The Best Goals you didn’t see this Weekend

The Premier League is back! You guys! The Premier League is back!

England’s top flight made its much-heralded return over the weekend—and there were plenty of excellent goals. Like Ross Barkley’s free kick, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s solo effort or that double overhead kick that Hull pulled off.

But The Goals Post isn’t here to show you the goals you’ve already seen: we’re serving up the brilliant efforts that might have fallen under your radar. We start off in Portugal, where Porto won their Liga Nos opener against Rio Ave on Friday evening, thanks in part to a Hector Herrera ThunderBastard™…

Sporting Braga opened the scoring against Vitoria Guimaraes with a fantastic low volley from Pedro Santos

In Ligue 1, Monaco and Guingamp played out a 2-2 draw on Friday evening, with Mustapha Diallo opening the scoring from outside the area after receiving a brilliant cross-field assist…

The weekend brought the second round of Eredivisie action, with the brilliantly named Excelsior securing a 2-0 win over Groningen. For no apparent reason, Groningen’s ‘keeper Sergio Padt went up for a free kick in injury time to try and steal an equalizer, but he was duly punished…

Inter Milan warmed up for the coming Serie A season with a friendly against Celtic in Ireland. New boy Antonio Candreva impressed new manager Frank De Boer with a lovely chipped finish…

Elsewhere in friendly action, Valencia hosted Fiorentina on Saturday evening. The Italian side took the lead in the sixth minute through a brilliant team goal converted by Filippo Bernardeschi

Torino faced Serie B’s Pro Vercelli in the first round of the Coppa Italia on Saturday. Debutant Lucas Boye capped off Torino’s 4-1 win in style…

Adam Ljajic also converted a brilliant free kick…

Our most obscure golazo of the weekend comes from the oft-overlooked Japanese J-League, where Fagiano Okayama defender Kim Jin Kyu did this against Kamatamare Sanuki…

In Russia, meanwhile, Spartak Moscow earned a point at Rubin Kazan, thanks to an OUTRAGEOUS volleyed finish from Ivelin Popov

Over to England, where Aston Villa (remember them?) earned their first Championship win of the season by putting three unanswered past Rotherham. Jack Grealish finished off the rout in style…

A division below Villa, Scunthorpe Utd earned a point at Fleetwood Town thanks to a brilliant 30-yard equalizer from a man with no less than three ‘V’s in his name: Kevin Van Veen

The US women’s team might have crashed out of the Olympics, but there’s still reason to check out the men’s competition as Brazil are still in the hat. Neymar got his first goal of the tournament on Saturday with a free kick against Colombia…

Neymar also assisted Luan’s excellent strike that made it 2-0…

In domestic Brazilian action, Coritiba’s Juan scored a delightful free kick in their 2-2 draw at Cruzeiro…

Also, Fluminense’s Henrique Dourado put away a sensational volley against America-AG…

And if you were in any doubt as to whether Barcelona are still pumping out quality from La Masia, check out what Abel Ruiz did for the U19s over the weekend…

He couldn’t have tucked that any further in the corner! Let’s finish off in traditional fashion with some domestic action. Roland Alberg pulled off a wonderful turn and shot for Philadelphia in their win over New England…

It’s also pretty clear that David Villa and Andrea Pirlo are on the same wavelength…

But, here are our favorite three goals from the weekend in MLS.

That’s all for this edition of The Goals Post—let us know your favorite in the comments!