10 things we loved this weekend: Zlatan, Alonso, Cavani, Salford…
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.
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.
— Joe (@JMarchisello) March 23, 2018
Missing a penalty is pretty bad. Getting sent off less than a minute later is even worse. Fair play.
The Spaniard had a brilliant game for Bayern in a legends game at Anfield. The trouble was, he played the first half for Liverpool.
Uruguay beat the Czech Republic 2-0 on Friday, partially thanks to this stunner from Cavani.
Edinson Cavani's spectacular bicycle kick goal against Czech Republic 😱 pic.twitter.com/9RZBwXMcYq
— Urban Football (@urbanfootie) March 23, 2018
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.
⏱ 80' – Kidderminster 4-0 Salford
👏 Goals from all three substitutes.. Josh Askew, Nick Haughton and Mani Dieseruvwe!
🙌 Tom Walker completed the comeback by scoring with the final kick of the match!
⏱ 90+6' – Kidderminster 4-4 Salford pic.twitter.com/C7Lu7zeS8q
— Salford City FC (@SalfordCityFC) March 26, 2018
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”.
"Los Angeles, welcome to Zlatan Ibrahimović"
Posted by Planet Football on Saturday, 24 March 2018
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.
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.
💪 He played a full game for the Republic of Ireland in Turkey last night and it has taken two flights for him to get here but it hasn't stopped Colin Doyle being in the starting line-up for the Bantams this afternoon. ✈️🇹🇷➡️🇮🇪➡️🏴
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) March 24, 2018
The Bosnian Under-17 international did this against Austria. What a strike.
Great goal by Ajdin Hasić for Bosnia and Herzegovina U17 vs Austria U17 pic.twitter.com/HWx8ra1vMM
— Amarildo (@AmarildoB98) March 24, 2018