Perhaps Mario Balotelli deserves extra credit for dramatics since his 86th minute goal Friday against Bologna won the game for Milan, but for level of difficulty, Livorno’s Emerson might edge his on distance alone. From 15 yards inside his team’s attacking half, the Labronici defender put his shot just inside Vlada Avramov’s right post, converting from nearly 40 yards. The sure, why not try just before half time sent the visitors into the dressing rooms up 1-0 en route to a 2-1 win at Cagliari.
Let’s compare it to Balotelli’s, which we talked about here.
Mario’s was hit from a lot closer to the penalty area, but it was also at a sharper angle. You could argue that increases the difficultly, but it also opened up the far post, with goalkeeper Gialuca Cerci playing the angle. After Balotelli got his shot high enough, the dip he put on the ball took advantage of Cerci’s positioning, leaving the keeper with no chance to stop the game-winner.
Emerson’s big disadvantage was the sure time Avramov had to see the ball, and given the defender’s shot wasn’t exactly the harder hit ball in the world, Avramov should have gotten to his right post. But Emerson seemed to time his shot perfectly, taking the goalkeeper by surprise.
As a result, the veteran defender scored one of the best goals of the weekend. Whether it’s better than Balotelli’s, we’ll let you decide.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.