The first 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.
Just as he had been doing all day, Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gomez - who was by and away the player of the week for Match Day 1 - plays puppeteer by pulling all the offensive strings for Atalanta. He would end the day with a brace and two assists, but here we see the first helper coming after a series of quick cuts creates enough space to send a looping cross across the box to an unmarked Hans Hateboer who doesn’t wait for the ball to touch the ground before hammering it short-side over Marco Sportiello.
1-0 SPAL (1-0 Victory over Bologna)
Sometimes all it takes is a moment of brilliance to decide a match, and Slovenian international Jasmin Kurtic certainly had a moment to spare. A quick lateral side-step around a Bologna defender creates enough space to accelerate momentarily before unleashing a rocket from about 30 yards, kissing the far post before crossing the line and leaving Lukasz Skorupski wondering what just happened.
A strong contender for the top spot, Ciro Immobile opens his personal account early on with a dazzling sequence. Each part of the goal better than the next - showcasing his breakaway speed to cut through the defense away from the ball, his technical ability to simultaneously receive Franco Acerbi’s 60 meter lob and cut back and wrong-foot THREE Napoli defenders - Mario Rui, Kalidou Koulibaly and Raul Albiol - with the inside of his trailing foot on the half-volley, and then his lethal finishing ability with a curving ball whipped inside the far post over the diving Orestes Karnezis. Well worth the run-on sentence.
How do we top that previous one? Well this one features a joint effort of tremendous technique. The play begins with new recruit Justin Kluivert chipping a ball to himself through two Torino defenders to create some space for himself outside the box on the right. With Nicolas N’Koulou bearing down, he quickly steps over and pushes the ball - in what honestly seems too far a distance to then get to - towards the goal line. A quick burst of speed allows him to get to the ball first and send a lofty cross to a wide open Edin Dzeko, who wastes no time in firing a full-volley across his body into the far side netting over a diving (and definitely surprised) Salvatore Sirigu. Oh, and in the 89th minute to seal the victory. Worthy of the yellow card celebration. You do you, Edin.
Bonus: My favorite goal was scored by Domenico Berardi, putting away the penalty in what would be the only goal in a match that would inevitably make sure that Inter Milan start the season with ZERO points.
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