The top five goals in Europe: Including Chelsea target and Southampton striker

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Players from Southampton, Guingamp, Preston North End, AC Milan and Borussia Monchengladbach all feature, including an ex-Manchester City man.

The weekend brought another collection of outstanding strikes and here are our top five:

Dani Osvaldo for Southampton v Manchester City

Three weeks in to our new feature and this is the first time a Premier League player has made the list. But Dani Osvaldo’s equalising goal for Southampton against Manchester City cannot be ignored.

Appearing to be little goal-threat, and with no teammates anywhere near him, Osvaldo bamboozled Vincent Kompany, avoided the challenge of Pablo Zabaleta and curled a sublime effort into the far corner.

It was a goal out of nothing, and one that announces the summer signing’s settling in period is well and truly over.

See the goal - over and over again - here: GIF: Dani Osvaldo's breathtaking equaliser for Southampton

Mario Balotelli for AC Milan v Livorno

Former Manchester City striker and reported Chelsea target Mario Balotelli scored both Milan’s goals in a 2-2 draw against Serie A strugglers Livorno. But while his first was a scrappy effort, his second was outstanding – an 83rd-minute free-kick that rescued a point for the visitors.

Walloping it right-footed from well outside the area, the Italian striker curled the ball out of the reach of Livorno ‘keeper Francesco Bardi.

Raffael for Borussia Monchengladbach v Schalke

Borussia Monchengladbach secured their sixth straight victory on Saturday, winning 2-1 at home to Schalke. The visitors took the lead before Raffael equalised with a fantastic effort.

Running unchallenged towards goal, he then let rip with a curling strike that flew into the top corner.

That was the kick-start his side needed and they would go on to score a second courtesy of Max Kruse.

Younousse Sankhare for Guingamp v Valenciennes

Trailing with just 20 minutes to go, French side Guingamp needed something special to avoid slipping to an unlikely defeat to struggling Valenciennes. And they got just that when some lovely approach play ended in Younousse Sankhare volleying home.

This one is here more for the build-up than the end result, but Sankhare also gets extra kudos for nut-megging the ‘keeper.

Kevin Davies for Preston North End v Wycombe Wanderers

Yes, that Kevin Davies.

The 36-year-old former Bolton man scored arguably the best of the lot this weekend, in Preston’s FA Cup tie away to Wycombe.

Wide on the right, he ran on to a flick-on to volley it first time into the net. Considering his options in an instant, and with marvellous technique, the former England international struck an absolute beauty.

After the match, Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth called it a world-class strike, and few would disagree.

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