Pray For the Defenders

Last week’s top soccer moments

By Dan Stelly | Photo via Persian Football


Sporting KC’s Krisztián Németh left two Portland Timbers defenders on the ground before finishing off his run with a fine strike. [Source: Gfycat]


Willian scored his FOURTH free kick in four games with a vicious curler against Southampton. [Source: Streamable]


We are gathered here today to pay our last tributes to Branislav Ivanović. Dušan Tadić’s silky skill summed up the day for Chelsea’s back line. [Source: Gfycat]


Kevin De Bruyne’s lofted volley was the icing on Manchester City’s emphatic victory over Newcastle. [Source: Streamable]


Nikola Kalinić’s sublime, outside-of-the-boot pass found Johan Verdú, who made no mistake with his volleyed effort. [Source: Imgur]


When Mesut Özil turns it on, he turns it on. This no-look flick was one of his best moments in Arsenal’s rout of Manchester United. [Source: Gfycat]


Well, then. Barcelona’s kids are alright. [Source: Gfycat]


We’re not sure how much luck played a part in Juan Mata’s backheel flick, but Chris Smalling didn’t mess around with the finish. [Source: Streamable]