It’s the second week in April and it’s a fantastic time of the season for football fans, with the games coming thick and fast. With the winners of nearly of the major European leagues all but decided, focus shifts to the battles for European competition spots and top division survival for the next season. Goals take on extra significance and heroes and villains are made. Settle down with some tea and a croissant, it’s time for Goals of the Week!
Let’s start at the top and work our way down then. French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain visited 10th place Stade Rennais on Saturday and any hangover from their mid-week exertions against Barcelona was not evident in the result as they sealed a 0-2 victory with goals from Jérémy Ménez and Zlatan Ibrahimović. Ménez opened the scoring with this fantastic dribble and finish.
Bayern Munich won their 23rd Bundesliga title in record time. With a 20 point gap to second place Borussia Dortmund, Bayern clinched the title after 28 matches with a 0-1 victory at Frankfurt. Schweinsteiger’s ridiculously good backheel finish sealing a ridiculously dominant Bundesliga campaign for the champions.
Serie A strugglers Palermo grabbed a very important three points, winning 1-3 away at Sampdoria to ensure their top division future remains in their hands with 7 games left to play.
Palermo’s tall Slovenian scored this individual goal to give them a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute.
Loftus Road was the scene of a massive relegation “six pointer” as Queens Park Rangers entertained fellow strugglers Wigan. After losing Bobby Zamora early on thanks to a red card from a stupid head-high challenge, French forward looked to have given QPR hope of survival with this sublime side-footed finish in the 85th minute.
But QPR’s hope proved to be short-lived when Shaun Maloney scored a well-struck free-kick deep in to injury time, scavenging a vital point for Wigan and leaving QPR in deep trouble, 7 points from safety with 6 games to play.