Matt Ritchie, Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne are among our six contenders for Premier League goal of the weekend – but who takes your vote?
There was no shortage of thrills and spills in the English top flight this weekend, with the action getting underway at a fiery clash at Stamford Bridge. Although the match itself didn’t produce much in the way of brilliant goals, it did produce some of the major talking points from the weekend, with Diego Costa’s antics coming in for plenty of criticism.
Our first contender for Goal of the Weekend though comes from the south coast where Matt Ritchie, controlling a half-clearance with his chest before unleashing an unstoppable volley, left goalkeeper Costel Pantillimon absolutely no chance.
If that doesn’t get your vote, then the Saturday evening match produced two contenders with Victor Moses and Kevin De Bruyne both staking their claims in a thrilling match at the Etihad.
Moses’ 25-yard effort – which came at the end of a long spell of possession football for the visitors – set West Ham on their way to a stunning 2-1 win at Manchester City, where De Bruyne’s fine second-half reply could not prevent the table-toppers from their first league defeat of the season.
City’s defeat allowed neighbours Manchester United the chance to close the gap to two points thanks to a hard-fought 3-2 win at Southampton; Juan Mata scoring what was to prove the decisive strike when he slammed home the rebound after Memphis Depay’s strike had struck the post following a long spell of possession from Louis van Gaal’s side.
The final two contenders came from Anfield, where Liverpool were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Norwich. The Reds took the lead two minutes into the second half thanks to a smart control and calm finish from Danny Ings – marking his first strike for the Reds. But the Canaries hit back through Russell Martin, who applied an expert lofted finish after Simon Mignolet’s mistake.