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AFC Champions League: Best Long-Range Goals of 2020


Kuala Lumpur: Our search for the Best Goals of the 2020 AFC Champions League continues this week with a selection of long-range goals.

As the kick-off date for the historic 2021 edition approaches, the-AFC.com looks back at the 2020 tournament which turned out to be a thrilling affair despite the challenging circumstances.

We kicked off the series in style with fans voting Persepolis FC's Mehdi Abdi Qara as the winner of the Best Headers of 2020, while Ramin Rezaeian of Al Duhail was crowned the winner of the Best Free-kicks of 2020.

Our next instalment looks at the fabulous goals scored from distance and invites you, the fan, to tell us which was your favourite.

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Abdulrahman Al Obaid
Al Nassr vs Al Sadd SC, Matchday One

Abdulrahman Al Obaid (Al Nassr v Al Sadd)

Al Nassr took the lead through Abderazzak Hamdallah but Al Sadd fought back as Al Nassr's Abdulelah Al Amri scored an own goal and Hassan Al Haydos then put the Qatari side ahead.

However, left-back Abdulrahman Al Obaid came to Al Nassr's rescue when he pounced on a poor defensive clearance to unleash a powerful drive into the top corner for a share of the points.


Abdullah Al Ahrak
Sharjah vs Al Duhail SC, Matchday Four

Abdullah Al Ahrak (Sharjah v Al Duhail)

Al Duhail needed just 12 minutes to open the scoring as Almoez Ali outmuscled his marker, controlled the ball off a long pass and set up Abdullah Al Ahrak who cut inside from the right flank and unleashed a powerful drive from all of 25 yards that nestled into the roof of Adel Al Hosani's net.


A Lan
FC Seoul vs Beijing FC, Matchday One

A Lan (FC Seoul v Beijing FC)

It took just eight minutes for Beijing to go ahead, when a dawdling Seoul FC needlessly coughed up possession in their defensive third and Brazilian midfielder Fernando duly made them pay, finding the back of the net with the aid of a deflection.

But just as Seoul looked to be mounting a revival, Beijing’s quality shone through once more in the 60th minute, when A Lan curled in a classy second goal of the match from the edge of the penalty area.


Theerathon Bunmathan
Yokohama F. Marinos FC vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC, Matchday Five

Theerathon Bunmathan (Yokohama F. Marinos v Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)

Theerathon Bunmathan's blistering strike against two-time champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors was his standout moment in an excellent all-round display.

The 30-year-old left-back opened the scoring in the 17th minute at Al Janoub Stadium with a stunning effort from distance that left Jeonbuk 'keeper Song Beom-keun rooted to the spot to set the tone, before three goals in the second half sent the 2006 and 2016 winners Jeonbuk crashing out of the tournament.


Han Suk-jong
Yokohama F. Marinos vs Suwon Samsung Bluewings, Round of 16

Han Suk-jong (Yokohama F. Marinos v Suwon Samsung Bluewings)

Suwon Samsung Bluewings came from behind to earn a 3-2 win over Yokohama F. Marinos at Khalifa International Stadium and book their place in the 2020 AFC Champions League quarter-finals.

Suwon sealed their quarter-final berth in style as Han Suk-jong scored the pick of the goals three minutes from time. The midfielder spotted an opportunity and took matters into his own hands, stealing possession at the halfway line and lobbing the goalkeeper from all of 50 yards.


Junior Negrao
Ulsan Hyundai FC vs Beijing FC, Quarter-finals

Junior Negrao (Ulsan Hyundai FC v Beijing FC)

Having already netted a penalty for Ulsan Hyundai FC, Brazilian striker Júnior Negrao this time showed his quality from much further out in the 42nd minute - sending a scorching strike past Beijing goalkeeper Hou Sen from all of 30 yards for his second goal of the match, his fourth of the tournament and his 30th of the season in all competitions.

Poll ends at 17:00 (UTC+8) on March 6.

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