Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona: Veteran striker Aritz Aduriz stuns La Liga champions with incredible overhead kick

17 Aug

Aritz Aduriz netted a spectacular overhead kick to condemn Barcelona to a 1-0 defeat on the opening night of the new La Liga season.

The 38-year-old forward, who will retire at the end of the season, had only been on the pitch for a minute when he met Ander Capa’s cross with an acrobatic volley to bag a sensational 89th-minute winner at San Mames.

Aduriz rolled back the years
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The strike will take some beating in La Liga this season
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Defending champions Barca were without star man Lionel Messi, who is recovering from a calf injury, and were dealt a further blow when Luis Suarez was forced off with an apparent calf issue of his own late in the first half.

Suarez had squandered Barca’s best chance of the match, hitting the left-hand post after receiving a misplaced backpass in the penalty area, but it was Bilbao who looked most likely to make the breakthrough for much of the opening period, with Inaki Williams looking especially dangerous.

Bilbao sat deeper in the second half, inviting pressure from a Barca attack that had previously proved impotent.

However, Ernesto Valverde’s side, featuring debutants Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong, were unable to find a way through and Aduriz – an 88th-minute replacement for Williams – settled the encounter in sublime fashion.

Griezmann’s debut did not go to plan
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The match appeared destined for a goalless draw, however, until Aduriz kicked off his farewell campaign with a stunning volley that will take some beating in LaLiga this season.

The result ends a decade-long run of the Catalan giants winning their opening game of the season.

Top goalscorers in Europe: Which strikers are over/under performing their expected goals, including Messi, Kane, Salah, and Ronaldo

9 Apr

All top goalscorers go through runs of good and bad form – even Lionel Messi has an off day, just not that often.

But some superstars, despite their impressive goal tallies don’t hit the back of the net as often as they should, while others get way more than they realistically should.

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against Atletico Madrid.

It’s no surprise Barcelona ace Messi out performs most statistical models so expected goals (xG) is no match for the astonishingly good Argentine.

Since 2014/15, he’s netted 173 league goals but, according to OPTA’s xG model he should only have 131.78 – still a good number but to get 41.22 goals more is a sign of true greatness, especially given it’s over a period of four-and-a-half seasons.

But what about the rest of the top 30 goalscorers in Europe? Find out who over and under perform their expected goals total below.

What is expected goals?

  • Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match.
  • Every single shot is awarded an xG value based on the difficulty of the attempt, with factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders present affecting the value.
  • The higher the xG of a particular shot, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.
  • The xG value of every shot in a game is then used to calculate the expected goals in a particular match.
How the top 30 goalscorers in Europe compare to their ‘Expected Goals’.