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WONDER GOALS: Daniels (B’Mouth vs. Man City) vs. Sigurdsson (Everton vs. Hajduk)

Both players scored the most improbable goals in a exciting week of European football.

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In a week that has seen the incredible Floyd Mayweather give Conor McGregor a schooling in boxing, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Charlie Daniels have turned heroes for the football world.

Charlie Daniels, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton, Bournemouth, Premier League

Both players notched spectacular goals that will give soccer fans – especially those of Everton and Bournemouth respectively – something to purr about for weeks to come.

Sigurdsson was the first off the mark, announcing his arrival at Everton with an eye-popping 50-yard half-volley against Hajduk Split in their Europa League qualifier on Thursday.

It was a simply amazing goal, and not just because of the sheer level of skill it took for the Icelander to execute it.

Sigurdsson vs. Split | Everton | UEL 24/08/17

It was the second (away) leg of Everton’s UEL qualifier, and the Toffees had been pegged back by a Hajduk goal just before half-time.

The aggregate score was 2-1 in Everton’s favor but the Croatian minnows, buoyed by their home crowd, were pushing.

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Then, literally seconds into the second half, Sigurdsson dispossessed a Hajduk defender a few yards from the right touchline and half-way line.

The ball was up in the air and getting away from the Everton record signing but he stretched, meeting it with a sumptuous right-footed half-volley that caught the goalkeeper off his line in no man’s land.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton
Sigurdsson had to stretch to reach the ball as he scored his superb debut goal on his first start for Everton

It was an incredible strike from the £45m man, and so much so that he had to insistently explain to the Croatian press afterwards that he was indeed shooting to score, and not crossing.

“What did you think I was doing?” he smiled.

“Of course, I meant it! No I wasn’t trying to cross it because there was no-one there!

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton

“I pressed one of their defenders – either the left back or the centre half – and I managed to get a touch on it and the ball was in the air and I thought the keeper would be off his line. I didn’t look to see if he was but I expected him to be off his line because they were in possession of the ball.

“I don’t think there was much else on, I think Wayne was to my left somewhere so I just had a go on the goal and thankfully it went in.”

The game ended 1-1 with Everton securing Europa League qualification courtesy of a 3-1 aggregate score.

Charlie Daniels vs. Man City

Unlike Sigurdsson, Charlie Daniels’ heroics for Bournemouth against Man City could not clinch victory for his team.

Charlie Daniels, Bournemouth, Premier League

In fact, it failed to even get the Cherries a point,with Raheem Sterling scoring a dramatic injury-time winner to deny the determined hosts.

That does not take anything away from the fact that it was a ridiculous, almost unbelievable strike and scored by a defender no less.

Bournemouth started well at the Vitality, pressing Man City high and putting the visitors’ defence under pressure.

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Crosses and poor clearances saw the ball ping around the City area before it fell to the Bournemouth left-back just outside the 18-yard box.

Everything was against the 30-year-old – the angle, the distance and the crowd of bodies blocking his view of the goal.

Charlie Daniels vs. Man City | Bournemouth | EPL 26/07/17

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Daniels would not be thwarted, however, sending the ball into the top right-hand corner of the goal with a left-footed thunderbolt that crashed in off the underside of the crossbar. It was the kind of strike that Roberto Carlos himself would be proud of.

Joshua King and Benjamin Mendy, Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester City, Premier League
Says it all: The expression on the faces of Joshua King and Benjamin Mendy suggests Daniels’ strike was special

If luck is on football’s side, we might get a few more worldies on Sunday to cap off an exceptional week.

Twitter goes nuts over Charlie Daniels’ goal