HITC Sport brings you the five best goals from Europe at the weekend…unless you have other ideas.
The weekend has been and gone, so here are the goals we feel were the very best from the weekend’s matches:
Andre-Pierre Gignac for Marseille v AC Ajaccio
Marseille cruised to a 3-1 victory away to relegation-threatened Ajaccio but one man stole all the headlines. Andre-Pierre Gignac’s strike is an early and extremely valid contender for goal-of-the-season.
Taking Kassim Abdallah’s hopeful cross on his chest, Gignac proceeded to wallop a delightful volley past the flailing Ajaccio ‘keeper. It really is a spectacular effort and one that may not be bettered, in Ligue 1 or anywhere else for that matter.
Remy Cabella for Montpellier v Guingamp
That being said, reported Manchester United target Remy Cabella did his best to outdo it.
Running on to a pass from Hilton, the French playmaker curled a first-time effort under the bar from 30 yards out. And with that single flick of his foot, it was clear why David Moyes is reportedly considering an offer for a man once priced – if only for the sake of a few headlines – at £100million.
Cabella’s effort was in vain, as Guingamp equalised from the penalty spot. But it was the second of two outstanding individual goals from France last weekend.
Oscar Wendt for Borussia Monchengladbach v Stuttgart
Borussia Monchengladbach won again this weekend, to creep ever closer to the top three in the Bundesliga. After Raffael had put them ahead, a sublime volley from Oscar Wendt sealed the win.
Controlling a high cut-back in one instant and dispatching it rapier-like past Stuttgart’s Sven Ulreich the next, Wendt netted his third league goal of the season.
Mario Gotze for Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund
Mario Gotze’s opening goal for his new team against his old one may not be in the league of the others on this list, but it is arguably the most important of the lot. And let’s be honest, it isn’t exactly a tap-in.
Collecting the ball just inside the area, the former Dortmund man controlled and hit in an instant, guiding the ball into the corner off his toe. While he refused to celebrate, his effort could prove priceless.
Up until that point, the hosts were looking the better side, and it was only after Gotze’s breakthrough that the match turned in favour of the champions.
Diego Costa for Atletico Madrid v Getafe
Atletico Madrid may have won 7-0 against Getafe, but one goal stood out amid the rest.
Returning from injury, reported Liverpool target Diego Costa came off the bench to net his side’s fifth with an overhead kick.
With strikers – and score-lines – like this, it is no wonder Atletico are currently Barcelona’s closest challengers at the top of La Liga.
What do you think of our choices? And remember, if you see a goal you feel should be included in next week’s selection, let us know via Twitter @hitcsport using the #hitctop5.
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