10 things we loved this weekend: Zlatan, Alonso, Cavani, Salford…

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It may be the international break, but that didn’t stop former Liverpool and Manchester United men catching our eye over the weekend.

While England were busy claiming their first win over Holland in 20 years, there were some pieces of individual brilliance around the world, and matches in the Football League and non-league continued as usual.

Late goals were a common theme, with one international side picking up their first ever home win thanks to an 88th-minute strike, while there was an absolutely outstanding comeback from the Class of 92’s Salford City.

Here’s our pick of the action from the last few days.

Marco Veratti

Some brilliant skill from the PSG midfielder saw him start a counter attack from virtually his own goal-line. Just imagine if John Stones tried this.

Alex Mowatt

Missing a penalty is pretty bad. Getting sent off less than a minute later is even worse. Fair play.

Xabi Alonso

The Spaniard had a brilliant game for Bayern in a legends game at Anfield. The trouble was, he played the first half for Liverpool.

WATCH: Xabi Alonso makes howler for LFC Legends then scores for Bayern

Edinson Cavani

Uruguay beat the Czech Republic 2-0 on Friday, partially thanks to this stunner from Cavani.

Salford City

In the midst of all the international fixtures, non-league clubs got on with it, and those at Kidderminster’s Aggborough got a real treat. Well, some of them.

The home side were 4-0 up and sailing to victory against the Class of 92’s club, who have led National League North for the majority of the season.

However, with 10 minutes left, the visitors pulled one back before getting another on 88 minutes and following that up with two goals in stoppage time to round off an utterly incredible comeback.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Not content with his newspaper advert, LA Galaxy and Ibra created this brilliant video to announce his signing, with the slogan “Los Angeles, welcome to Zlatan”.

Welcome to Zlatan

"Los Angeles, welcome to Zlatan Ibrahimović"

Posted by Planet Football on Saturday, 24 March 2018

Gilbraltar

Notts County’s Liam Walker scored a deflected free-kick in the 88th minute against Latvia to hand Gibraltar only their second ever win, and their first at home.

David De Gea & Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

The pair of world-class goalkeepers were in direct competition on Friday night as Germany hosted Spain, and both made a number of top-drawer saves – with two coming in the same passage of play.

WATCH: Ter Stegen and De Gea make brilliant saves in same passage of play

Colin Doyle

Long gone are the days where football matches were scheduled 24 hours apart, but nothing was stopping Bradford City’s goalkeeper this weekend.

Doyle made his first senior Ireland appearance in 11 years as Martin O’Neill’s side lost 1-0 in Turkey on Friday, before the stopper hopped on two flights and travelled over 2,500 miles to make it back in time for Bradford’s home match with Gillingham.

It was all worth it, as Doyle kept a clean sheet in his side’s first win since New Year’s Day.

Ajdin Hasic

The Bosnian Under-17 international did this against Austria. What a strike.


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