Kitchee's Cheng voted winner of ACL2018 Goal of the Group Stage
Kuala Lumpur: After over 80,000 votes from Asia’s football fans on the-AFC.com, Kitchee SC’s Cheng Chin Lung has emerged the winner of the 2018 AFC Champions League Goal of the Group Stage.
The 20-year-old hit the headlines on Matchday Four with a dramatic late goal against Japan’s Kashiwa Reysol, in a moment that clearly captured the imagination of those who follow the continental competition as the fine effort earned 73 percent of the vote to win the poll.
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In the below, we review Cheng’s winner and the other five nominees, with the full results of the poll at the end of the article.
Goal of the Week Matchday One: Ikromjon Alibaev (Lokomotiv)
This sensational effort from the halfway line made global headlines, and it was justifiably chosen as the 2018 AFC Champions League's first Goal of the Week with 49% of the vote.
Goal of the Week Matchday Two: Taiseer Al Jassam (Al Ahli)
Goal of the Week Matchday Three: Abdullah Al Zori (Al Hilal)
Last year's finalists Al Hilal shockingly went out in the Group Stage this year, but Abdullah Al Zori's fine goal is at least one good memory to look back on from this campaign. It earned 90% of the vote to win the Matchday Three Goal of the Week.
Goal of the Week Matchday Four: Cheng Chin Lung (Kitchee SC)
The Kitchee SC youngster made history with this wonderful winner against Kashiwa Reysol. The last-gasp rocket gave Hong Kong their first ever win in the AFC Champions League - the milestone reflected in Cheng winning 76% of the over 15,500 votes cast in Matchday Four.
Goal of the Week Matchday Five: Mohannad Aseri (Al Ahli)
Goal of the Week Matchday Six: Moamen Zakaria (Al Ahli)
Finishing off our list, is Al Ahli's third vote winner. Moamen Zakaria's ride to the Goal of the Week wasn't as straight forward as his clubmates, though, with Omar Abdulrahman's free-kick pushing him all the way. Nevertheless, a 57% share of the vote proved enough for the Egyptian.
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