South America goals of the week: Man United flop Forlán nets screamer

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

By Charlie Reynolds

5) Bernard v Arsenal de Sarandí [Copa Libertadores]

The first goal in Bernard’s midweek Copa Libertadores hat-trick was in fact more about the assist than the finish. Ronaldinho set up the goal with a delightful chip over the defence to show there’s still life in the old dog yet.

4) Vitor (Botafogo BA) v Atletico Alagoinhas [Brazil]

Only a consolation goal in Botafogo BA’s 2-1 loss, Vitor’s 71st minute strike was still one to remember. Picking up a through ball poked past the opposition defence he almost stops dead before expertly curling the ball into the far corner of the net with more slice than a Roger Federer backhand.

3) Julio Cesar (Botafogo) v Flamengo [Brazil]

The defender broke the deadlock after just 55 seconds, picking up the ball wide on the left hand side of the pitch before skilfully beating three men with a darting run into the box and firing past the keeper, the ball satisfyingly going in off the inside of the post.

2) Maximiliano Nuñez (Estudiantes de La Plata) v Colón [Argentina]

The first goal in a six-goal thriller, Nuñez got Estudiantes off to a flying start with this clever improvised finish. Latching on to Marcos Gelabert’s lofted through ball, the midfielder leapt and nonchalantly flicked it over the onrushing goalkeeper with the outside of his boot.

1) Diego Forlán (Internacional) v Esportivo [Brazil]

This week’s top goal comes courtesy of former Manchester United flop turned world beating goal-machine, Diego Forlán. The Alice band wearing Uruguayan forward scored both his side’s goals this weekend but the pick was undeniably this dipping long-range screamer.

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