Newcastle United’s bid to beat another Premier League giant on the road is off to a good start.
The Magpies took an eighth minute lead over Liverpool on a sensational goal from Jetro Willems.
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The Eintracht Frankfurt loanee’s shot earned a fitting descriptor on the NBCSN broadcast: Piledriver.
Christian Atsu continued his fine early season form by settling a long ball over the top and spotting Willems run down the left flank.
Willems shook Trent Alexander-Arnold and then stepped over the ball before crushing it past a flying Adrian.
Mexican striker Raul Jimenez continued his outstanding debut Premier League season with a goal that may just ensure Wolves’ place in the FA Cup Final against Manchester City.
The celebration was pretty great as well, as Jimenez emphasized his 16th goal in all competitions with a lucha libre mask.
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A Matt Doherty goal has Wolves up 1-0 on Sunday at Wembley Stadium when Jimenez found himself in a mass of humanity awaiting a cross.
That’s when Jimenez leapt and chested a cross into position for an airborne volley past Gomes.
It was magnificent, and the 27-year-old El Tri striker was ready with his mask.
And now we take a quick trip to Japan, where Andres Iniesta is developing his wine business and OH… MY… GOODNESS.
The Barcelona legend, 34, scored a wonderful goal off a silky turn for his new club Vissel Kobe on Saturday.
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Iniesta starts the play at midfield and then runs 50 yards seemingly unnoticed to get on the end of a terrific ball.
He then turns it with barely a touch, spinning to work his way into a familiar scoring position.
With his team facing defeat, Vasco de Gama’s 19-year-old substitute Evander came to the rescue.
The former Brazil Under-17s striker fired an absolute rocket from more than 35 yards to tie their game with Santos at 1-1. Vasco went on to win with a goal from Nene in the third minute of second half stoppage time.
Evander’s goal was the first in his career in the Brazilian Serie A. Take a look at it below.
There’s a danger in observing Lionel Messi on a week-by-week basis, and it has a lot to do with how he makes greatness look routine.
So while it’s easy to dismiss yet another mazy dribble through a defense, one of those “Frogger” style with calm-but-vicious cutbacks, try to consider everything that goes into Messi’s second goal against Osasuna early Saturday.
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On first look, you might count 9 touches for Messi starting with his right-footed collection of the ball. But move to the slow motion replays, and recognize the truth: Often Messi is letting the ball do the work for him, essentially moving the duo closer to goal while he used his preferred left foot as a must-respect threat.
That he does it in such traffic and at full speed is incredible. It’s literally one of those goals in which a linguistic luminary like Ray Hudson would have trouble over-emphasizing the greatness.
Messi now has 11 La Liga goals in 12 matches, and 22 in 19 overall.