Apologies that I haven’t managed to get round to updating the page this week, missing out my usual Friday hot topic, I’ll be sure to get back on it for next weekend.
I’ve had quite a few suggestions for goals to include in this weeks poll via Twitter and such, so keep them coming at @Obagoal9 and I’ll see if they’re worth including in the poll. Obviously, I can’t view/choose every strike, so I’ve narrowed it down to these beauties:
A. Sebastian Coates vs. QPR – All too often in football we hear the same tired old clichés in commentary and the press, but the one “he’ll never score a better goal than that in his career” probably rings true for the Uruguayan. Coates’s extravagant bicycle kick will be a bitter sweet moment, opening the scoring in his sides humiliating 3-2 loss to Queens Park.
B. Mirko Vucinic vs. AC Milan – Vucinic’s long range drive was as important as it was spectacular. The Montenegrin forward blasted home an extra time winner for well outside the box, with the ball moving all over the place, to put Juventus through to the Coppa Italia final, as the Old Lady look to win the competition for the first time since 1995. The goal also helped Juventus remain unbeaten so far this season. Astonishing.
C. Mikel Arteta vs. Aston Villa – With the game already won, Mikel Arteta fired this arrow of a free-kick passed a helpless Shay Given in the 92nd minute of the match. The Spaniard couldn’t have caught this strike much better, a goal which reminds me massively of one Given conceded for Newcastle against Manchester City a few seasons ago, Elano the scorer that day.
D. Peter Crouch vs. Manchester City – Probably Match of the Day’s favourite goal of all time. The joke of playing it every five minutes during last night’s show grew very wearisome. That being said, Crouch’s volley against the title chasing City was phenomenal. Pick it out.
E. Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Villarreal – So this goal is all about the link up play, and especially the sexy assist from Mesut Ozil. The bug eyed Germany international smoothly back-heel’s Ronaldo’s pass straight back into the path of the goalmachine, who waltz’s around the ‘keeper and rolls the ball into an empty net.
F. Garath McCleary vs. Leeds United – It’s tough to choose between this strike from McCleary and Adlène Guedioura’s fine opener for Nottingham Forest in this game against Leeds. I’ve opted for McCleary’s strike from a tight angle, on the bounce to give Forest a 4-3 lead at the time (1:20 on the video). The fact that McCleary went on to net four in this game probably just about justify’s his place in the line up – but watch the whole video and you’ll see there were some quality strikes.
G. Lucas Licht vs. Patronato – Everyone loves an audacious effort, and they don’t come much more audacious than this from Racing Club’s Lucas Licht. The full-back runs onto a loose pass to intercept the ball, and instead of controlling, lets rip from just inside the opposition’s half, catching out the Patronato goalkeeper, and looping into the goal. Excellent.
So there we have it. Now it’s up to you to decide who wins. I realise I’ve included more strikes than normal, but it’s just been one of those weeks. There was a few that just missed out – Papiss Cisse for the second week running, Yaya Toure, Joan Tomas and for the ‘Boro fans out there – Bart Ogbeche’s late equaliser against West Ham in the week. Vote’s in the poll and comments on the page/site in general are all appreciated.