10 things we loved this weekend: Ibrahimovic, Gomes, Soldado & more
Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned for Manchester United with typical swagger in a weekend which was filled with stunning goals – and terrible howlers.
You certainly won’t have heard of the player, or perhaps even the team he plays for, but Alvechurch’s Danny Dubidat will stick in our memories after this.
His 14th goal of the season, earning a 3-2 win in the 86th minute and sending his side up to second in the Evo-Stik South, was absolutely wonderful. Take a bow son.
— Alvechurch TV (@AlvechurchTV) November 18, 2017
On-loan Preston striker Eoin Doyle has been in sensational form as Oldham Athletic storm up the League One table, and he netted his 11th goal in 12 appearances this season in unstoppable fashion.
You just can’t beat a good volley, can you?
— PB (@pbfl81) November 18, 2017
The Watford goalkeeper has certainly had his shaky moments over the years, but this double save just before half-time in Saturday’s victory over West Ham is a pleasure to watch – and gets better each time.
On the flip side…
This just gets worse every time you watch it.
It seems the two goalkeepers, Robbin Ruiter and Jordan Archer, were on a mission to outdo each other in Sunderland’s 2-2 draw with Millwall, albeit in completely the wrong fashion.
The Soccer Saturday team’s reactions are wonderful.
Absolutely phenomenal goalkeeping in the Sunderland v Millwall game today! 😂 pic.twitter.com/uJ0arrB9Fq
— Tom Carnduff (@TomC_22) November 18, 2017
There’s something about long long range goals this weekend, after Olly Lee’s best Xabi Alonso impersonation for Luton on Saturday, and here’s an equally spectacular effort from Romulo Otero, netting in a 3-0 victory for Atletico Mineiro against Coritiba in Brazil.
On the flip side…
Not really sure what to say about this. This effort from Fantaky Dabo is spectacular for all the wrong reasons, as he helped Gronigen get on their way to a 4-2 victory… against his own Vitesse side.
Perhaps the ‘keeper could do a bit better though.
After his torrid time at Spurs came to an end, Soldado has worked his way to Turkey and Fenerbahce.
He hadn’t scored this term before this weekend, but this rather entertaining goal was the first of three for the Spaniard as his side defeated Sivasspor 4-1.
Cover your eyes now
If you want to see something really impressive from this weekend, check out Neil Maupay’s effort for Brentford at Cardiff.
Warning: if you’re squeamish, look away now.
Teenager Josip Brekalo introduced himself to the Bundesliga on Friday night with his first goal in the German top flight.
The on-loan Wolfsburg man sprinted away on the break and struck a low effort through not one pair of legs, but two.
It also helped his recently-promoted Stuttgart side to a surprise 2-1 victory over Dortmund.
Guess who’s back
Manchester United were cruising to victory against Newcastle on Saturday evening, so what better moment to give some game time to someone returning from injury.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench, and he had to try something special.