For those paying attention (which at this point is probably only those lower league French footballers who are also looking to bask in the glory), you’ll know that yesterday’s winner came from the relative obscurity of the Finnish Cup. Someone else was definitely paying attention however as earlier today when SJK Akatemia took on VPS in the same competition, one player took it upon himself to make it two victories out of two for Finland. Joonas Vahtera (he of not the Joonas brothers fame) managed to bag himself four goals in a remarkable 7-3 away victory for VPS. While it feels harsh saying that it’s not enough when you’ve quite literally scored a hat trick and then some, the lad is only 21, we’re sure he’ll get over it.
Not only are we here at The Beermat fans of bagfuls of goals, we’re also giddy as anything when it comes to former Premier League mainstays reminding us that they’re still going. In the case of Dimitri Payet, he fell foul of Spurs legend/cult figure/well he was there and gave an insightful interview the once Benoit Assou Ekotto. Metz’s performance against Marseille may lead to many angry West Ham fans proclaiming him their BAE but we doubt it. The Cameroonian international laid the groundwork with three blocks and twice as many clearances as any of his teammates for the smash and grab upset while Payet and former BPITWT winner Bafetimi Gomis were forced to accept the defeat. How the mighty have fallen.
Today’s actual award winner is something of a similar story, only without the names you recognise (for better or for worse). Hannover 96 were unbeaten in fourteen games before tonight. Looking to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack of VfB Stuttgart and Eintracht Braunschweig, they came up against a formidable force in the shape of midtable Greuther Fuerth with only one win in their last five to their name. Football being football of course the unexpected became the inevitable but it is rather the manner of their victory for which we are handing over the award. Fuerth don’t score more than one often (once in their last seven games) and the last time they bagged three in a game was in August of last year. So for them to score four against the leaders, themselves in seemingly unstoppable form, it is only right that we doff our proverbial cap and hand over our coveted award to two goal hero Serdar Dursun. Enjoy it while it lasts (for about an hour).
PS If Gruether Fuerth now go on an amazing run of goalscoring and get promoted, we’re definitely taking all the credit.