There are weekends that football is unkind to us. Sometimes we have to sit through a dour defeat for our team and then, in the other games we choose to take in, through dreadful 0-0 draws or desperate defensive displays.
If you were a sane, rational person you would probably not come back for more. But as football fans sanity and lucid judgement are generally not our strong points. The next weekend we will return to our seat at the ground or in front of the telly, begging for another fix.
Then it will come. A slew of those magical moments, a double dose of our chosen drug, that remind us why we dedicate so much time and effort to watching people run around trying to kick a ball between/under some sticks. This weekend the Brazilian state championships delivered the goods.
The very existence of the state leagues, of course, is a point of much debate. But I shan’t go into that now. Just enjoy the bloody goals.
First, a smart effort from Palmeiras’ Miguel Borja, who started this move before finishing it off with aplomb.
Next up, a delightful dinked number from veteran front man Ricardo Oliveira. Note the defence-splitting through-ball from Venezuelan midfielder Romulo Otero, who appears to have a magic wand attached to the end of his right leg.
And here’s a scorcher from Vasco da Gama youngster Bruno Cosendey, another player off the seemingly infinite Colina production line, which put a fitting end to a silky move.
Rhodolfo, the Flamengo centre-half who normally plays like he’s wearing concrete clogs, produced this thunderbolt from the blue to give the rubro-negro a 1-0 victory over Nova Iguaçu.
This magnificent number is a textbook example of the ‘I saw the keeper off his line and…” genre, brought to you by Denilson, currently on loan from Granada CF at Vitória. The goal came with a celebration to match.
Finally, and I’ve saved the best ’til last here, Uruguayan forward Giorgian De Arrascaeta provided us with this. My words cannot do it justice, sometimes we can merely watch and admire.
And, just as a little bonus, De Arrascaeta’s stupendous strike has been widely compared to this goal from Bebeto for Brazil against Argentina from 1989. Whisper it, but I think the cover version is even better than the original.