Xabi Alonso’s first goal for Bayern was genius


Xabi Alonso has been dazzling for Bayern Munich this season, bossing the midfield almost immediately since coming over from Real Madrid. He leads the Bundesliga in touches per game and broke the all-time records for most in one game with 204 touches against Cologne. He was similarly dominant on Saturday:

The one thing he hadn’t done yet was score, but that changed Saturday. Alonso opened his Bayern account in brilliant fashion, duping the Werder Bremen wall with a low free kick after two dummy runs by his teammates.

The goal put Bayern up 2-0 on struggling Werder. They would eventually win out 6-0.

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Lyon’s Clement Grenier scores no-look volley against Real Madrid

Do preseason goals count when we tally up FIFA goal of the year candidates? Because this one needs to make the list.

Olympique Lyon's Clement Grenier scored this golazo in Wednesday's friendly against Real Madrid without even looking at the net. The 22-year old French international, who scored seven Ligue 1 goals last season for Lyon, struck home a cross from Alexandre Lacazette with the inside of his right foot, while cheekily looking the other way. Showboating at its finest!

The only thing cooler than the goal is his casual celebration. We have a feeling if this was in a Champions League match, everyone - the media included - would be going crazy over this.  Alas, that’s the preseason for you.