5 of the Best: Chips, lobs and scoops
Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when the-AFC.com looks back at some of the finest goals the AFC Champions League has witnessed during its rich history, with the latest '5 of the Best' taking in chips, lobs and scoops.
Following on from the opening four editions – acrobatic goals, solo goals, volleys and long-range stunners – this week's compilation sees beautifully executed finishes from Saudi giants Al Ittihad and Al Hilal as well as entrants from FC Seoul, Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Guangzhou Evergrande, so sit back and enjoy!
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Manaf Abushgeer – Al Ittihad
vs Shandong Luneng, September 21, 2005
Defending champions Al Ittihad played out a 1-1 draw away at China PR's Shandong Luneng in the first leg of the 2005 semi-final before producing a goal fest in the return meeting in Jeddah.
The pick of the bunch was Manaf Abushgeer's delicate chip over goalkeeper Yang Cheng which nestled beautifully in the bottom left corner to delight the home support en route to a 7-2 victory.
Abdulaziz Al Dawsari – Al Hilal
vs Al Ittihad, May 24, 2011
Al Ittihad also feature in our second entry but this time, six years later, they were on the receiving end as Al Hilal's Abdulaziz Al Dawsari produced some marvelous skill just outside the area then sent a perfect chip into the Al Ittihad goal.
As good as the goal was, however, it mattered little as Al Ittihad were already three up in the one-legged Round of 16 clash and Al Dawsari's fine effort proved little more than a consolation in a 3-1 loss.
Ha Dae-sung – FC Seoul
vs Esteghlal, October 2, 2013
It's a goal that has been played over and over again ever since, and rightly so, as not only did Ha Dae-sung silence the near 90,000 inside Tehran's Azadi Stadium in the 2013 semi-final, he also put FC Seoul well on their way towards the final with a perfectly executed chip.
After a dream of a first touch to lose his marker, Ha turned on the edge of the area to face a sea of blue, yet quick thinking saw the midfielder lift the ball over the Esteghlal defence as well as the outstretched goalkeeper Mehdi Rahmati into the top left corner to put his side a goal up on the night and three goals to the good on aggregate.
Naoki Ishihara – Sanfrecce Hiroshima
vs Western Sydney Wanderers, May 7, 2014
Naoki Ishihara had already put hosts Sanfrecce Hiroshima a goal up in the 2014 Round of 16 clash against Western Sydney Wanderers but better was to come from the forward as he produced a moment of magic soon after.
When the ball broke to Ishihara in the box, two Wanderers defenders appeared to be obscuring his sight of goal, yet he dinked the ball between them and over the despairing goalkeeper Ante Covic with a sumptuous effort.
Ricardo Goulart – Guangzhou Evergrande
vs Jeju United, March 6, 2018
Ricardo Goulart had already completed his hat-trick as Guangzhou Evegrande fought back from two goals down against Jeju United when he rounded off his four-goal haul in style.
Bearing down on goal and with 'keeper Lee Chang-geun just a few yards off his line, the Brazilian scooped the ball up and over the custodian with a finish that brought the Tianhe Stadium faithful to their feet in a 5-3 win.
Vote for your favourite goal below (Poll ends at 1600 (UTC 8) on April 24).
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