Premier League Goals of the Week: Rafael Van Der Vaart, Frank Lampard, and More
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Welcome to the new weekly Bleacher Report Goals of the Week video montage feature, bringing you the best of the best in every week of Premier League football action.
In the latest batch of Premier League fixtures, 34 goals were scored amongst the 20 clubs of England's top tier, most being of the ordinary variety that many of us will forget by the end of this sentence. We're not here to show you those goals.
We're here to show the most awe-inspiring, breathtaking goals of the week. So, without further ado, here are your top five from the weekend:
5. Frank Lampard: In the midst of numerous heated debates about whether or not Frank Lampard is still the top-notch talent that we all know he was in his youth, Lampard set out to prove that he most certainly is.
Sure, two of his goals on Sunday were decidedly unspectacular. And sure, they came against the most out-of-form organization in the league right now. But his first of the three-goal hat trick was a beauty.
After receiving the ball in the box from Daniel Sturridge, Lampard wasted little time making a decision or settling the ball. Instead, he slipped it skillfully just out of the keeper's reach and commenced a well-deserved celebration to quiet the naysayers for at least a little while.
4. Rafael van der Vaart: His fourth goal in three North London Derbies, Rafael van der Vaart's goal to put the Spurs on top in the first half was as spectacular as it was controversial.
While the debates circling around whether or not he handled the ball as he landed it on his chest, and whether or not his celebrations amongst the crowd should have resulted in a sending off will last for months to come, there can be little doubt about the sheer entertainment value of the Dutchman's finish.
3. Gabriel Agbonlahor: With his fourth goal of the season over the weekend, Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor managed to beat his 2010-11 tally after only seven appearances—a valuable testament to his form.
And he did it in style, too. Agbonlahor beat his marker to with sheer speed, chasing a pass down the touchline. With a bit of impressive footwork, he created enough space to blast a shot into the netting from the top of the box to help Villa defeat Wigan 2-0.
2. Jonas Gutierrez: Toward the end of Newcastle's away fixture at Molineux, it began to look as though the first goal of the season from Jonas Gutierrez would be nothing but pure spectacle, as his side carried a clean sheet into the final minutes. The 17th-minute goal from teammate Demba Ba looked to be all Newcastle would truly need to secure the victory.
But Wolves hammered on home in the 88th minute, making the goal from Gutierrez in the 38th minute worth so much more than spectacular highlight-reel material. Though, spectacular highlight-reel material it surely was nonetheless.
The Argentine midfielder beat not one, not two, but three defenders before finally slipping the shot past the keeper to secure his spot as one of the week's best.
1. Adam Johnson: Manchester City returned to their high-pressure, heavy attacking, ridiculous goal-scoring ways this weekend against Blackburn, shutting out the home side 4-0 on the road. Four different City players found the back of the net, but the most spectacular goal of the day for City, and for the league, came from the foot of Adam Johnson.
After a City corner kick was cleared out of the box in the 56th minute, the ball fell directly to Johnson. With plenty of space and time, he demonstrated an enviable degree of composure as he calmly settled the ball, considered his options, glanced at his watch, took a sip of his tea and curled a shot in into the top corner of the net.
It couldn't have been any better.
Join us once again when Premier League action returns after the International break and we resume this new feature, bringing you the best goal-scoring moments from England in Matchweek Eight.
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