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European Goals of the Week, 20 Dec: Ronaldo rises to the heavens
Goals of the Week

European Goals of the Week, 20 Dec: Ronaldo rises to the heavens

The Portuguese superstar turned into a NBA player against Sampdoria.

12:39pm on Friday 20th December 2019
Martin Macdonald


18-year-old Joshua Zirkzee became Bayern's third-youngest goalscorer in the Bundesliga this week when he popped up in injury time to score the winner in a 2-1 away victory versus Freiburg. It was a really well-worked goal which led to the dramatic winner, too, as Robert Lewandowski cushioned a header down for Serge Gnabry, who in turn caught everyone out with a dinked pass through to the young Dutchman, who poked a finish under the keeper, sparking huge celebrations from the Bavarians.


Juventus took on Sampdoria this midweek and earned a narrow 2-1 victory. Paulo Dybala opened the scoring for the Serie A champions in cracking fashion, waiting patiently outside the box down the right channel to receive a lofted diagonal pass from Alex Sandro before sweeping a first-time volley across the penalty area into the bottom left corner. A quite magnificent display of technique to catch the ball on the volley yet keep it low enough to nestle in the bottom corner.

1. AIR CR7

In most other games, that goal from Dybala would certainly have been the best goal featured, but with Cristiano Ronaldo around he is always likely to steal the spotlight, which is exactly what he did to score the winning goal against Sampdoria. Alex Sandro was again the assist-maker, as he curls a teasing cross to the back post for Ronaldo, who jumps higher than the crossbar (seriously) to 8.39ft before hanging in the air long enough to divert a header into the corner. His waist is at the same height as the defender's head...

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