Reversals, free kicks, but also phenomenal assists in the review of the best goals seen on Sky this weekend
Richarlison’s overhead kick
Everton are not doing well after they lost a lot to Norwich and Rafa Benitez was sacked. The Liverpool club are fourth from bottom with just six points from the relegation zone, but with some optimism they can still see a little light at the end of the tunnel. More precisely, a light that has platinum hair and that, under the noise generated by the great Premier League strikers, continues to score with good continuity. Richarlison may not have the speed of Salah, the completeness of Kane or the mischief of Vardy, but even in a difficult season due to injuries it continues to be the only good news of a team mired in its eternal greyness. Maybe it’s not the first goal that will come to mind in the next few years just for the moment it arrived, but how many times do you happen to see such a plastic overhead kick in the middle of an area full of people? And then the perfection of the trajectory, which mockingly overtakes the goalkeeper who remained halfway from the previous one and also greets the defender who had put himself on the line desperately from above. Upon reviewing it, it seems plausible that Richarlison did not jump, and indeed coordinated for the overhead kick practically from a standstill, precisely to give the ball this trajectory from a boulder launched with the catapult. If this were the case, it would be necessary to peel your hands for the applause, even more than for the mere beauty of the technical gesture.
Ward-Prowse’s Deceptive Punishment
Another beautiful goal arrived in a game with little history: it’s okay that nothing comes from diamonds but perhaps in the Premier League they are exaggerating. In any case it is rare to see a free kick scored from that distance, and it is even more rare to see a shot coming out on the keeper’s side. Ward-Prowse succeeds in doing both. Certainly José Sà put some of him into it, but reviewing the replay from behind you can better understand the genius that makes the Portuguese goalkeeper pass for a poor fool. In fact, Ward-Prowse coordinates as if he wanted to shoot an inside turn over the barrier inviting the opposing goalkeeper to take a step towards the furthest post but at the last moment, instead of actually hitting it in that way, he slides the tip of the foot under the ball like a knife to hit him with the outside neck. The ball follows the same illusionistic trick: first it seems to want to curl up on itself to go to the near post and instead, once past the barrier, it starts spinning in the opposite direction, as in Holly & Benji. I know you are dying to blame the goalkeeper, but these are the goals where you can’t help but stand up and applaud.
Cengiz Under now also scores with his right foot
Lille and Olympique Marseille drew one by one, confirming themselves as two of the most ambiguous teams in Ligue 1, the ones with the most fluctuating performance. On the other hand Cengiz Under has learned to shoot right apparently, as he scored his sixth goal in thirteen league games (not a few) with this shot at the far post of the right interior, he who is left-handed and seemed to know only shoot with the left-handed.
He recently stated that his dream was to stay in Marseille, where he mainly went to play for Sampaoli. He is there on loan, but the ransom from Rome is now almost certain.
Seko Fofana’s winning ambition
Do you remember Seko Fofana? After a great season with Udinese, thanks to which he had attracted the attention of several teams, he had decided to go to Lens, a team in the lower ranks of Ligue 1. It seemed like a strange life choice, but it is less so to see it. now with the captain’s armband on his arm and the charisma of the best players. Fofana has never been a football artist, he doesn’t play like he’s on a cloud, but he’s an ambitious midfielder who isn’t afraid to try hard things too. Here he receives on the outside, at minute 94 of a game stopped at 1 to 1. The area is filled with teammates and opponents and he could limit himself to a last desperate cross, as is often done in these circumstances, especially for a football player in an area of the court where he shouldn’t be comfortable. Fofana, on the other hand, arches his shoulders, lowers his head, returns to the right and in a fraction of a second manages to launch a powerful shot, also raising the parabola to make every effort of the goalkeeper in vain. It is the winning goal, at the last breath, an ambitious and spectacular goal.
Goals from Marsura, thanks to Masucci
Ok, we’re here to talk about goals, but could we ignore Gaetano Masucci’s double play? A chest control between three opponents, a dribble on the spot to disorient them and then a heel pass to push the action forward: something like this is not seen every day. But it is not the only one. Masucci receives the return pass on the wing and does not even need to stop or think: at first, by widening the plate, he puts a perfect ball between the defense of Frosinone who is running back and the goalkeeper, where Marsura can dine. Two games that demonstrate a unique sensitivity, one that many do not have, not even at higher levels. Masucci has spent his entire career between B and C and now dreams, at the age of 37, of finally reaching A with his Pisa also thanks to plays like this.
Fabio Maistro and the hot foot
A few minutes before this goal, Fabio Maistro had scored with a free-kick that the goalkeeper was unable to remove from the goal. In the second half, again from his strong and precise punishment, the goal that closes the match against Ternana will come. Yesterday, in short, Maistro’s right foot was particularly hot, and he must have noticed it. When he receives the ball he knows perfectly well what he must do: the defense does not close him with enough conviction and he can take aim. The result is exceptional: his shot is not the classic “shooting around”; he hits the ball almost from underneath, a strange trajectory comes out of it, it almost seems to float before slipping into the corner of the Ternana goal. Somehow he remembers those free-kicks that Cristiano Ronaldo once kicked, which managed to be strong and full of effect at the same time.
Tolisso fine, but what the hell did Muller do?
How many ways can an assist be served? If you thought you knew them all, well, you probably haven’t seen Thomas Muller’s latest yet. What the hell are we supposed to call this kind of blind toe-toe back pass? It almost seems to trivialize it with a name. Ok, this is a column that rewards goals and even Tolisso’s winning shot is not bad: it seems the most banal thing in the world because the French midfielder makes her look like one, but find yourself another footballer who controls the ball with that sensitivity having three men on, and then putting the ball under the farthest seven with the external neck in rebound. But the most incredible thing about this goal, it is useless to deny it, is the assist. Something we’ve simply never seen before – an inverted lob? A sombrero in reverse? – as we have never seen a player able to create games in this way before. There are the numbers ten, the players with their eyes behind their heads, those who would know how to put their mate in front of the goal even blindfolded, the cheats, the attacking midfielders with their socks down, and then there is Thomas Muller.