11 things we loved this weekend: De Bruyne, De Gea, Gallagher & more
David De Gea single-handedly keeping Arsenal out, some interesting goings on at Manchester City and Kevin De Bruyne just being Kevin De Bruyne. Here’s what grabbed our attention this weekend.
Where better to start?
Without a point in their 14-game Serie A history, Benevento hosted AC Milan in Gennaro Gattuso’s first game in charge.
2-1 down in the fifth minute of injury time, goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli comes up for a free-kick and produces a stunning header to earn his side a share of the spoils, becoming the first goalkeeper to score in Serie A since Massimo Taibi 16 years ago.
Gattuso’s reaction? “It burns, it hurts, it would have been preferable to be stabbed.”
😱 ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE, WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE SEEN IT ALL… 😱
😮 INJURY TIME, GOALKEEPER DIVING HEADER EQUALISER 😮
Sensational drama at Benevento 👏 pic.twitter.com/3q7qVYbvYU
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) December 3, 2017
Just one year on from the tragic plane crash which killed 71 people, including 19 Chapecoense players, the Brazilian club earned an eighth-placed finish in the Brazilian Serie A.
On Wednesday the stadium hosted a vigil to mark the year anniversary of the crash, before welcoming Coritiba for the final game of the season.
Tulio de Melo’s last minute winner saw them win 2-1 and gain a place in qualifying for the Copa Liberadores.
And the celebration wasn’t bad either.
Both Gallagher brothers are outspoken on a lot of subjects, but one thing we didn’t expect Noel to have his eye on was Arsenal Fan TV.
Turns out he absolutely loves it, and even has a soft spot for the featured supporters.
— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) December 2, 2017
We see what you’re doing there, Ryan. Cheeky.
Genclerbirligi defeated Sivasspor 4-0 in Turkey on Sunday, but Serbian striker Skuletic made all his own headlines with this one.
What a hit.
Pep Guardiola’s men made it 13 consecutive league wins this weekend – equalling the English top flight record shared by Arsenal, Chelsea, Sunderland and Preston North End.
But it wasn’t just their 2-1 victory over West Ham which caught our eye. This is quite the concept.
Quite the suggestion from City today: any fans filming the players getting off the bus are being encouraged to clap by using their spare hand, and the spare hand of the person next to them. Honestly
— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) December 3, 2017
Kevin De Bruyne
OK, you got us. We can’t talk about Manchester City without continuing to swoon over De Bruyne.
The Belgian played yet another sumptuous pass for David Silva’s winner, taking him to 35 assists since joining the club – more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.
After opening the scoring inside five minutes of Wolfsburg’s 3-0 victory over Monchengladbach, Malli produced this piece of magic to create Daniel Didavi’s goal.
An absolutely mesmerising ‘bounce pass’, and the finish isn’t too shabby.
David De Gea
The Manchester United goalkeeper was instrumental in his side’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal, equalling a Premier League record of 14 saves in one game.
Only Lukasz Fabianski has made more Premier League saves this season, and De Gea tops the clean sheets chart with an impressive nine clean sheets in 15 games.
How’s that gone in?
Bradford City faced Plymouth in the FA Cup on Saturday and were 1-0 up when Romain Vincelot hit a volley goalwards.
Seeing as it was going nowhere near the target, it’s a good job Nathaniel Knight-Percival got in the way of it.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 2, 2017
*That* assist. Bloody hell.
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