Vote for your best goal of the ACL 2019 group stage!
Kuala Lumpur: With the group stage of the 2019 AFC Champions League now done and dusted, the-AFC.com looks back at the six Allianz Goal of the Week winners and invites you to pick your overall favourite via a public vote on the official website.
From Islom Tukhtakhodjaev’s fabulous free-kick at the beginning to Mahdi Torabi’s scorcher from distance at the end, join us in reviewing six stunning strikes and select the one you believe to be the best at the bottom of the article.
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1. Islom Tukhtakhodjaev (Lokomotiv vs Al Wahda)
With hosts Lokomotiv a goal to the good and the match in stoppage time, Tukhtakhodjaev rounded the game off in style with a sumptuous free-kick from 20 yards that clipped the bar on the way in and sent the fans home with something to remember.
2. Alaa Abbas (Al Zawraa vs Al Wasl)
Karbala International Stadium was packed to the rafters to see the first-ever AFC Champions League game played in Iraq, and they were brought to their feet when Abbas cut in from the left before a wonderful effort from distance to put his side two up in a 5-0 victory.
3. Shojae Khalilzadeh (Persepolis vs Al Ahli)
Iranian champions Persepolis were scoreless with Al Ahli on Matchday Three when defender Khalilzadeh showed superb agility to adjust his body and acrobatically scissor-kick home the opening goal from just inside the area in a 2-0 win.
4. Sebastian Giovinco (Al Hilal vs Esteghlal)
A clash of Continental giants was won by a moment of class by Giovinco, with the Italian collecting the ball 20 yards from goal just after half-time, taking one touch and arrowing past goalkeeper Hossein Hosseini to claim all three points.
5. Kim Dae-won (Daegu FC vs Melbourne Victory)
Although they missed out on the last 16, AFC Champions League debutants Daegu FC were a breath of fresh air in the tournament, and Kim’s curling left-foot effort from just outside the corner of the penalty area in a 4-0 victory over Melbourne Victory was one of a number of highlights.
6. Mahdi Torabi (Persepolis vs Al Sadd)
Persepolis may not have scaled the heights of their 2018 runners-up campaign but Torabi’s rocket from 30 yards in a 2-0 win against Al Sadd at least helped round off their tournament on a high – on Xavi’s final game as a professional footballer, no less.
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