Goals of the Week

European Goals of the Week, Nov 13: Barella Bullet and Magical Messi

Inter completed a dramatic comeback against Verona, while the Argentine scored two near-identical free-kicks.

 
10:55am on Wednesday 13th November 2019
By
Martin Macdonald

5. FAB-INHO

In the most controversial moment of the Premier League weekend, Liverpool went up the other end of the pitch to score after Manchester City were denied what looked to be a clear penalty for handball. The controversy actually took some shine off the goal itself, which was scored superbly by Fabinho. The ball breaks to the Brazilian around 25 yards out, and with one touch to set himself up, he arrows a glorious strike into the left corner with Claudio Bravo powerless to get across goal to keep it out.

Watch Fabinho's goal on YouTube

4. NAINGGOALAN

Radja Nainggolan is creating quite the portfolio of impressive goals in his career, especially this season after moving to Cagliari from Inter. He was the star of the show for his side in the 5-2 win over Fiorentina at the weekend, recording three assists. He also earned himself a deserved goal in the second half with a thunderbolt of a strike from outside the box which is hit with so much venom the goalkeeper has absolutely no chance to make a good enough reaction in time.

Watch Radja Nainggolan's goal on YouTube

3. FOXY INTERPLAY

Leicester are becoming one of the most exciting and entertaining teams to watch in the Premier League currently, and after their impressive win against Arsenal on Saturday they now sit second in the table. Key to that win was Jamie Vardy, who opened the scoring after some superb interplay by the home side. Youri Tielemans flashes a pass into the feet of Harvey Barnes, who returns the favour with a flicked touch back into the path of the Belgian. Vardy is eventually found with a neat pass inside, while the finish is typically emphatic into the bottom corner.

Watch Jamie Vardy's goal on YouTube

2. MESSI DEJA VU

Lionel Messi was in outstanding form for Barcelona as they beat Celta 4-1 in the Spanish Primera Division, scoring a dead ball hat-trick. The first came from the penalty spot, whereas the next two were strikingly similar free-kicks scored either side of half-time. Both were around the same distance of around 25 yards, and both were beautifully curled into the top right corner, leaving the goalkeeper without a hope. Even for the second, with Ruben Blanco aware of what the Argentine is planning, he failed to stop it going in.

Watch Lionel Messi's goals on YouTube

1. BEAUTY FROM BARELLA

Inter were toiling at home to Verona on Saturday with the score held at 1-1 with around seven minutes remaining. Step up, Nicolo Barella. The young Italian picks up the ball on the left wing and incisively cuts inside on his right foot before whipping an absolutely glorious strike high into the top right corner from 23 yards, handing the Nerazzurri the 2-1 lead and the subsequent win. Postage stamp.

Watch Nicolo Barella's goals on YouTube

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

⚽Gerard Deulofeu was the best player on the pitch in Watford's win over Norwich on Friday, and opened the scoring with a signature dribble into the penalty area before coolly finishing into the corner. Perhaps misses out on the top five as the defending isn't great.

⚽Ruben Neves doesn't score tap-ins, and he didn't against Aston Villa, with an excellent curled effort into the far corner from outside the box after a smart set-piece from Wolves. He didn't have many opposition tackles flying in to stop him, though.

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