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Champions League: RB Leipzig Winger Jean-Kevin Augustin Melts Two Porto Defenders With Outrageous Bit Of Dribbling Skill (Video)

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RB Leipzig gave Porto a 3-2 goosing in the Champions League last night, with all five goals coming in a blustering, action-packed first half.

Jean-Kevin Augustin was among the scorers for everybody's favourite Rasen Ballsport team, but it was the French winger's sublime footwork that really got everybody talking.

Can We All Take A Moment To Fully Appreciate Mamadou Sakho’s Baffling 91st-Minute Backheel Against Chelsea?

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On a weekend that saw Man City roll seven goals past Stoke, Kevin De Bruyne at his surgically-incisive best and Troy Deeney bulldoze over Arsenal's cojones, Pies' alternative highlight of the round came during stoppage time of Crystal Palace's somewhat unlikely 2-1 win over Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

World Cup Qualifying: Leon Goretzka Scores Audacious Back-Heel As Germany Sign Off With 5-1 Trouncing Of Azerbaijan (Video)

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Having already sealed their place at the World Cup, holders Germany put the finishing touch on their flawless Group C qualification campaign by signing off with a tenth win in ten outings a 5-1 demolition job of Azerbaijan.

Leon Goretzka opened the scoring in style with just eight minutes on the clock, the Schalke midfielder demonstrating excellent technique to squeeze a back-heel up and into the top corner from close range.

Champions League: Basel Speed Freak Dimitri Oberlin Scores Frighteningly Fast Breakaway Goal Against Benfica (Video)

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Basel well and truly did a number on Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday evening and that number was five as in the 5-0 tonking the Swiss team metered out to their Portuguese guests at St Jakob-Park.

Dimitri Oberlin put in a man of the match shift with the pacy winger helping himself to two goals on the night, the first being an incredibly dynamic piece of breakaway play.

Lithuania: FC Stumbras Striker Kgaogelo Mapemba Finds Absolute Toppest Of All Top Corners With Impeccable 20-Yard Drive (Video)

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There's a good chance you missed the outcome of the tie between Lithuanian opponents FC Stumbras II and FK Pakruojis on Saturday evening, so allow us to fill you in.

Stumbras won 3-0 and 19-year-old South African striker Kgaogelo Mapemba scored an absolute ripper to top off the rout, finding the very toppest top corner from the edge of the box.

Serie A: Dries Mertens Scores Exquisitely Perfect Lob As Napoli Stick Four Past Lazio At Stadio Olimpico (Video)

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Table-topping Napoli continued their fine form with a 4-1 win over Lazio on Wednesday night, thanks largely to a whirlwind of second-half goals.

Trailing 1-0 from the 29th minute, the away side then raced into the lead with a flurry of goals after the break three in five minutes from Kalidou Koulibaly (54′), Jose Callejon (56′) and this absolute beauty from Dries Mertens (59′).

Greece: Petros Mantalos Scores Stunning Bicycle Kick For AEK Athens v Larissa (Video)

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AEK Athens remain top of the Greek top-flight after enjoying a comfortable 4-0 win at home to AE Larissa at the weekend.

The goal of the game came after just four minutes, with midfielder Petros Mantalos perfectly executing a tremendous bicycle kick which flew into the back of the net...

Quite a cracker from the Greek international.

Classic Moments: Mido And The Worst ‘Crossbar Challenge’ Attempt Ever Captured On Camera, 2009 (Video)

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To brand Mido's loan stint at Wigan in the latter half of the 2008/09 season as 'largely featureless' and 'eminently forgettable' is to do it a major disservice.

After all, the Egyptian striker scored on his debut (a penalty in a 1-1 draw against Liverpool) and then went on to ripple the net again against Arsenal (the consolation in a 4-1 hammering), eventually ending the six-month deal with a whopping two goals to his name in the space of 12 appearances before going AWOL.

World Cup Qualifiers: Cristiano Ronaldo Takes Roughly Two Minutes To Score Acrobatic Golazo As Portugal Trounce Faroe Islands (Video)

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Suspended on the domestic front, Cristiano Ronaldo proved that he hasn't let himself fall into disrepair these past few weeks by roaring his way to a hat-trick in Portugal's first World Cup qualifying fixture of the international break.

The Seleccao sauntered to a 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands in Porto, with Ronaldo taking just two minutes and eight seconds (from kick-off) to score a spectacular far-post scissor volley.

Brazil: Neymar, Dani Alves, Marcelo & Thiago Silva Enjoy Lively Game Of ‘Foot-Table-Head-Tennis-Ball’ In Dressing Room (Video)

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The Brazilian national team are currently congregated at the Beira Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre, where the Selecao are limbering up for a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador on Friday evening.

After their morning session, several of the squad kept things ticking over by pairing off to take part in a little impromptu skill challenge in the dressing room.

Cack-Footed: Ousmane Dembele Rivals Paulinho For Skill And Trickery While ‘Freestyling’ At Barcelona Unveiling (Video)

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Just as Paulinho recently wowed the crowd with a stunning display of six kick-ups in a row, Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona's new club record signing, decided to seize the chance and show the Barcelona fans exactly what he's all aboutduring his grand unveiling.

Mere days after joining the Catalan club in a £96million deal, the 20-year-old French forward dazzled his audience with a quick burst of fleet-footed magic.

Mighty Wallop: Charlie Daniels Scores Roaring Half-Volley To Put Bournemouth Ahead Against Man City (Video)

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Just 13 minutes had elapsed when Charlie Daniels put Bournemouth ahead against Man City at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League's early kick-off.

With the ball bobbling loose on the left-hand edge of the City box, left-back Daniels sent it right back where it came from with a walloping half-volley that pinged in off the underside of the crossbar.

Diego Maradona Rolls Back Years To Score Impudent 20-Yard Freekick During Al-Fujairah Training Session (Video)

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There's every chance you may have missed the latest update, but Diego Maradona is currently under gainful employ out in the United Arab Emirates where he is head coach at Al-Fujairah SC.

Despite being a couple of months shy of his 57th birthday, Maradona has set about providing an example to his players, tucking away a lovely freekick during Tuesday morning's training session.

Chinese Super League: Ex-Southampton Striker Graziano Pellè Bags Beauty for Shandong Luneng (Video)

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Graziano Pellè netted an absolute stunner in the Chinese Super League on Saturday, courtesy of a beautiful volley in Shandong Luneng Taishan's 2-2 draw with Beijing Guoan.

The 32-year-old Pellè left Southampton for China last summer, duly becoming one of the highest-paid players in the world via a cool £13.

Dead Ball Specialist: Sinisa Mihajlovic, 48, Casually Scores Freekicks For Fun During Torino Training Session (Video)

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While there were aspects of his game (and personal beliefs) that were perhaps most politely described as 'dubious', Sinisa Mihajlovic was undeniably a grand player in his pomp.

A viciously tenacious defender, the ex-Sampdoria and Lazio star also boasted a mean line in set-piece dispatchery.

Paul Pogba And Romelu Lukaku Train And Play 5-A-Side Together In Los Angeles (Photos & Video)

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They may well be fully-fledged colleagues bythe end of the week, but for the time beingPaul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku simply remain mere good buds.

The pair are currently milling around together in Los Angeles as part of their concurrent off-season meandering, which looks entirely more strenuous than Pies' understandingof a summer holiday.

Paulo Dybala Scores ‘Impossible’ Freekick Against 18 Defenders And Two Goalkeepers In Hometown Charity Match (Video)

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With proper football on the back-burner for a few more weeks, Paulo Dybala returned home to Argentina on Saturday to take partin a light-hearted charity match in his hometown of Laguna Larga.

Twas during said game that Dybala was challenged with scoring an 'impossible' freekick as the entire opposing team (along with several stowaways from the crowd) filled the goalmouth in an attempt to block the Juventus forward's shot.

Retro Football: 10 Glorious Minutes Of Zinedine Zidane Dribbling, Swerving And Leaving Suckers In The Dust (Video)

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Largely because there's bugger all else going on this morning, we thought we'd provide you with a welcome break from the close-season monotony.

To that end, here is a 10-minute slab of Zinedine Zidane-flavoured goodness, highlighting the former Juventus and Real Madrid midfielder's masterful control and footwork.

Champions League: Besiktas Striker Cenk Tosun Pips Mario Mandzukic To Land ‘Goal Of The Tournament’ Award (Video)

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The votes have been tallied and the results are in: Mario Mandzukic's absolutely incredible overhead kick against Real Madrid has not been named as the best goal scored during the 2015/16 Champions League tournament.

That honour has instead gone to Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, whose similarly acrobatic effort against Benfica in the group stages took a whopping 41% of UEFA's online poll.

Rather Nifty: Watch Everton Midfielder Ross Barkley Take Freekicks In 360° Virtual Reality (Video)

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If you've ever wanted to watch Ross Barkley take a free-kick from every single conceivable angle, then now's your chance muchacho.

Thanks to some superb camera work from virtual reality pioneers Laduma,the following clip of Barkley knocking balls around is fully interactive alongevery axis.

Virtuoso: West Brom’s Jonny Evans Bamboozles Cesc Fabregas With Exquisite Piece Of Ball Control (Video)

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Chelsea cinched up thePremier League title with the very narrowest of victories over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday evening.

An 82nd-minute goal from Michy Batshuayi proved the difference, though all thegenuine flair and invention emanated from the Baggies' midfield.

Indeed, this was largely due to the presence of Jonny Evans, who at point made Cesc Fabregas look like a leaden-footed dumplingwith a flashof gossamer-light ball control.

Serie B: Trapani Goalkeeper Mirko Pigliacelli Sparks Counter-Attack With 80-Yard Cavalry Charge Down Field (Video)

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Fans of unorthodox, unnecessarily risky goalkeeping will no doubtenjoy this sublime little nugget lifted from Sunday's Serie B encounter between Frosinone and Trapani.

After going behind after just 11 minutes, relegation-threatened Trapani found themselves chasing the game for the majority of the afternoon.

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Iran Striker Mohammad Mokhtari Scores Absolutely Audacious Overhead Kick In Third-Place Play-Off (Video)

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Iran made history over the weekend bybecoming Asia's highest ever finishers at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup thanks to an emphatic 5-3 victory over Italy in the third-place play-off game.

Mohammad Mokhtari provided the undoubted highlight of the match, putting Iran 3-0 up with a truly outstanding overhead kick from the narrowest angle.

Galactico Gold: Guti Plays In Zidane With Exquisite Back-Heel Through Ball As Real Madrid Spank Sevilla, 2006 (Video)

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The year was 2006, and with mid-January temperatures ebbing down towards freezingand a light flurry of snow in the air conditionsdescribed by Elmundo Deportes as an "unpleasant night for a very attractive party" Real Madrid, in full 'Galactico' pomp, welcomed Sevilla to the Bernabeu.

It took the hosts just six minutes to open the scoringwhen Guti wafted into the 18-yard box to steer a low Zinedine Zidane cross past Andres Palop.

Energy FC: It’s Not Everyday You See A Bicycle Kick Goal With A ‘Flip Thrown-In’ Assist (Video)

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Having failed to score in his first three games for OKC Energy FC, forward Miguel Gonzalez opened his account with gusto against Sacramento Republic in the United Soccer League on Tuesday evening.

Indeed, Gonzalez's outrageous effort proved to be the only goal of the game and featured the ultra rare combination of a flip throw-in assist and an acrobatic bicycle kick finish.

FAIL: Mesut Ozil Pings Sumptuous Pass Out To Arsenal Substitute Warming Up On The Touchline (Video)

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As if to capture Arsenal's miserable defeat against Crystal Palace in microcosm, here's the moment Mesut Ozil took his time, looked up, surveyed the lay of the land in an instant and pinged a truly sumptuous trademark pass out to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the left wing.

Unfortunately for the floaty light German midfielder, the Oxhadyet to come on as a substitute at that point.

‘Best Goal Of My Career’ – Gary Neville Scores Nonchalant Flicked Volley During Kick-About In Singapore (Video)

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Former Manchester United teammates Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs spent last week out in Singapore overseeing the launch of the latest addition to their 'Hotel Football' business venture.

As part of the launch event, both Neville and Giggs took part in the 'Cafe Football Cup Final' a glorified kick-about between two teams of local players.

Arsenal: Olivier Giroud’s Incredible Scorpion Volley Against Crystal Palace Recreated In Lego (Video)

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It may have been pipped to the January 'Goal of the Month' award by Andy Carroll's exocet overhead kick, but Olivier Giroud's equally audacious scorpion volley (also against Crystal Palace) has been immortalised in an altogether more meaningful way.

Thanks to Weevil888, Giroud's partially inspired, partially fluked back-heel has taken its place in the grand pantheon of icon footballing moments re-rendered in Lego.

FAIL: Club America Midfielder Javier Guemez Attempts To Pull Off ‘Blanco Bounce’, Promptly Concedes Throw-In (Video)

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Having begun his career there before going on to make almost 400 appearances in blue and cream, Cuauhtemoc Blanco breathes rarefied air when it comes to Club America.

The grizzled veteran even returned to make one last commemorative appearance for America last season before finally bowing out of professional football at the age of 44.

Champions League: Casemiro Scores Absolutely Bonkers Volley As Real Madrid Spank Napoli At Bernabeu (Video)

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Despite fallingbehind after just eight minutes at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid eventuallyrallied to sew up a comfortable 3-1 first-leg victory over Napoli before thehour mark.

Karim Benzema equalised and Toni Kroos nudged Madrid back ahead before Casimero rattled home a third just after half-time with an absolutely bonkers volley from outside the area.

La Liga: Fernando Torres Scores Excellent, Instinctive Overhead Kick As Atletico Madrid Just About Pip Celta (Video)

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Atletico Madrid just about squeaked the win over Celta Vigo in La Liga on Sunday, with Fernando Torres having what's known in the trade as a 'Fernando Torres' of an evening.

Indeed, the striker opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a brilliant, impulsive overhead kick making the best of a slightly over-hit pass to send the ball arching high over his own head, over Celta 'keeper Sergio Alvarez and inside the far post.

Flummoxed: Oscar Leaves Chinese Linesman In Heap On Ground With Silky Cruyff Turn (Video)

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Looks like Oscar is having a whale of a time out in China, with the diminutive Brazilian's fleet-footed trickery already laying waste to all who gaze upon it.

Indeed, as well as jinking past defenders, the Shanghai SIPG man also left a poor, flummoxed linesman with two sprained ankles during a recent game.

Championship: Nott’m Forest Midfielder Ben Osborn Scores Superb ‘Le Tissier-Style’ Freekick To Sink Bristol City (Official Video)

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Amid a season chock full of dirge and drudgery, Nottingham Forest youngling Ben Osborn produced a rare moment of brilliance in Saturday's narrow win over Bristol City.

Indeed, the game was settled by a single goal, which emanatedfrom a 67th-minute set-piece routine devised and executed superbly by Osborn and fellow midfield prospect Matty Cash.

Liverpool: James Milner Did The Most ‘James Milner’ Bit Of Ball Control Ever Against Southampton (Video)

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InJurgen Klopp's own estimation, Liverpool were lucky not to lose 3-0 against Southampton in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, such was the levelof their performance.

However, there was at least one bright spark on the night for the away side, with James Milner reaching the peak of his evolutionary curve thanks to a mesmeric piece of ball control.

Arsenal Stars Team Up With Basketball Acrobats Dunking Devils For Superb BT Sport NBA Clip (Video)

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Ahead of Thursday's NBA clash between the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets at the O2 Arena, BT Sport have put together a rather nifty video involving Arsenal stars Alex Iwobi, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker along with basketball acrobatic team the Dunking Devils.

The Dunking Devils, who appeared on Britain's Got Talent last year, pull off some pretty spectacular moves with the help of the Arsenal trio, with Iwobi looking particularly excited at the whole thing!

Swansea Legend Lee Trundle Scores Wonderfully Cheeky Penalty During Veterans Charity Game (Video)

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He may be 40-years-old, but former Swansea forward Lee Trundle hasn't lost his touch. Lining out for a Swans All-Stars team at the weekend, the striker netted a double hat-trick which included an outrageous penalty goal.

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Trundle currently plies his trade for Welsh second-tier side Llanelli Town, where he has been banging in the goals this season.

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez Nets Superb Hat-Trick As Gunners Batter West Ham 5-1 (Video)

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Alexis Sanchez produced a magnificent individual display at the London Stadium on Saturday, with the Chilean bagging a super hat-trick as Arsenal hammered West Ham 5-1.

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Despite dominating he first-half, Arsenal went in at the break only 1-0 up, with Mesut Ozil netting after being set up by Sanchez following sloppy play from the Hammers.

Arsenal: Theo Walcott Becomes Proud Holder Of New Guinness World Record (Video)

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Blimey, it really has been a good week for Theo Walcott.

As well as becoming a father for the second time and coming within an inch of earning himself a new coffee machine, the Arsenal forward has capped things off by snaring himself a Guinness World Record.

With a crane parked up at London Colney, several Arsenal players had a stab at controlling a ball being chucked at them from up in the ether.

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Real Madrid: Theo Hernandez Performs Six Laughably Crap Kick-Ups At Bernabeu Presentation (Video)

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Theo Hernandez has recently become the first player for over 17 years to directly cross the breach between Atletico and Real Madrid by joining the latter in a contentious £20million deal.

As is the done thing, the 19-year-old full-back was unveiled in front of the cameras and a modest cluster of fans at the Bernabeu, whom he was asked to entertain with a few choice tricks and flicks.

Swish: Inter Milan Goalkeeper Ionut Radu Scores Brilliant Over-The-Head ‘Basketball’ Trick Shot (Video)

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Inter Milan goalkeeper Ionut Radu showcased hishidden talent for trick-shots while farting around in the gym after training recently.

Away from the rest of the squad, the Romanian stopper set up his camera and filmed himself pulling off a rather neat little over-the-head shot into the basketball hoop.