Best World Football Moments of the Weekend
It's been yet another action-packed weekend in world football, with Jose Mourinho marvelling at his own tactics after a Chelsea victory at Norwich, Juventus enjoying a busy 3-2 win over Milan and Bayer Leverkusen managing to tame Pep Guardiola's Bayern.
This week's best moments come from some precocious Premier League youngsters, an Italian legend, a Dutch golazo specialist, an MLS veteran and many more...
West Ham Un-Ravel-ed Tottenham
West Ham probably weren't expecting much from their visit to White Hart Lane on Sunday, as they hadn't earned three points at Tottenham since April 1999.
However, midfielder Ravel Morrison was the star of a rousing Hammers performance, channeling Diego Maradona with a weaving run and effortless chip over Hugo Llrois to put away the third goal of a 3-0 win.
Sam Allardyce was bursting with praise for the troubled 20-year-old, with The Guardian among those catching him using the word "genius."
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, meanwhile, called the shock defeat "a wake-up call."
Adnan Januzaj Anounced His Presence to the World
Manchester Utd were on course for a defeat against bottom-placed Sunderland on Saturday when their blushes were saved by 18-year-old winger Adnan Januzaj.
The Belgian-born prodigy scored both of the Red Devils' goals, marking a pretty impressive full Premier League debut.
David Moyes' early faith in the youngster appears to have paid off, and the fight to register his international rights is set to begin. Januzaj, who has been with Utd since the age of 16, is eligible to represent no less than six countries, per a report by Adam Shergold of the Mail.
Rafael Van Der Vaart Scored a Stunning Scissor Kick
Hamburg took FC Nurnberg apart in their own backyard on Sunday to give Bert van Marwijk his first win as manager.
Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart opened proceedings in the 17th minute with a Zlatan-esque scissor kick, giving Die Rothosen a much-needed morale boost following a sluggish start to the Bundesliga campaign.
Hertha Berlin's Ronny Released a Rocket Free Kick
Rafael VDV wasn't the only one to bag a golazo in Germany over the weekend, as there was something special in Hertha Berlin's visit to Hannover.
Hertha were losing 1-0 in the 80th minute when striker Ronny made a substitute appearance. With his first touch—and the team's first touch of the ball after he came on—the Brazilian smashed an unstoppable free kick into the top corner, earning his side a point and ending Hannover's 100 percent home record.
Francesco Totti Inspired Roma Perfection
Roma's claim to the scudetto showed no signs of faltering on Saturday, as they put three away unanswered against Internazionale at the San Siro. That's seven wins in seven matches for i Giallorossi.
The star of the show was 37-year-old Roman demi-god Francesco Totti, who scored the first two and made the third. His opening goal in the 18th minute was particularly special.
Diego Costa's La Liga Domination Continued
Atletico Madrid are also enjoying a 100 percent start to the season, and the focal point of their success appears to be Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa. He scored his ninth and 10th La Liga goals in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo, but he also missed a penalty.
Atleti now find themselves tying at the top of the Spanish Primera with Barcelona, who also have maximum points after a 4-1 home rout of Valladolid.
Landon Donovan Matched the MLS All-Time Scoring Record
Despite wearing their horrendous away kit, LA Galaxy stuffed their city rivals, Chivas USA, 5-0 on Sunday.
Landon Donovan found the net twice and managed to tie the MLS all-time goalscoring record with his cheeky chip in the 41st minute.
"Landycakes" has now scored 134 regular-season goals, matching Jeff Cunningham's tally of 134 in 66 fewer appearances.
Vancouver Witnessed a Spectacular Scissor Kick
Elsewhere in North America, Vancouver earned a 2-2 draw with MLS Western Conference rivals Portland on Sunday in an action-packed Cascadia derby.
The highlight was the Whitecaps' equalizing goal in the 78th minute, which came courtesy of a Camilo Sanvezzo scissor-kick golazo. It was a lot like Rafael van der Vaart's scissor-kick golazo, except it was a lot more sideways.
There Was Magic in Morocco
We may have saved the best moment of the weekend until last.
Raja Casablanca won their Moroccan Football League bout with Chabab Rif Al Hoceima, 2-0, on Sunday evening, thanks in part to a stunning goal from Mohsine Moutouali. Picking up the goal deep in his own half, the attacking midfielder went on an impressive run and took a punt from the tightest of angles.
It showed levels of selfishness that would make Daniel Sturridge wince, but boy did it pay off.
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