THE BEST GOALS YOU DIDN’T SEE THIS WEEKEND

Just when some of the biggest leagues in Europe get going, they hit us with an international break. It happens every darn season at this time of year and it serves to break the routine of watching the beautiful game that we all know and love. Thankfully, several international games gifted us glorious golazos, while the leagues that kept running also delivered the goods.

We begin our review of the weekend goals that might have slipped under your radar with World Cup qualification in Europe. Lithuania’s battle with Slovenia wasn’t the most glamorous tie in the world, but Lithuania’s Fedor Černych scored a worldie of an opener…

On Friday night, Mexico defeated El Salvador to remain firmly at the top of their CONCACAF group. It was El Salvador, however, who opened the scoring, via an audacious Alexander Larin Panenka penalty…

The best goal in CONCACAF qualification, however, was Randall Azofeifa’s fantastic winner for Costa Rica against Haiti…

Boom! Nigeria were victorious in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania, thanks to a stunning strike from Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho

Our friends at 101GG note that Sergio Auger’s absence from the Manchester derby is now slightly less of an issue—and we tend to agree.

Moving away from the World Cup fun, India beat Puerto Rico 4-1 in a friendly in Mumbai on Saturday, during which Sunil Chhetri converted a lovely low free kick…

Over to the Brazilian top flight now, where Botafogo’s Camilo scored a RIDICULOUS overhead kick against Gremio…

In Brazil’s second tier, meanwhile, Sampaio Correa got the better of Nautico in a seven-goal thriller on Saturday night. Nautico’s Vinicius earned a brace, opening his account with a gorgeous one-touch finish with the outside of his boot…

In the J-League Cup, Gamba Osaka progressed at the expense of Sanfrecce Hiroshima following an epic 6-3 win. The losers, however, were given a nice consolation in the form of Kori Morisaki’s free kick…

Real Madrid’s megastars may have spent the weekend around the world with their international sides, but the Castilla side were in action against Amorebieta. Eighteen-year-old striker Sergio Diaz made Spain stand up and take notice when he scored the winner with an audacious lob…

Remember Niko Kranjcar? Harry Redknapp certainly does. He signed him about 15 times. Anyway, ahead of the Old Firm Derby, Rangers were in Northern Ireland for a friendly with Linfield, during which Kranjcar scored a belter…

Let’s turn our attention to the youth game now and Sergiy Vajulenko’s glorious solo effort in Ukraine’s U21 battle with France…

We finish today, as in traditional fashion, with some domestic action. The throughly Nigel-De-Jong-less LA Galaxy got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Columbus Crew. Both goals were pretty tasty, starting with Baggio Husidic’s brilliant long-ranger in the 78th minute…

Shortly afterwards, Gio Dos Santos confirmed the win with the cheekiest of chips…

And that concludes this edition of The Goals Post! Be sure to let us know about your favourite goal from the weekend in the comments.