Across the globe, we are fortunate enough to have a range of exceptional players and well-developed sides. At times we forget how much of a luxury this is therefor we believe its time to highlight some of the best and worst moments on the pitch each week.
Strike Of The Week – Andrea Belotti (Torino vs Sassuolo)
Much hype has been around the Italian striker since the 16/17 season. He was in his second season at Torino and had scored 26 goals and got eight assists in 35 league games. He was tipped for a big money move that season but never got one. Since then his form has been up and down scoring only 10 goals last season but has scored 15 in the league this season. This goal was his second in the game and one in which they came back from being 1-0 down. This was a must-win game for Torino who are now two points behind a place in Europe with two games to go.
Torino were drawing 2-2 and had just scored through Zaza. There was 10 minutes to go and Belotti had already scored once in the game. Sassuolo were down to 10 men and the hosts were putting on the pressure. Belotti had already had a fantastic overhead kick effort tipped over the ball earlier on, that had it gone in would have been the strike of the week. The ball was played out wide so a cross could be put in for the many Torino players waiting in the box. It was put in and went behind Belotti meaning he had to try the audacious overhead kick again. The cross came to him near the penalty spot and he struck it perfectly. The ball flew off his boot and into the bottom right corner of the goal with the keeper managing to just get a finger on it. It was a fantastic finish and Torino went on to win the game 3-2.
SAVES Of The Week – Anthony Lopes (Marseille vs Lyon)
Lyon currently sit third in the Ligue 1, four points clear of Saint-Etienne. They are currently on course to be in the Champions League again next year but this win was huge to ensure that as Saint-Etienne could have closed the gap. Lopes has been in the first team since 2012 having come up through the academy. He has managed eight clean sheets this season for his side. Against Marseille, they took an early lead but this lead was threatened multiple times. Lopes had to make some brilliant saves to ensure his side would have the chance to finish the game. The did just that and won the game 3-0 with two goals in the last six minutes.
He made a fantastic save in the first-minute diving to his right parrying the ball away from the oncoming attacker. Later on, in the game, he made multiple saves from close range to make sure his side stayed in control. After one of his saves, Lyon went down the other end of the pitch and scored to kill the game.
Player of the week – Riyad Mahrez (Brighton vs Man City)
Mahrez moved to City last summer and rumours are already circulating about him leaving. He has gone from being the first name on the team sheet to being on the bench most games. When he plays for City he shows how good he is but you can tell he wants first-team football. His player of the week performance came in a huge game for City. They were away to Brighton and had to win to win the league.
He got an assist from a corner for Laporte. Mahrez put the ball in that fell to head of defender that gave City the lead just before half time. They had gone 1-0 down and responded straight away through Aguero and then this goal was huge in calming the nerves.
He also scored to pretty much settle the game and sent the title to City. Mahrez picked up the ball on the edge of the box and set up to shoot on his left foot. Dunk flew in to block the ball as Mahrez put in a faint and turned the ball onto his right foot. He had made himself a lot of time to take the shot and place it into the top corner. With only 20 minutes left this calmed the nerves of the team and the fans as well as killing all of Brightons hope to get back in the game.