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.
So I am a little torn here, since this was a tremendous free kick from the Rossoblu goalscorer Nicolo Barella regardless of the fact that it seems to be slightly deflected. The setup is rather innocuous - Marco Sau does well to receive a long header as he brings the ball to ground and he tries to split the Atalanta defense pair Hans Hateboer and Berat Djimitsi, who is given a yellow card for the ensuing foul. However the ball is outside the box, on the wide left with seemingly not a great angle to put the ball directly on the face of goal. Barella begs to differ and unloads a heavy shot that gently skips off the head of Mario Pasalic. But, is it the brief touch enough to ensure that it evades the outstretched hands of Etrit Berisha, or is it a ball struck well enough to find goal regardless? I’m in the camp of the latter, hence why it’s on this list. If it went in clean, it would’ve been higher on this list, for sure. But either way, a powerful and surprising shot from a sharp angle right before halftime that would prove to be the difference in a tightly contested game.
Three games in, and Blaise Matuidi has more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo - but then again, so does Leonardo Bonucci. But for his first goal of the season (and hopefully his last), it was a nifty one. All in the set up, Alex Sandro splits two Parma defenders with a pass into the box and into the opposite facing Mario Mandzukic. The Croatian does very well to pull a pseudo-Cruyff with a deft behind the back, inside of the foot pass into space for Matuidi to finish - and a pretty good finish too, as he lifts the ball over the hands of Luigi Sepe but under the crossbar from the corner of the six yard box. The Ronaldo goal drought continues. Juventus keeps winning, which is easy when they own the officiating. Just give them the title already.
1-0 Inter (3-0 Victory over Bologna)
Yawn. Short pass from Keita to Gagliardini. Pass out to the right side of the box to Politano. Cutting pass inside to Nainggolan. First touch elevates the ball, second touch is a full volley into the far corner. Honestly, Skorupski didn’t have a chance. The defense looked like they were standing still, and they probably were because it’s Bologna. Great individual bit of skill from the on-again/off-again Belgian international. Just watch the video, I don’t want to write about Inter.
Thank you, Fabio Quagliarella for scoring the best goal of the week and inevitably saving this article from what would’ve been a top goal from the Nerazzuri. And honestly, for maybe for scoring the best goal we’ll see this year, from a pure skill point of view. If you’re reading this before you watch the video, then please STOP and come back after viewing. I mean seriously, I even insert the clip at the appropriate time so you don’t have to skim around. Are you watching the video now? Okay good, welcome back. No commentary necessary, but I’ll give the skinny - botched free kick from Gaston Ramirez as it hits the wall and bounces back to him with enough space to poke the ball out wide to Bartosz Bereszynski (my spelling game is great, you guys). The young Polish international drives a cross across the box to an opposite facing Fabio Quagliarella, who literally jumps and backheels the ball full-volley into the far corner from twelve yards out. No celebration needed, as he fully knows he added yet another insanely skillful goal to his personal collection. What. A. Goal.
Bonus: My favorite goal was scored by none other than Patrick Cutrone, who runs onto a pass from Gonzalo Higuain, which splits the Roma defense and victimizes all of Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Daniele De Rossi, and Steven N’Zonzi - whose turnover in the dying stages of this game literally cost Roma the draw. Cutrone makes no mistake as he slots the ball into the far corner around the hands of Robin Olsen. This would be the goal that ensures AC Milan come out of this incredibly entertaining match with ALL three points, and deservedly so, as well as their first victory of the season. Avanti, ragazzi.
What were your thoughts? Did I get this all wrong (spoiler: I didn’t)? Leave your comments and criticisms below!