5 of the Best: Long-range goals
Kuala Lumpur: Goals, goals and more goals as the-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' series returns with another compilation of wondrous strikes from the Continent's premier club competition.
Over the past few weeks, we have highlighted some of the finest acrobatic goals, solo goals and volleys as we look back on the moments that have got fans out of their seats. The latest edition of '5 of the Best' showcases stunning strikes from distance, so stand by for some screamers!
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Andranik Teymourian – Esteghlal
vs Buriram United, September 18, 2013
Often referred to as the Thunder Castle, Buriram Stadium will have unlikely witnessed a strike more thunderous than Esteghlal's Andranik Teymourian's rocket in the 2013 quarter-finals.
With the second leg into added time and the Iranians all but assured of their place in the semi-finals, Teymourian turned his marker and unleashed an unstoppable strike that flew into the top corner to seal a 3-1 aggregate win.
Ikromjom Alibaev – Lokomotiv
vs Al Wahda, February 12, 2018
Ikromjon Alibaev has a habit of producing wonder-goals but the one against the UAE's Al Wahda in the 2018 group stage takes some beating; great touch, quick thinking, precision and the ability to execute the seemingly impossible.
After a nonchalant touch round his marker, the Lokomotiv midfielder spots 'keeper Rashed Ali off his line and from inside his own half delivers a perfectly weighted effort that sailed over the despairing custodian to put the Uzbeks two up in a 5-0 win.
Lee Chang-min – Jeju United
vs Gamba Osaka, March 1, 2017
K League side Jeju United pulled off some memorable results in 2017 in what remains their only AFC Champions League appearance, with a 4-1 win at former champions Gamba Osaka arguably the highlight.
The visitors were already three up when Lee Chang-min raced into the Gamba half, saw goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi out of position and curled in a delightful effort from 45 yards that looks even better on the replay.
Mahdi Torabi – Persepolis
vs Al Sadd, May 20, 2019
If you're going to pick a moment to score the best goal of your career, Xavi's send-off as a professional fits the bill. The pre-match talk of the 2019 group stage match between Persepolis and Al Sadd focused on the Spaniard's final game before hanging up his boots, but the Azadi Stadium crowd left talking about Mahdi Torabi.
There seemed little danger when the Iranian international received the ball 35 yards from goal, but the midfielder let fly with an unstoppable shot that flew past 'keeper Saad Al Sheeb in the Al Sadd goal and surely left his retiring counterpart suitably impressed.
Abdelkarim Hassan – Al Sadd
vs Lokomotiv, March 17, 2015
Another man with an eye for the spectacular is the 2018 AFC Player of the Year Abdelkarim Hassan, who is worthy of his own personal showreel of great goals. The left-back's strike against Lokomotiv in 2015 is up there with his finest.
Al Sadd were 4-1 up and cruising when Hassan intercepted the ball in his own half, drove forward in typical fashion, spotted the goalkeeper off his line and sent a beautiful chip from fully 45 yards over Mamur Okramov's head before celebrating in style.
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