Goals of the Week

European Goals of the Week, 7 Jan: Curtis Jones, a star in the making

The FA Cup threw up a few crackers this weekend.

11:00am on Tuesday 7th January 2020
Martin Macdonald


Oxford came back from behind to defeat Hartlepool to qualify for the fourth round of the FA Cup, with Shandon Baptiste scoring the best goal of the game with 25 minutes to go. After taking the ball into the box with a superb first touch, he embarks on a magical dribble, dancing beyond four defenders before comfortably finishing into the corner. The most impressive aspect of the goal was the final touch before the finish, as he cleverly sidestepps the tackle from the last defender.


Fiorentina drew 1-1 with Bologna and opened the scoring through Marco Benassi in stunning fashion. After a deep free-kick is sent into the opposition area and cleared, the midfielder moves on to the loose ball after holding his run at the edge of the box to dip a remarkable volley across into the left corner in what is a glorious display of technique.


The game between Fulham and Aston Villa had two good goals - one scored by Anthony Knockaert and this beauty from Harry Arter. With the game locked at 1-1, the Bournemouth loanee picks out a ridiculous, dipping, swerving thunderbolt of a strike high into the top left corner, with the goalkeeper left with no chance.


Pretty much every single goal scored by Atalanta in the 5-0 drubbing of Parma was excellent, but this screamer from Josip Ilicic is the pick of the bunch. Robin Gosens initially does well to hit the line down the left wing before standing a teasing cross to the back post for his team-mate, with the Slovenian subsequently finding the top corner with a ferociously-struck volley.


The Merseyside Derby on Sunday won't go down as a a vintage FA Cup tie, as Liverpool's youngsters defeated Everton's hopeless veterans 1-0. The only goal of the match was truly special, as 18-year-old Curtis Jones lit up Anfield with 19 minutes to go with a gorgeous, whipped effort into the top right corner, with the ball bouncing into the back of the net off the stanchion.

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