The world’s most competitive league is back in full swing and if the first week is a sign of things to come, the fans across the world are surely in for a treat over the full season. The inaugural week, which witnessed 31 goals at an average of 3.1 per match, produced some stellar strikes over the weekend. Here are our top 5 goals of the week:
Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) vs Newcastle United:
Dele Alli is one the hottest young English talents in the world right now. His “goal of the season” two seasons back versus Crystal Palace was proof enough that he has the aura to score spectacular goals and it was no surprise that the 21-year old opened the scoring for Spurs this season with another absolutely brilliant Tottenham goal. With the Magpies being reduced to 10 men, the Spurs built up brilliantly through Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen with repeated passes in between. Eriksen then found the perfect lobbed pass from the edge of the box to find Alli’s brilliant run through the middle and the England international obliged with a neat volley with his left that gave the on rushing Robert Elliot no chance.
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5) Paul Pogba (Manchester United) vs West Ham United:
Manchester United had their best start to a Premier League campaign since the 2013-14 season under David Moyes, with a 4-0 thumping of The Hammers with goals from three high profile signings over the last three seasons, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. The final goal by record signing Paul Pogba was by far the best for the Red Devils. Starting with a pass from summer signing Nemanja Matić to find Frenchman Martial, who in turn found his country-mate Pogba. The 24-year old controlled with a smart first touch to set up for a shot from outside the box. The French midfielder fired a strong grounded right footer from the edge of the penalty box to blaze past England goalkeeper Joe Hart.
4) Steve Mounie (Huddersfield) vs Crystal Palace:
Huddersfield Town enjoyed their return to the top division of English football with a thumping 3-0 away victory at Selhurst Park to spoil the debut of Frank De Boer in charge of The Eagles, thanks to a double strike by their record signing Steve Mounie. The Beninese forward scored a screamer to score his second, and the third for The Terriers. A long ball found German striker Collin Quaner on the right, who entered penalty box and calmly squared the ball for an on rushing Mounie. The 21-year old finished with a smart fast, first-time shot into the near post to give Palace custodian Jonas Lössl no chance to even lay a finger on it, even at full stretch.
3) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) vs Watford:
Opening game week did not go as expected for Liverpool after a 3-3 away draw at Vicarage Road against Watford. Even though The Reds dropped two crucial points against The Hornets, the first goal was a typical Liverpool team goal for the fans to be proud of. The move started with Sadio Mane finding Alberto Moreno on the left wing while making a run inside. Moreno passed it inside for Mane, who gave a dummy to make it reach Emre Can. Can’s cheeky first time pass was brilliantly controlled by the Senegalese forward to set up for a superb right footer into the far top corner.
2) Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) vs Leicester City:
In spite of mediocrity at times, Frenchman Olivier Giroud is a genuine match winner for both France and Arsenal. The French forward is easily the new Premier League super sub scoring every time his team needs. In a thrilling League opener against The Foxes, the Frenchman delivered for The Gunners with the match tied 3-3 and with 5 minutes on the clock. Two minutes after Aaron Ramsey brought the game on level terms, Arsenal got a corner on the right. Giroud leaped the tallest to get the better of both the centre backs Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan and brilliantly headed home Mesut Özil’s corner. The header went in off the inside of the junction of the far post and the crossbar to give Kasper Schmeichel no chance to move.
1) Stephen Ward (Burnley) vs Chelsea:
The Defending champions were humbled in their opening match at home with a heavy 2-3 defeat by high flying Burnley. The second goal for The Clarets by Stephen Ward was easily a contender for the Goal of the Season. It was fitting that the Irish left back’s tremendous strike is our GOAL OF THE WEEK. With 10-man Chelsea still recovering from Sam Vokes’s 24th minute strike to add to Gary Cahill’s early sending off, Ward found Jack Kork in the middle with a short pass, who in turn found the 31-year old with a brilliant lobbed pass to the left. The Ireland international chested the ball down with brilliant control and then unleashed a thunderous half volley with his left. The shot was perfect enough to make a world class goalkeeper like Thibaut Courtois look helpless, and crash into the top corner of the far post.
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