given his Arsenal debut on Saturday—after a mere three years on the books.
The 22-year-old made an excellent impression against Benfica in the Emirates Cup, scoring the second goal of the afternoon when he volleyed home a pinpoint cross from Hector Bellerin.
After the game, Arsene Wenger said that he intends to keep Campbell at the Emirates this season. "He has a good balance between individual skill and a collective attitude, and that’s not easy to find," he said in a post-match press conference, as told by The Guardian's Paul Doyle.
Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) vs. Benfica
Joel Campbell wasn't the only Gunner to score his debut goal at the Emirates Cup.
Yaya Sanogo managed to score four goals against Benfica in Arsenal's 5-1 win. Yes, you read that correctly: Yaya Sanogo scored four goals—in one game.
The French U21's best strike of the afternoon was his first, when he converted with a very cheeky backheel from a well-placed Aaron Ramsey cross.
So, who's got a fiver on Sanogo for the Premier League Golden Boot?
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) vs. Celtic
On Saturday, Tottenham Hotspur faced a Celtic side reeling from a midweek Champions League defeat. Mauricio Pochettino's men inflicted even more pain on the Glasgow outfit during an easy 6-1 win, in which Harry Kane, Roberto Soldado, Lewis Holtby, Erik Lamela, Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen found the net.
Kane managed a very neat finish, but the best goal came from the right foot of Eriksen, who curled in a beautiful free-kick from around 25 yards.
Suso (Liverpool) vs. AC Milan
Liverpool beat an unconvincing AC Milan side in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday evening, thanks to goals from Joe Allen and Suso.
A minute before the end of regular time, the Spaniard received a square pass on the edge of the area from Coutinho. With one touch, the substitute attacking midfielder drove a low left-footed strike past goalkeeper Gabriel.
Having won all three of their matches in the U.S., Liverpool will now meet Manchester United in the final of the International Champions Cup in Miami on Monday.
Bradley Wright-Phillips (New York Red Bulls) vs. New England Revolution
Bradley Wright-Phillips' annus miraculous continued on Saturday when he scored his 18th goal of the season against New England Revolution.
The New York Red Bulls forward found himself in acres of space on the right flank and skilfully navigated past a defender before curling in a perfectly placed left-footed shot.
Wright-Phillips is now four goals ahead in the MLS top-scorer rankings.
Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg) vs. Cardiff City
[See the goal at 2.33 in the video above]
Cardiff City warmed up for their forthcoming Championship campaign by welcoming Wolfsburg to Wales on Sunday.
The Germans earned a 3-3 draw, thanks to a late strike from Ivica Olic, but the best goal of the day came from the right boot of Kevin De Bruyne.
In a move that started in the Wolfsburg penalty area, the former Chelsea star picked up the ball near the halfway line and proceeded toward goal, before unleashing an unstoppable 30-yard drive.
Daigo Nishi (Kashima Antlers) vs. Sanfrecce Hiroshima
As always, we save the best until last.
Kashima Antlers beat Sanfrecce Hiroshima 5-1 on Saturday, and the third goal was rather special.
In the 70th minute, Kashima took a corner which fell into the path of Daigo Nishi. From around 30 yards, the defender struck a sweet volley that the keeper had no chance of saving.
It was epic stuff.