Goals of the Week[end] 2nd April 2013

Alright folks, Are you ready for a new week of football or are you still feeling worse for wear after over-indulging on chocolate and booze? Here at Proven Quality we’re sitting pretty in the latter category but Champions League football returns tonight and we’ve got something to pick you up right away – it’s Goals of the Week time!

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry’s presence in North London might be reduced to a statue these days but he’s still slotting in the goals in the U.S.A.
Henry came on as a second-half substitute and took only 22 minutes to score this beauty. Henry’s first goal of the new Major League Soccer season gave New York Red Bulls a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia Union.

Henry goal for New York Red Bulls

Tokelo Rantie

The Swedish league might not be the most glamorous, but as previous editions of Goals of the Week have shown us, even the so-called ‘lesser’ leagues can supply some top quality GOTW fodder from time to time. This goal from South African forward Tokelo Rantie is from Malmö’s 1-1 draw with Halmstad.

Tokelo Rantie goal against Halmstad

Shane Ferguson

Speaking of the lower leagues, Northern Irish left-back Shane Ferguson scored this lovely free-kick for Birmingham City (on-loan from Newcastle United) in Birmingham’s 4-0 away win at Crystal Palace.

Shane Ferguson free-kick goal vs Crystal Palace

Demba Ba

Manchester United travelled to Chelsea yesterday for a FA Cup replay that had been squeezed into the schedule only two days after both teams had played in the Premier League. Chelsea won a match in which both side’s fatigue was evident, when this wonderful pass from Juan Mata combined with a sublime finish from Demba Ba.

Demba Ba goal for Chelsea in FA Cup against Man United

Viktor Fischer

Ajax romped to a 4-1 Eredivisie win over N.E.C. (Nijmegen), and Danish forward Viktor Fischer was on top-form, grabbing two goals. One of his goals was really something special, just look at this beautiful chip over the keeper from outside the penalty box.

Viktor Fischer goal against NEC

Philipp Tschauner

Sometimes it’s not the finish or the assist that makes for a great goal, but the circumstances in which a goal is scored or the player that scores it. As far as epic circumstances for goals go, it doesn’t get much better than a last-minute winner or equaliser, and there is no better player to see get on the scoresheet than a goalkeeper!

That’s exactly what happened this weekend when St Pauli goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner popped up to level the score in the dying minutes of the Hamburg team’s match against SC Paderborn 07 in the German 2nd Bundesliga.

Philipp, your header not only got your team the draw, but also gets you the Proven Quality Goal of the Week!

St Pauli goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner scores last minute header

Founder of Proven Quality and a network of Football news aggregator sites, John lives in Spain, and has also lived in France, Germany and the UK. John can be found tweeting under the provenquality handle.
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