Newly-promoted Paderborn continue to stir up the Bundesliga with good results and even better goals in their debut season.
Last month, Moritz Stoppelkamp broke a league record with a goal from 80 yards (!) out, and, on Sunday, Marvin Ducksch put away this tidy finish to help Paderborn to a 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt:
Tipped by most experts to finish in last place before the season, Paderborn have instead lost just two of their first eight games — and those defeats were to first-placed Bayern and second-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach — to put them securely in the top half of the table. With a few more golazos, the surprise team of the season might even stay there.
Bitter rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce were deadlocked at 0-0 in the final minutes of Saturday’s Super Lig bout when Wesley Sneijder decided to TURN UP.
In the 88th minute, the Dutch international decided to let it fly from a good 25 yards and buried his screamer into the top corner for the Galatasaray lead:
And because it worked out so well the first time, Sneijder unleashed another worldie just two minutes later to make it 2-0:
Hey defense, how about someone steps up on that guy?
Fenerbahce pegged one back in injury time, but it was too little too late (and too much Sneijder) to prevent Galatasaray’s win.
You know, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder whom Real Madrid bought for $38 million two summers ago only to become the world’s most expensive bench-warmer?
Yeah, that guy apparently still knows how to play football, judging from this video from a recent Spain practice:
We wouldn’t be surprised if this tape shows up “anonymously” at Carlo Ancelotti’s doorstep today.
Inter Milan had ambitious goals for the new season, but their poor form continued this weekend with a loss at Fiorentina.
Khouma Babacar started the fireworks in the seventh minute with this audacious long-range strike:
And because it is so fun to score on Inter right now, La Viola teammate Juan Cuadrado added a second golazo just 12 minutes later:
Inter would concede a third, less spectacular goal in the second half to drop their second match in a row. They currently sit in 10th place in Serie A, already ten points behind first-place Juventus.
Fiorentina, meanwhile, jumped Inter in the tables for 9th, putting an end to their own slow start.
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Marco Pappa chipped in a lovely goal during the Seattle Sounders’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids, but it was teammate Clint Dempsey’s cheeky set-up that was the real highlight on the play.
Backheel assists are special enough, but Deuce’s was extra special. A Zidane Turn - Backheel pass hybrid. Brilliant stuff.
Juventus and Roma, Serie A’s top two undefeated teams, clashed on Sunday in what proved to be a wild spectacle. The first half ended 2-2 after three penalty kicks were awarded and converted. In the second, both sides were desperate to find a winner to gain some separation at the summit.
That’s when, in the 86th minute, Leonardo Bonucci showed up:
We’re starting to sound like a broken record, but Robbie Keane is scoring ridiculous goals again.
Keane goes for power and precision this time with a clean side-footed volley into the bottom corner. Nuts.
He then proceeds to bust out the “Russell Crowe in Gladiator” pose:
Are you not entertained?
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Bad news, Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski is starting to find his scoring touch again.
After netting just twice in his first eight games as a Bayern Munich player, the 26-year-old bagged his first brace for his new club in a 4-0 win over Hannover.
His second goal was of particularly high quality. Lewandowski took down a perfect Xherdan Shaqiri cross with a wonderful first touch in stride, then slotted home coolly past goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. It’s the kind of goal that will give Bayern fans hope Lewandowski is finally about to break out.
The rest of the league will be less enthusiastic.
Dutch side Feyenoord allegedly scored a very controversial goal off a throw-in during Thursday’s Europa League clash against Standard Liege.
Sven van Beek was officially credited with the goal, but it’s tough to tell whether or not he got a definitive touch on the ball. From our angle, it looks as though Miquel Nelom’s throw-in didn’t touch anyone before bouncing off the ground and over goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima’s head. Per FIFA rules, that would be an illegal goal:
However, the goal stood and gave Feyenoord a 1-0 lead. The Dutch went on to win the Group G bout by a singe goal, 2-1, so needless to say the decision proved very decisive.
So what do you think? Was it a goal? Or should it not have counted?
H/T Daily Mail
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