Kuala Lumpur: Our tribute to the Best Goals of the 2020 AFC Champions League continues this week with a selection of team 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, Ramin Rezaeian of Al Duhail topped the Best Free-kicks of 2020, while Al Nassr's Abdulrahman Al Obaid won the Best Long-Range Goals of 2020.
Our next instalment looks at the fabulous goals scored from collective effort and invites you, the fan, to tell us which was your favourite.
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Al Nassr vs Al Sadd SC, Matchday One
Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr romped to a quick start at the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Stadium, taking the lead inside seven minutes through Abderazzak Hamdallah.
The Moroccan striker found space inside the Al Sadd box to receive Yahya Al Shehri’s through pass after a series of exchanges to bury the ball in the back of the net.
Al Ahli Saudi FC vs Al Shorta, Matchday Three
Despite a lively start at Khalifa International Stadium, the tie was headed for a stalemate with both teams firing blanks in the first 45 minutes.
However, with just four minutes to go, Al Ahli finally found a breakthrough as former Chelsea winger Marko Marin drove into the heart of the Al Shorta defence before an exchange of passes inside the box saw Abdulrahman Ghareeb set up the German with the goal at his mercy. Marin kept his composure to slot home from six yards out to win it for Al Ahli.
Sharjah vs Al Duhail SC, Matchday Four
With the score 2-1 in Sharjah's favour, Al Duhail restored parity in the 70th minute.
Defender Ahmed Yasser sent a cross-field pass that was nodded on by Mohammad Muntari into the path of Almoez Ali, with the Al Duhail captain controlling the ball before launching a half-volleyed effort from an angle that hit the upright on its way in to make it 2-2.
Ado Onaiwu Yokohama F. Marinos vs Shanghai SIPG FC, Matchday Four
Yokohama F. Marinos were trailing 1-0 when Ado Onaiwu made amends for missing the target earlier from close range. The 25-year-old Onaiwu got a second chance in the 21st minute and he made no mistake, sweeping home Teruhito Nakagawa’s cross in off the goalkeeper to restore parity.
Shanghai Shenhua FC vs Perth Glory, Matchday Five
A pair of superb free-kicks from Bruno Fornaroli and Carlo Armiento had Perth Glory in sight of their first ever win in the competition, only for Shanghai Shenhua to come roaring back.
Any expectation that Perth’s first AFC Champions League win would come easily was quickly dismissed when Giovanni Moreno pulled a goal back for Shenhua in the 62nd minute, with the Colombian star climbing the highest to head home Cao Yunding’s cross.
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