All Hail The Euros: Vice Sports UK Goals Of The Week

With Euro 2016 just around the corner, here are the best pre-tournament goals of the past week.
June 3, 2016, 4:02pm

With Euro 2016 kicking off next week, anticipation is building up and down the country. This could be England's tournament; this could be the year that our lads finally take a major competition by storm. Then again, England could well crash out at the group stage having slumped to consecutive defeats to Russia and Wales in their opening two fixtures, but let's not dwell on that distinct possibility.


Instead, let's warm up for the Euros with a quick look at the three best goals from the past week. Spoiler: none of them were scored by England.


Man like Rosicky
— Ğ (@Mxnreal) June 1, 2016

With Arsène Wenger neglecting to give him a romantic final run-out at the Emirates, Arsenal fans were denied the chance to bid farewell to Tomáš Rosicky. Though injuries blighted the latter stages of his career, the man dubbed "Little Mozart" leaves his former supporters with many a fond memory, not least of that time he fired an absolute howitzer past Hugo Lloris at White Hart Lane.

Let's take this opportunity to savour Rosický's rarified skills, then. Playing for the Czech Republic against Russia in a pre-tournament friendly on Wednesday evening, he latched onto a knock down on the edge of the box before volleying low into the bottom corner. It took control, patience and supreme technique, traits for which Rosický will be fondly remembered in North London.


Though France are firm favourites to win the Euros on home soil, they looked laboured against Cameroon on Monday night. The scores were locked at 2-2 going into the final minute of the game, before Les Bleus won a free kick roughly 25 yards out on the right. Up stepped Dimitri Payet, and a moment later, the stadium roared in unison.

Despite the distance and the difficult angle, Payet curled his free kick effortlessly past Fabrice Ondoa. Pinging off the inside of the post, the ball came to nestle in the back of the net. After watching Olivier Giroud blast chances into orbit for 90 minutes, the outpouring of relief from the stands was understandable.


If that doesn't guarantee Payet a place in France's starting line-up, nothing will.


Though Spain's match against South Korea on Wednesday was basically a walkover, David Silva managed to produce a scintillating set piece of his own. Shooting from a similar distance to Payet, he smashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner before lapping up the praise of teammates and fans alike.

The appreciation didn't stop there, unfortunately. On seeing the ball hit the back of the net, one of the game's co-commentators unleashed a torrent of erotic howls which was enough to make us want to hide away in a dark room for the duration of the game. Sexy football!