Let’s face it, International breaks can be a drag at times. In contrast to the nail-biting fixtures the Premier league and La Liga have to offer to the fans, International friendlies can seem rather irrelevant and boring at times.However, International fixtures do give us the opportunity to watch our favourite stars battle it out in their nation’s home jerseys. From Lucas Podolski to Cristiano Ronaldo, here are five of the best goals from the International break.
Spain ran riot against Israel in their World Cup Qualifying game on Saturday.The Spanish Armada were at their scintillating best with goals from David Silva, Diego Costa, Isco and Vitolo. David Silva opened the scoring for the Spaniards with a brilliant team move. Left back Jordi Alba picked up the ball on the left wing. He then slid a beautiful pass, through the opponent defender’s legs, to David Silva. The midfielder picked up the ball inside the penalty box and smashed it into the net, through the goalkeeper’s legs. A truly sublime goal.
Belgium had to dig deep to find a late equaliser against underdogs Greece in their World Cup Qualifying group game. In the absence of star man Eden Hazard, Belgium had to look to forward Romelu Lukaku to come up with the goods. The Everton forward scored a superb goal in the dying minutes of the game to rescue a point for the Red Devils. Dries Mertens floated the ball into the penalty box. Lukaku chested the ball, quickly turned and smashed the ball in, giving the goalkeeper no chance. Take a look at the Everton forward’s beautiful goal here.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two sublime goals as Portugal earned a comfortable victory over Hungary in their World Cup qualifying game. Ronaldo scored his first goal in the opening half. A long punt up the field found Andre Silva who cushioned the ball up perfectly for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese talisman picked up the ball just outside the box and struck a rasping low drive with his left foot. The ball whistled into the bottom corner leaving the goalkeeper helpless.
If you thought his first goal was good, wait till you see Ronaldo’s second strike against Hungary. Ronaldo hasn’t been very successful with free kicks off late, but he proved his doubters wrong yet again with this ferocious drive. The Real Madrid forward struck a free kick from 25 yards out which swerved and dipped into the bottom corner leaving the Hungary goalkeeper stranded. Ronaldo’s two goals for Portugal brought his International goal tally to 70, making him the fourth highest scorer in Europe. A truly remarkable feat.Here are the full highlights from the match between Portugal and Hungary.
The World Cup qualifiers brought us a host of beautiful goals this week. But none can top the incredible goal scored by Germany’s parting hero Lucas Podolski against England. The German veteran played his final game for his beloved country, and what a way to say goodbye. Podolski scored the decisive goal that would seal the tie for the World Cup Winners. He picked up the ball 25 yards out from goal. The German forward took one touch and delivered a stinging shot which flew into the top corner. Joe Hart could do nothing but applaud the beauty of the goal. A fitting end to a remarkable career.