South America goals of the week: Mexico’s Reyna strikes for Pachuca

From the continent that produced Pele, Maradona, & Messi, Charles Reynolds presents this week’s top five South American goals

By Charlie Reynolds

5. Renato Abreu (Flamengo) v Olaria [Brazil]

Veteran Brazilian midfielder Renato Abreu scored both Flamengo’s goals in their win this weekend. The pick was undoubtedly his second, a perfectly struck left-footed free kick which nestled into the top corner from 30 yards out.

4. Juan Manuel Iturbe (River Plate) v Tigre [Argentina]

Trailing 1-0 with four minutes to go, things weren’t looking good for River Plate, then again few could have guessed what would happen next. First Carlos Luna equalised and then only a minute later he struck again to put River ahead. Tigre then had a player sent off before Iturbe added this great individual goal to make it 3-1, outstripping several defenders with his searing pace before firing past the keeper from wide on the left. It was fortunate he did score because Tigre grabbed a goal back from the penalty spot with the final kick of the game to cap an insane final ten minutes.

3. Freddy Bareiro (Olimpia) v Guaraní [Paraguay]

The Paraguayan forward Freddy Bareiro got his side off to a sensational start, calmly collecting a ball nonchalantly flicked to him over a Guaraní defender’s head by Juan Manuel Salgueiro, before cutting infield and picking out the far corner of the net from outside the area in just the second minute of the game.

2. Angel Reyna (Pachuca) v Cruz Azul [Mexico]

Not strictly scored in South America, Angel Reyna’s strike nevertheless makes the cut particularly as it was followed by a bizarre but spectacular Rey Mysterio wrestling move celebration. The Mexican midfielder shrugged off the attention of a defender before blasting a shot past the helpless Cruz Azul goalkeeper on the half-volley from 35 yards out.

1. Carlos Carbonero (Arsenal de Sarandí) v Argentinos Juniors [Argentina]

This week’s winner was scored by Carlos Carbonero for Argentina’s least popular club Arsenal de Sarandí. The Colombian forward sealed victory for his side with just over 20 minutes to go, smashing a dipping half-volleyed shot in from a very long way out.

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