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Bayern and Alves star, Samuelsen uses head

Published: Friday 30 September 2011, 9.21CET
The exploits of FC Bayern München and Diego Alves feature in our weekly review along with a 57m headed goal, Luis Ibáñez with a paintbrush and an Iker Casillas mea culpa.
by Paul Saffer

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Published: Friday 30 September 2011, 9.21CET

Bayern and Alves star, Samuelsen uses head

The exploits of FC Bayern München and Diego Alves feature in our weekly review along with a 57m headed goal, Luis Ibáñez with a paintbrush and an Iker Casillas mea culpa.

Team: FC Bayern München
Bayern had a rare season without a trophy in 2010/11 but if they keep up their form so far this term under new coach Jupp Heynckes that should be put right by May. Since opening the Bundesliga by losing 1-0 at home to VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern have won ten competitive matches in a row with a total of 28 unanswered goals, capping that run on Tuesday with their 2-0 dismissal of much-fancied Manchester City FC with two first-half Mario Gomez strikes, his tenth and 11th in seven appearances. "The whole team played completely flawlessly in the second half," Heynckes said.

Player: Diego Alves (Valencia CF)
Alves has only made two competitive appearances for Valencia since joining from relegated UD Almería in the summer, both in his maiden UEFA Champions League campaign. The first was a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw at KRC Genk and the second came on Wednesday, a brilliant display as Chelsea FC were held 1-1 at Mestalla. Petr Čech was impressed, telling "The most decisive moments of the game came from Diego". Alves himself said: "I know that if I pull off saves my team-mates get confidence and it inspires them. But if the rest of the guys hadn't worked so hard then my saves wouldn't have earned us a result."

Goal: Jone Samuelsen (Odd Grenland)
A move from the UEFA Champions League to the Norwegian Premier Division, and an extraordinary goal from Samuelsen against title contenders Tromsø IL. A Grenland defensive clearance was returned by Tromsø and fell to Samuelsen inside his own half. The 26-year-old met the ball with his head and with the Tromsø goalkeeper out of position, Samuelsen's effort flew in to complete a 3-1 win. According to Grenland coach Tore Andersen, the 57.3m distance is a record, while Samuelsen admitted: "I could say that I was trying to score, but that would not be true. It was a punt, in fact, and I didn't see that the ball was going into the goal or that the Tromsø goalkeeper was not there."

"We'll kick the ball out of play and hope for the best. Let's see if we can get the ball into their half first."
FC BATE Borisov midfielder Filipp Rudik ahead of Wednesday's game with FC Barcelona. In the end the two teams shared five goals, but Barcelona took more than their fair share.

Number: 21
The Ivan Tričkovski goal that briefly put APOEL FC ahead in the 1-1 draw at FC Shakhtar Dontesk and took the Cypriot side top of Group G was their 23rd of the season, and the 21st to be scored in the second half.

Goal celebration: Freddy (AC Omonia)
When the Omonia striker scored against Anorthosis Famagusta FC on Sunday, he produced the latest in a long line of Hollywood-themed celebrations, running to the bench to don a Darth Vader mask; when at AEL Limassol FC, Freddy's jubilatory face-wear was from the film Scary Movie. Sadly the Force was strong in the referee, who booked the Angolan striker, although he did have the consolation of appearing on the front page of all the Cypriot sport papers.

Clothes horse: Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona)
The Barcelona defender, a rather comely individual even if we do say so ourselves, has something of a sideline as a model but despite his "hobby" it turns out he is no self-stylist. "I let [leading recording artiste] Shakira guide me when dressing," he told FHM magazine. "Women have always had more style than men, at least when it comes to clothes and even though lately guys are improving in that sense it's always good to have the opinion of your partner." Sadly, the Waka Waka sensation was not present to prevent Piqué being snapped by Cesc Fàbregas dozily ticking his lips with a rolled up piece of paper on the flight to play BATE, though the image made only a fleeting appearance on the midfielder's twitter feed.

Public service: GNK Dinamo Zagreb
Dinamo trio Sammir, Luis Ibáñez and Mario Šitum warmed up for their 2-0 defeat at Olympique Lyonnais by picking up brushes to help paint an underpass in Zagreb as part of the 'For a more beautiful city' scheme. "Last time I had experience with painting was nine years ago when I needed to deal with my bike at home in Argentina," said Ibáñez, while for Sammir it was his debut. "I have always run from that kind of work, I never did anything like this. But I must say it's interesting."

Keeping it real: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF)
Ensuring Madrid kept a clean sheet with a wonderful one-handed save to deny Jan Vertonghen in the 3-0 win against AFC Ajax on Tuesday, Casillas was earlier keen to announce via his Facebook page that "nobody is perfect". Inspired by an early error which handed Rayo Vallecano de Madrid a first-minute lead last weekend, the Spain No1 subsequently posted several videos of his past mistakes. "I am trying to show that the best thing you can do when you fail is to take it with a sense of humour," he explained. "I am human. A warm embrace young ones. There are various other errors but I couldn't find those, or maybe didn't want to! Ha ha ha ha."

Sentiment: Dries Mertens (PSV Eindhoven)
No side to this one, just a heart-warming tale to finish. Mertens has been superb since his summer move from FC Utrecht with 11 goals from seven Eredivisie matches, including four in the 7-1 defeat of Roda JC on Saurday, already beating his tally from last term. But the 24-year-old's thoughts were with old Utrecht colleague Mihai Neșu, still paralysed after breaking his neck in training in May. "All my goals were for Mihai Neșu and after the match he sent me a text message to congratulate me with my four goals," Mertens said.

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