Top 10 Goals from Around the World This Weekend

Tom Webb@@tomwebby92UK Staff WriterMarch 27, 2016

Top 10 Goals from Around the World This Weekend

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    The world's best footballers were reunited with their compatriots this week for an international break full of Euro 2016 warm-ups as well as Africa Cup of Nations and 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

    As for those not quite good enough to receive call-ups for their countries, there was a busy schedule across Europe's lower leagues and in Australia, ensuring a healthy supply of weekend golazos.

    International stars mix with relative unknowns in this week's selection. Read on to view our Goals of the Weekend in all their glory.

Renato Marin, Espanyol vs. SAO PAULO (Youth)

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    The final goal in this compilation from the La Liga Promises youth tournament comes courtesy of a stunning free-kick from Sao Paulo goalkeeper Renato Marin.

    Yep, that's right—goalkeeper.

    The Brazilian side trailed by a goal to nil with 14 minutes played when Marin lined up the set-piece just inside the opposition's half.

    But instead of launching a long pass toward a team-mate, the stopper cut out the middle man and hit an extraordinary effort that flew over his opposite number and into the back of the net.

    Novo Rogério Ceni? Renato Marín, guarda-redes da Seleção Paulista, marca um golaço na Íscar Cup #LaLigaPromises

    — B24 (@bola24pt) March 25, 2016

    The youngster was immediately mobbed by his disbelieving team-mates, and rightly so.

    [YouTube, Twitter]

Saphir Taider, ALGERIA vs. Ethiopia

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    Riyad Mahrez's golden touch appeared to pass on to his international team-mates on Saturday when he provided the assist for an extraordinary Saphir Taider goal.

    The Algerians led 4-0 with 74 minutes played when the Leicester City man's pinpoint corner kick found Taider on the edge of the box.

    The ball arrived invitingly for the midfielder, who unleashed a sensational first-time volley that flew past the goalkeeper and into the net.


Antoine Griezmann, Netherlands vs. FRANCE

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    Antoine Griezmann showed his free-kick prowess with a clinical strike in France's friendly win away to the Netherlands on Friday.

    With the game just six minutes old, the Atletico Madrid forward stepped up and fizzed a fine effort past Jasper Cillessen and into the top corner.

    France went on to win the game 3-2, with Griezmann's strike the pick of the goals.


Hlompho Kekana, Cameroon vs. SOUTH AFRICA

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    Hlompho Kekana joined an illustrious list of names that includes David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Xabi Alonso on Saturday when he scored an incredible goal from close to the halfway line.

    The midfielder was representing South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Cameroon when he stole the ball of an opponent and, without hesitation, launched an incredible effort that flew with considerable power over the helpless goalkeeper and into the net.

    Just, wow.


Elliot Lee, COLCHESTER UNITED vs. Doncaster Rovers

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    West Ham United loanee Elliot Lee showed why he could have a future in the Premier League with a brilliant goal in Colchester United's win over Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

    The scores were level when Lee picked the ball up on the edge of the opposition box. With a flurry of neat touches he opened his body and fired an unstoppable strike past Remi Matthews in the Doncaster goal.

    The U's scored twice more to wrap up a seemingly comfortable win, but it was Lee's fine goal that provided the key breakthrough.


Roy O'Donovan, Adelaide United vs. CENTRAL COAST MARINERS

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    There was a special goal in the Australian A-League on Sunday, via the left foot of Central Coast Mariners forward Roy O'Donovan.

    The Irishman put his side ahead after 16 minutes, but the home side hit back with four goals of their own to secure a comfortable advantage.

    But with 83 minutes played, O'Donovan gave Mariners fans something to remember the game by when he controlled the ball on his chest and swivelled to send a stunning volley past the goalkeeper in one glorious motion.

    Some goal, that.


Toni Caravaca, BARCELONA vs. Real Madrid (Youth)

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    Fast-forward to 2:21 in this video, and you'll witness a very special goal from Saturday's mini-Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    The youngsters were competing in the final of the MIC 16 youth tournament, with Barca taking the lead 10 minutes into the second half.

    But the best was yet to come, as the Catalan side doubled their advantage nine minutes later through a sensational Toni Caravaca free-kick.

    With over 30 yards separating him from the goal, Caravaca stepped up and smashed an unstoppable free-kick over the goalkeeper and into the net, via the underside of the crossbar.

    What a strike.


Andre Dozzell, ENGLAND U17s vs. Finland U17s

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    England U17s kept their hopes of qualifying for the European Championships on track with a 1-0 win over Finland on Saturday.

    Andre Dozzell was the match-winner, as he finished off a flowing passing move that left the Finnish defence chasing shadows.

    It was the sort of goal more readily associated with the Barcelona first team...not that we're getting carried away or anything.

Dan Holman, CHELTENHAM TOWN vs. Boreham Wood

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    Cheltenham Town secured a comfortable 4-1 win at home to Boreham Wood in the Vanarama National League on Friday, with Dan Holman providing the undoubted pick of the goals.

    The Robins already led through Danny Wright's 17th-minute penalty when Holman picked the ball up on the edge of the opposition box, cut inside and smashed a snapshot into the far top corner.

    Pick that out.


Jamie Vardy, Germany vs. ENGLAND

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    Jamie Vardy opened his international goalscoring account in style with a lovely finish in England's 3-2 win away to Germany on Saturday.

    The Leicester City forward was brought into the action with the Three Lions 2-1 down and time fast running out in Berlin.

    And the man with 19 Premier League goals to his name already this season didn't take long to make his mark, adjusting to Nathaniel Clyne's low right-wing cross and beating Manuel Neuer with a brilliant flick.

    Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier then scored a late header as England secured a mightily impressive victory.

    Saturday night, and Jamie Vardy was definitely having a party.