Top 10 Goals from Around the World This Weekend

Tom Webb@@tomwebby92UK Staff WriterApril 3, 2016

Top 10 Goals from Around the World This Weekend

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    The turn of April brought the return of club football this weekend, with a full schedule across Europe's major leagues and elsewhere.

    The highlight was undoubtedly provided by El Clasico, where Real Madrid breathed new life into the Liga title race with a 2-1 win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

    In the Premier League, Leicester City's 1-0 win over Southampton extended their lead at the top to seven points, while Juventus also stretched their lead in Serie A.

    But that's not what we're here for. We're here for golazos. Read on to see the 10 best from around the world this weekend...

Dimitri Payet, WEST HAM UNITED vs. Crystal Palace

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    Dimitri Payet showed just why he's one of the best free-kick takers in Europe at the moment with a stunning effort in West Ham United's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at the Boleyn Ground.

    The score was locked at 1-1 as half-time approached, when the visitors conceded a foul on the edge of their own penalty box.

    Up stepped Payet to whip a brilliant strike that dipped viciously into the top corner. The ball beat Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey on the side he appeared to be covering, but the incredible drop on the ball meant it was almost unstoppable.

Javier Hernandez, BAYER LEVERKUSEN vs. Wolfsburg

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    Javier Hernandez continued his fine goalscoring campaign with a lovely strike in Bayer Leverkusen's 3-0 win at home to Wolfsburg on Friday.

    Bayer led thanks to Julian Brandt's first-half strike, when Hernandez picked up the ball on the edge of the box with 73 minutes played.

    Allowed some room, the former Manchester United striker shifted the ball out of his feet and whipped a perfect strike into the far corner.

    It was his 15th Bundesliga goal of the season in just 23 league appearances.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN vs. Nice

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    Like Javier Hernandez, veteran goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been enjoying a highly prolific season in front of goal.

    The Swedish talisman scored a hat-trick in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 win over Nice on Saturday, with the pick of the bunch coming via a thunderous 34th minute free-kick.

    With the score level at 1-1, Ibrahimovic stepped up to the dead ball and smashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner.

    He completed his triple in the second half, taking him to 30 Ligue 1 goals for the season, as the Parisians ran out comfortable winners.


Hatem Ben Arfa, Paris Saint-Germain vs. NICE

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    In the same game as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's rocket hit, Hatem Ben Arfa provided another reminder of his talent with a sensational goal of his own.

    Nice trailed to Ibrahimovic's 15th minute opener when Ben Arfa picked the ball up just inside the PSG half and drove forward. Approaching the opposition's box, he cut inside onto his left foot and whipped a sublime effort past Kevin Trapp and into the top corner.

    The night might have ended in disappointment for Nice, but Ben Arfa's goal certainly gave them something to remember.

Franck Ribery, BAYERN MUNICH vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

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    Bayern Munich returned to Bundesliga action on Saturday with a 1-0 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

    There might have been only one goal, but what a special goal it was.

    Franck Ribery was the goalscorer (20 seconds into the above video), as he went aerial to beat Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky with a stunning bicycle kick in the 20th minute.

    Bayern held on from there to maintain a five-point lead at the top of the table.


Aleksandar Kolarov, Bournemouth vs. MANCHESTER CITY

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    Aleksandar Kolarov provided the icing on the cake as Manchester City thrashed Bournemouth 4-0 at Dean Court on Saturday.

    Manuel Pellegrini's side already led 3-0 when, deep into injury time, the left-back sprinted into the Cherries' box and smashed a brilliant strike across the goal and into the very top corner.


Carlos Tevez, BOCA JUNIORS vs. Atletico Rafaela

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    Carlos Tevez showed he still has it with a delightful opening goal in Boca Juniors' 3-0 win over Atletico Rafaela on Saturday.

    With the game 25 minutes old, the Argentinian striker raced onto Pablo Perez's through ball and sent a gorgeous first-time lob over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

    Federico Carrizo and Nicolas Lodeiro then scored on either side of half-time as Boca ran out comfortable victors.



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    Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker has been impressing on loan at Vitesse Arnhem recently, and that continued on Sunday when he scored a brilliant free-kick during his side's 2-1 defeat away to NEC.

    Vitesse trailed 2-0 when Baker took responsibility for a set-piece some 25 yards from goal, and he made the most of it by hitting a great strike over the wall and into the top corner.

    Could we be seeing him in a blue shirt in the not-too-distant future?


Mauricio Pinilla, ATALANTA vs. AC Milan

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    Mauricio Pinilla was up to his usual tricks again on Sunday, as he scored another brilliant overhead kick in Atalanta's impressive 2-1 win at home to AC Milan.

    The home side led thanks to Luiz Adriano's early penalty, when Atalanta won a corner with 43 minutes on the clock. The set piece was half-cleared, but when a header sent the ball back into the box, Pinilla responded by launching into the air and sending a perfectly executed bicycle kick into the top corner.

    The Chilean striker has earned a reputation for perfecting one of the game's most cherished skills, and he added to that on Sunday with his latest stunning effort.


Esteban Miracco, Almagro vs. DEPORTIVO SANTAMARINA

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    But if you thought Mauricio Pinilla's goal had to be the best overheard kick of the weekend, you'd be wrong.

    That honour surely belongs to Esteban Miracco, who put Deportivo Santamarina ahead with a stunning effort away to Almagro in the Argentine second division on Saturday.

    Miracco's moment of glory came when a fourth-minute corner left the forward with his back to goal and the ball bouncing invitingly in front of him.

    The tight (almost impossible) angle didn't frighten him, however, as he went head under heels to find the opposite corner with an outrageous overhead kick.

    The game finished 1-1, but that's not what it'll be remembered for.



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