The next installment of a weekly series that showcases the three best goals of the week (plus more if we can’t decide), as decided by yours truly. Or us truly. Us trulies? Ah, by the staff here.
Great sequence of possession by Bologna to stretch the Udinese midfield, playing a few long balls backwards before Danilo finds Adam Nagy, who quickly turns a rifles a pass to Santander. The Paraguayan forward has his back to goal with no space as he is smothered by William Troost-Ekong, and lays it off to Mattias Svanberg. The layoff causes the release by the defender as he slides towards the new ball holder, and Santander rotates to create space and face the net. The Swedish midfielder slides the ball back to the center forward, who takes one touch and smashes the ball off the crossbar and in. Scuffet’s ears are still ringing from the sound of ball meeting woodwork.
A beautiful strike for the first-time goal scorer, Samu Castillejo. Floating entirely unmarked outside the box, he receives a clean pass around two slow moving defenders from Hakan Calhanoglu, which he softly touches once towards the box to set up the strike, and then curls a shot around Marlon, and into the far-side netting past a diving Andrea Consigli. The intensity in the celebration is a 9/10 as well.
I don’t know how many times we can watch a player from Roma score on a backheel before we become desensitized to it, but I think we have a least a few more. In the dying minutes of the first half in a tough and scoreless game against city rivals Lazio, defender Davide Santon launches an 80 yard ball forward, roughly outside the box, where it is met by the head of Edin Dzeko - who heads it further into the box with the purpose of trying to sneak it through the Lazio back three. It manages to elude the reaches of Francesco Acerbi and Luis Felipe, and Roma winger Stephan El-Shaarawy makes a central run to try to poke it around the onrushing Thomas Strakosha, ultimately ending up colliding and negating each other. The ball falls for Lorenzo Pellegrini, who initially mishits it, creating an awkward situation with his back to goal, before he tees up Roma’s third backheel goal of the season.
2-0 Milan (4-1 Victory over Sassuolo)
There has been quite a lot of chatter about Suso and his inability to score this season, it seems. Well now we can lay that chatter to rest, as the young Spaniard scores a stunner and what would eventually be the game winner. The play starts with the ball at the feet of Giacomo Bonaventura, deep in his own end on the near side, before changes the field with a 60 yard drive forward and into the path of the eventual goal scorer. With Gian Marco Ferrari breathing down his neck, Suso cuts and turns back onto his left foot - which everyone expects him to do, because he always does, except for his defenders. The hard turn causes enough separation to look up, step towards the corner of the box and finish with a curving ball into the far top corner in a way that only Suso knows how to do. It’s sort of like the Del Piero Zone, but better, ya know? Andrea Consigli has no chance, even if you cloned him and had both of them manning the net.
Bonus: Let’s go for the hat-trick. Here’s Franck Kessie’s box to box run eluding the entire Sassuolo midfield before tucking a shot into the near corner, and getting Milan on the board first.