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Our international network of spies have been scouring their respective leagues for the top strikes and funny-foul ups for your delectation. We'll bring you our top six goals in a jiffy. However, first here are the ones that didn’t quite make it on to the final list, but are worth a watch all the same.Let’s start with some overhead action. First to Mallorca vs Almeria and a goal that our Spanish correspondent Tim Stannard described as: “A Hugo Sanchez style overhead kick from the normally rubbish Cleber Santana.”
In France, Frederic Piquionne’s close-range acrobatics rescued a point for Lyon in a 2-2 draw at home to Monaco...
… while Bruno Batata’s effort for J Malucelli vs Paranavai in Brazil wins the award for the most needlessly-overcomplicated-overhead-shot-when-a-turn-and-tap-in-would-have-done.
Time for some super long-rangers now, starting in Germany. Wherever Franck Ribéry will be playing next season, Munich will miss him and his goals, like this one he scored against Frankfurt.
While a thundering free-kick from Taye Taiwo made it 3-0 to Marseille at home to Grenoble.
Steven Pienaar contributed to Sunday's 3-3 thriller between Everton and Aston Villa on Sunday was this beauty.
Although Villa responded in kind with a peach of a free-kick from James Milner.
Staying in the Premier League, Younes Kaboul curled a splendid left-footer into the top corner to hand Portsmouth the lead against the bottom-dwelling Baggies.
But - again in the same game - Niko Kranjcar delved into the ‘How to take a corking free-kick manual’ to rescue a point for Pompey after West Brom had come from behind to lead 2-1 at Fratton Park.
And speaking of free-kicks, Porto defender Bruno Alves - last week's Villain at Old Trafford following his horrid back-pass to Wayne Rooney - turns to hero, curling home the opener at home to Amadora
In the Championship, Ross McCormack completed a 2-0 win for Cardiff at Crystal Palace on Easter Saturday, back-flicking the ball past Claude Davis and finishing with aplomb in injury-time.
And we finish in Spain, with some fine control from Duda giving Malaga the lead at Villarreal.
While David Silva opened the scoring for Valencia in a 3-2 win at Sporting Gijon with this mazy dribble and shot.
GOALS OF THE WEEKBut now to the big guns. Here, in alphabetical order, is our top six from the week that was.1. Daniel Agger’s thunderbolt makes it three for Liverpool against Blackburn on Easter Saturday.
Agger lets rip: VIDEO HERE
2. Alex takes aim and almost rips a whole through Pepe Reina's net to haul Chelsea back into contention during their epic 4-4 draw against Liverpool.Alex unleashes hell: VIDEO HERE
3. Cristiano Ronaldo sends Manchester United into the Champions League semi-finals with this stunning 40-yard effort at Porto on Wednesday night.
Ronny rocket: VIDEO HERE
4. Diego Souza scores a cracker for Palmeiras against Sport Recife in the Copa Libertadores.Souza's mazy run: VIDEO HERE
5. Fernando Torres opens his account for the day against Blackburn at Anfield, chesting down Jamie Carragher’s raking pass and larruping the ball across the keeper and into the far corner.
Torres takes aim: VIDEO HERE
6. Italian football defensive? Not at Lazio last Saturday where the home side beat Roma 4-2 with Mauro Zarate netting the second with this sweet long-range strike.
Zarate wallop: VIDEO HERE
Well we hope you enjoyed those beauties, but just in case you forgot that rich and talented footballers can still make wallies of themselves, have a look at these.First to Spain. It seems Barcelona are now so good that their opposition are compelled to score goals for them. Nasief Morris of Recreativo bags an OG to help hand Barca the points in a 2-0 triumph.
Back in Blighty, check out this cracking 25-yard finish into his own net from Watford’s Danny Rose – on loan from Spurs – at Carrow Road on Easter Monday.
While over in Brazil, the gaffe of the week didn't result in goal, but only just. Rogério Ceni was one mightily relieved keeper after he spilled this shot on to the post.
And last, but by no means least...
If England end up facing Italy in a penalty shootout in next year’s World Cup, let’s hope the Azzurri bring Maurizio Domizzi. Here he is ballooning a penalty over and out for Udinese at Reggina.
Written by Rob Burnett. Send goal/gaffe suggestions to email@example.com or mention them in the forum thread.
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