Goals of the Week

European Goals of the Week, 24 Jan: Jay and silent Old Trafford

Jay Rodriguez scored a screamer against United, plus some assisting genius, again, from Kevin De Bruyne.

1:40pm on Friday 24th January 2020
Martin Macdonald


Wolves came oh so close to becoming just the second team to take points off Liverpool this season, only for Roberto Firmino to score in the last ten minutes to secure the 2-1 win for Jurgen Klopp's men. However, the goal of the game was scored by the hosts to equalise, as Adama Traore powers down the right wing before standing a teasing cross into the box for Raul Jimenez, who rises into the air to glance a magnificent header across Alisson into the left corner. The Mexican also started the move with the ball down the channel for Traore.


Manchester City were struggling slightly against Sheffield United this week, but eventually opened the scoring in the 72nd minute after the defence of the hosts was unlocked by, of course, De Bruyne. After collecting possession to the right of the box, the Belgian takes out four defenders with a glorious pass/cross along the box for Sergio Aguero to tap home. De Bruyne actually manages to send the ball down the only alley in the box which would see Aguero get on the end of it.


Lorenzo Insigne has developed an Arjen Robben-esque knack of cutting in from the wing on to his stronger foot to cause havoc inside the opposition area. Whereas the Dutchman would usually have a shot as soon as possible, Insigne tends to take on more defenders, which is exactly what he does here in the Coppa Italia win for Napoli versus Lazio. The Italian twists and turns heading towards goal and then shifts the ball again on to his right to find the bottom corner.


Southampton's resurgence after the mauling by Leicester has coincided with a positive turn in form for Nathan Redmond. He recorded a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, and what a goal it was. He picks up possession around 25 yards out and displays impressive strength to hold off a couple of attempted challenges before rattling a cracking strike into the top left corner.


Burnley secured a potentially vital three points away at Manchester United, winning 2-0. The second goal was the one which took the game beyond United, as Rodriguez, almost from nowhere, sends an exocet of a shot bouncing in off the crossbar with his left foot from a yard or two inside the box. The ferocity of the strike was simply too much for David de Gea, who didn't have enough time to react before the ball was in the back of the net.


Gabriel Martinelli continues to impress for Arsenal, and it was he who originally equalised the game at Stamford Bridge with this superb, rapid run through the middle, while the finish is as cool as you like.

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