The English Premier League produced 29 goals in week 17. Though Luis Suarez continued to shine in his adidas F50 adizero, Nike stole the sohw with 19 goals. Nike’s latest colorways were on fire in their debuts, notching a stunning 14 tallies.
The Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black Nike CTR360 Maestri III was most rampant and accounted for a world-class, game-winning free kick for Everton, a winner for Newcastle and the cherry atop Manchester City’s glittering performance.
Of the 10 games played this week, only two ended in scoreless stalemates, Sunderland and Norwich’s encounter at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and Chelsea and Arsenal’s often-listless affair Monday at Emirates stadium.
The others brought goals a plenty. See how it all went down:
- Saturday, Dec. 21
Liverpool 3 Cardiff City 0, Anfield
Luis Suarez, Liverpool, 25th and 45th minutes, adidas F50 adizero TRX, Samba Pack, Solar Blue/Running White/Solar Zest
Raheem Sterling, Liverpool, 42nd minute, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Neo Lime/Metallic Silver/Polarized Blue
Suarez’s second continues magnificent month of glorious goals
Another week, another set of simply stunning goals from Luis Suarez. Forced to choose between his well-taken volley set up by Jordan Henderson’s expert chip and his long-distance curler, we’ll sing the praises of the second of the lot, though both were spectacular.
Effectively killing off the game in the first half, Suarez initially lost possession on the edge of the area, but the ball fell to Henderson again. This time he backheeled the ball to his talismanic Uruguayan teammate, who needed only one sweet swing of his foot from 20 yards out to find his record 10th goal this month and 19th strike in 12 EPL contests. The ball hovered just a foot off of the ground and curled inside the far post. It was the perfect strike from the most on-form player in England these days. Breathtaking.
Newcastle United 3 Crystal Palace 0, Selhurt Park
Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United, 25th minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black
Daniel Gabbidon, Newcastle United, 39th minute own goal, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black
Hatem Ben Arfa, Newcastle United, 86th minute penalty, adidas F50 adizero TRX, Samba Pack, Solar Blue/Running White/Solar Zest
Cabaye scores on return thanks to Sissoko’s set up, dangerous deflection
After missing last week’s contest due to an accumulation of yellow cards, Yohan Cabaye got back on the scoresheet with a winner at Selhurst Park. Cabaye got a bit of good fortune, his strike taking a deflection off of Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak en route to goal. Fellow Frenchman Moussa Sissoko did the hard work, driving inside and slipping the ball back to Cabaye to boom it goal bound with his right foot, sneaking inside the near post.
The result, Tony Pulis’ first home loss in charge of the Eagles, sent Newcastle to sixth place and leaves Crystal Palace fighting for survival in 18th, a mere point from safety and behind West Ham United.
Manchester City 4 Fulham 2, Craven Cottage
Yaya Toure, Manchester City, 23rd minute, PUMA King SL, Peacoat/White/Blue Atoll custom
Vincent Kompany, Manchester City, 43rd minute and 69th minute own goal, Warrior Skreamer S-Lite, Mirage Grey/Black Green
Kieran Richardson, Fulham, 50th minute, Nike Tiempo Legend V, Desert Sand/Atomic Orange/Black
Jesus Navas, Manchester City, 78th minute, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Electro Purple/Volt Black
James Milner, Manchester City, 83rd minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black
Toure’s free kick a master class in ball striking
Two substitutions from Manuel Pellegrini proved shrewd as Jesus Navas and James Milner got goals to deny Fulham’s fine fight back, but it was Yaya Toure’s free kick that was the gem of this match. The Ivory Coast midfielder got his league leading fourth dead-ball goal of the season when he hit an unstoppable strike from just outside the penalty area. Toure approached the ball from the side and hit it swerving into the Upper 90, grazing the crossbar en route. No keeper would have stood a chance.
Manchester United 3 West Ham United 1, Old Trafford
Danny Welbeck, Manchester United, 26th minute, Nike Hypervenom Phantom, Neo Lime/Black
Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United, 36th minute, Nike Hypervenom Phantom, Neo Lime/Black
Ashley Young, Manchester United, 72nd minute, adidas F50 adizero TRX, Samba Pack, Solar Zest/Black/Blast Purple
Carlton Cole, West Ham United, 81st minute, Nike Tiempo Legend V, Desert Sand/Atomic Orange/Black
Januzaj opens his Old Trafford account with fine, flowing move
Showing skills and confidence that belies his young age, just 18, Adnan Januzaj played a slick one, two with fellow Hypervenom player and goalscorer Danny Welbeck along the left flank, then dragged the ball back with his left to dust James Collins near the byline. The young Belgian’s cheeky moved freed up enough space for him to hammer the ball home with his right and put the game beyond West Ham’s reach.
The goal was Januzaj’s first at Old Trafford and helped David Moyes build a streak of three wins on the trot.
Stoke City 2 Aston Villa 1, Britannia Stadium
Charlie Adam, Stoke City, 50th minute, adidas Nitrocharge 1.0 TRX, Vivid Red/Running White/Electricity
Libor Kozak, Aston Villa, 66th minute, Nike Hypervenom Phantom, Neo Lime/Black
Peter Crouch, Stoke City, 70th minute, PUMA PowerCat 1.12 SL, Black/Fluo Yellow/Blue
Crouch blasts home the simplest of goals to collect three huge points
He’s lanky. He’s awkward. His goals aren’t always the prettiest (though he had a Goal of the Season contender against Manchester City in 2012), but Peter Crouch has a knack for popping up and chipping in at the right time.
The former England international and experienced Premier League campaigner found himself in the perfect place to grab three points for the Potters. Four minutes after conceding a soft equalizer amid defensive confusion, Stoke’s U.S. right back Geoff Cameron played in a hopeful cross that was bungled between defender Chris Herd and goalkeeper Brad Guzan. The ever-alert Crouch saw the ball fall to his feet and rocketed it into the open net from point-blank range.
It was a classic Crouch performance as his knockdown header set up Charlie Adam for Stoke’s first strike. All in all, a solid shift for Crouch.
West Bromwich Albion 1 Hull City 1, The Hawthorns
Jake Livermore, Hull City, 28th minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black
Metej Vydra, West Bromwich Albion, 86th minute, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Electro Purple/Volt Black
Vydra’s debut goal gives the Baggies a much needed draw
Talk about picking a good time to score your first goal for your new club. Metej Vydra was on hand to steal a point for the Baggies. The Czech player, who spent last season on loan at Watford from Udinese, gave interim manager Keith Downing a solid start.
Fellow substitute Zoltan Gera played in Vydra to guide the ball home and help West Brom end their four game losing streak.
- Sunday, Dec. 22
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Southampton 2, St Mary’s Stadium
Adam Lallana, Southampton, 13th minute, PUMA evoSPEED 1.2, Blackberry Cordial/Fluo Orange/Fluo Pink
Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham Hotspur, 25th and 64th minutes, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Neo Lime/Metallic Silver/Polarized Blue
Jos Hooiveld, Southampton, 54th minute own goal, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Volt/Black/Green Glow
Rickie Lambert, Southampton, 59th minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Volt/Black/Green Glow
Abedayor rewards Sherwood’s trust with a game-winning double
Left in the cold by Andre Villas-Boas, Emmanuel Adebayor is a man reborn under the guidance of Tim Sherwood. The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid man who hails from Togo notched a precious double on Sunday.
His second, a fine left-footed striker’s finish after wayward Saints defending from a simple throw in, gave Spurs the win and on Monday brought Sherwood an 18-month appointment in charge, removing his “caretaker” label.
Adebayor now has three goals in two games under Sherwood and the boss’ permanent appointment could pave the way for a rapid resurgence.
Everton 2 Swansea City 1, Liberty Stadium
Seamus Coleman, Everton, 66th minute, Nike Tiempo Legend V, Desert Sand/Atomic Orange/Black
Bryan Oviedo, Everton, 70th minute own goal, Nike Mercurial Vapor IX, Volt/Black/Bright Citrus
Ross Barkley, Everton, 84th minute, Nike CTR360 Maestri III, Atomic Orange/Total Orange/Black
Everton wins with a free kick that was all Barkley and plenty of bite
Sporting a freshly shaven head and the newest Nike CTR360 Maestri III colorway, Ross Barkley continued to show Sunday why many in England believe the 20-year-old will represent the Three Lions in Brazil.
After Bryan Oviedo was unlucky to concede an own goal that cancelled out Seamus Coleman’s long-distance drive, Barkley stepped up to rifle in a free kick from 25 yards that moved from right to left before grazing the crossbar and flying into the goal. It was well worthy of winning the match, and, indeed, it did.
Which goal was your favorite of Week 17? Let’s have a chat about it in the comments section below.