Goals of the Week

European Goals of the Week, Nov 4: McManaman the maestro and Depay dribbles again

Plus corkers from Zaniolo and Balotelli and a great Leicester team goal

 
11:00am on Tuesday 5th November 2019
By
Martin Macdonald

5. DEPAY LEAVES IT LATE

Lyon secured a dramatic late win against Toulouse at the weekend largely due to the performance of Memphis Depay, who scored two, including the winner in injury time, and what a winner it was. After collecting the ball deep he embarked on an incisive dribble, taking on one, two, three tackles before lashing a left-footed strike across goal into the bottom corner for the 3-2 away victory.

Watch Memphis Depay's goal on YouTube

4. ZANIOLO POWER TOO MUCH FOR MERET

Nicolo Zaniolo continued his scoring streak on Sunday as Roma secured a vital 2-1 home win versus Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico. It was the young Italian who opened the scoring after receiving a pass to the edge of the box before feigning a shot, leaving the defender off balance. With things becoming more crowded, he unleashed a left-footed strike high into the top right corner, flashing past goalkeeper Alex Meret.

Watch Nicolo Zaniolo's goal on YouTube

3. SUPER MARIO SILENCES THE BOO BOYS

The Serie A clash between Verona and Brescia will be remembered for yet more allegations of racism against Italian football fans. Mario Balotelli was the victim on this occasion, with the former Manchester City striker threatening to leave the pitch before being convinced to stay. Brescia lost, but he will have enjoyed his beautiful, curled strike into the top right corner from range to show the perpetrators in the stands just what he can do.

Watch Mario Balotelli's goal on YouTube

2. VARDY AND GRAY'S TELEPATHY

Jamie Vardy leads the goalscoring charts in the Premier League with 10 so far this season, and this was one of his best yet, as he netted the second in a 2-0 win for Leicester away at Crystal Palace. Youri Tielemans slid a pass into the centre for Demarai Gray, who stepped over the ball to allow Vardy to play him down the channel. Then comes the one-two back inside, with the in-form England striker given time to guide a left-footed finish into the corner.

Watch Jamie Vardy's goal on YouTube

1. MCMANAMAN CHANNELS JOHAN CRUYFF

The Championship threw up the best goal of this week, scored by Callum McManaman in a 2-1 defeat for Luton at home to Nottingham Forest. After picking up possession just inside the box, McManaman goes for the left-footed strike, only to send the defender the wrong way with a Cruyff turn before utilising the space to curl his effort superbly into the top corner. Top goal.

Watch Callum McManaman's goal on YouTube

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Christopher Nkunku scored the best goal of the game in RB Leipzig's 8-0 thrashing of Mainz, collecting a pass from Timo Werner before whipping a strike high into the left corner.

Watch Christopher Nkunku 's goal on Twitter

There are few better sights than a sweetly-caught half-volley and this is Chimy Avila for Osasuna against Alaves.

Watch Chimy Avila's goal on YouTube

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