USL side FC Cincinnati hasn't even played a proper competitive match yet, but that hasn't stopped them from scoring an absolute worldie. In a friendly match against Icelandic side KR Reykjavik, a long ball was cleared only as far as Corben Bone (yes, that is his real name), who took it on the volley first time. The end result? Let's just say that Reykjavik were totally boned. Sorry, that was bad.
14 touches; two goals; three assists. Talk about clinical. Valencia smashed Rapid Wien six-nil in the Europa League, and to say that youngster Santi Mina was on fire is akin to saying that Donald Trump is a little offputting.
35 years old is a heck of an age for a professional footballer to be. It’s old, in the world of football at least, but at the same time it’s really not. No one in their right minds would look at a 35-year-old and say they are past it outside of the world of sports. It’s a cut throat young man’s game, always has been, always will be. That’s why when 35 year-old Aritz Aduriz’s best goals of 2016 look like this, it’s a big deal.
First was this bicycle kick against Eibar back in January.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Ronaldo and Real Madrid were having a really, really bad time. Under Rafa Benitez, they seemed to have lost every single game that mattered and, as unfair as the perception might have been, it led to Benitez getting sacked. Real Madrid appointed the unproven Zinedine Zidane as manager, and few people felt confident that he could lead Madrid to the treble. But, don’t look away now. Real Madrid just won a game that really matters, against a team that’s really good, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored a throwback goal in the process.
OK, so the headline was a little misleading. The player who scored this ridiculous free kick curve goal isn't actually named Harry. His name is Faiz Subri. Harry isn't a super-common name over in Malaysia.
He is a wizard though. Just watch.
Free Kick Curve Goal
Meanwhile, in Malaysia. pic.twitter.com/hYz7qAjPpZ
Six-one down with less than half an hour to go. That's what confronted Queensland NPL team Gold Coast City in their match against Holland Park Hawks. Most teams would completely capitulate. They would collapse like a budget themepark, fold like a cocktail napkin, wither away like my ill-fated flower garden, and probably some other similes as well. But not this team. This team was about to mount a great comeback.
The Champions League is back and produced a number of highlight quality goals. Chelsea traveled to Paris to take on Ligue 1 leading Paris St. Germain, while Benfica hosted Zenit St. Petersburg.
The goal of the day goes to Edison Cavani and his game winner. El Matador caught the Chelsea defense sleeping as his run left him 1-on-1 with Chelsea keeper, Thibaut Courtois. Angel Di Maria sent a long ball to Cavani who trapped it down and slotted it through the legs of the lengthy Chelsea keeper from a tough angle. Cavani's 78th minute goal will be crucial for the away leg in London.
What a fantastic weekend of soccer. So many brilliant goals, so many talking points. We compiled a list of ten of the best moments from the weekend, in no particular order.
10. Dutch club walks out with lingerie models instead of kids.
Today, when we think of Ronaldo scoring we think of Ronaldo’s trademark celebration, in which he jumps, spins, and goes super saiyan. He does it nearly every time he scores, and he has made it his trademark. People across the world mimic it, even professional athletes in other sports like Odell Beckham Jr. But, this was not the first original celebration that Ronaldo invented.
Henrik Larsson’s diving header against Bulgaria was voted the Euro 2004 goal of the tournament. Robin van Persie’s similar golazo finished second at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, losing out to eventual Puskas Award winner James Rodriguez’s ridiculous volley against Uruguay.