10 Best Golazos from World Football This Weekend
B/R's latest weekend golazo ranking features a lovely free kick from North America, stunning long-range drives from Germany and Austria, and a show-stealing overhead kick from a crucial play-off game lower down the English pyramid.
Before we get to the main event, honorable mentions this week go to Hakan Calhanoglu for adding another brilliant free kick to his collection, his teammate Julian Brandt for helping to sink Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in style, Carlos Vela for his free kick against Levante, Alessandro Florenzi's great run against Genoa and Davide Calla's neat volley for FC Basel.
With the honourables taken care of, here are this week's 10 best goals.
10. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) vs. Hellas Verona
When Udinese lost to Hellas Verona in January 2014, Antonio Di Natale announced his retirement.
Around 16 months later—after reversing his decision—the 37-year-old faced Hellas Verona once again and scored a great goal.
Di Natale made the difference in the 1-0 win with a lovely back heel just after the hour mark. It was his 206th Serie A goal, allowing him to overtake Roberto Baggio as the fifth-highest scorer in the league's history.
9. Kerem Demirbay (Kaiserslautern) vs. Darmstadt
Kaiserslautern and Darmstadt are in both in contention for promotion to the Bundesliga this season, but the latter earned a three-point advantage on Saturday with a 3-2 victory.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 13th minute via Kerem Demirbay, who managed to score directly from a corner.
8. Jaume Costa (Villarreal) vs. Deportivo La Coruna
Deportivo La Coruna needed a win to keep themselves out of La Liga's relegation zone, but they were held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal at the Riazor on Saturday.
The visitors opened the scoring when Juame Costa teed himself up for a lovely looping left-footed volley.
7. Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto) vs. Philadelphia
6. Thanos Petsos (Rapid Vienna) vs. Sturm Graz
Sturm Graz had the opportunity to leapfrog Austrian Bundesliga opponents Rapid Vienna on Sunday to take their Champions League qualification berth; however, the fierce contest finished 2-2.
Graz's second goal was a fine long-range effort from Thanos Petsos, who hit a long-range thunderbolt that the opposing keeper could only get his fingers behind.
The speed and distance can be appreciated with this alternate angle.
5. Nathan Arnold (Grimsby) vs. Eastleigh
Grimsby midfielder Nathan Arnold offered a two-for-one special on golazos during his side's Conference play-off against Eastleigh on Saturday.
In the third minute, Arnold scored a beautiful looping half volley to put the visitors ahead. With around 20 minutes to go, the 27-year-old set himself up for another sumptuous volley to win the game.
4. Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg) vs. Hannover
Hannover find themselves in a Bundesliga relegation play-off spot after a 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg that gave us two stunning goals.
The first to earn a spot on this ranking is Ivan Perisic's powerful effort to put Die Wolfe two ahead just before half-time.
3. Salif Sane (Hannover) vs. Wolfsburg
Hannover gave their Bundesliga survival hopes a glimmer of hope by pulling Wolfsburg's aforementioned 2-0 half-time lead back to a draw.
The equaliser came just before the hour mark when Salif Sane converted a corner with a wonderful overhead kick.
2. Kim Aabech (AGF) vs. Bronshoj
AGF's quest to earn promotion to the Danish Superliga was boosted on Sunday with a 4-0 victory over doomed rivals Bronshoj.
Kim Aabech opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a stunning backheel volley, unearthed by our friends at 101greatgoals.
The jury is out on whether Aabech actually meant to score, but it's certainly the kind of striker that his fellow Scandinavian Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be proud to own.
1. Adam Roscoe (Chorley) vs. Boston Utd
Chorley booked a place in the Conference North play-off final on Saturday, thanks to an incredibly dramatic last-minute stunner from Adam Roscoe.
In the 94th minute of their semi-final second leg with Boston United, Chorley were 2-1 down and desperately searching for a goal to progress.
The visitors found the goal they needed when a long ball was hoofed in and Roscoe pulled off a brilliant overhead kick.
Obviously, this golazo earns extra brownie points for its timing and context.