Kuala Lumpur: The-AFC.com's '5 of the Best' spotlight returns to AFC Champions League action this week as we highlight goals that are far more about the collective than the individual.
With a selection that is sure to stir up domestic rivalries, we bring you goals from three of the biggest teams in Saudi Arabia and a pair of Japanese giants with moves that were perfected on the training ground before being played out under the floodlights. After reviewing the five teams goals, vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article.
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Wesley – Al Hilal
vs Al Ain, April 23, 2013
Kicking this week off with a beauty from Al Hilal that sees club legends Mohammed Al Shalhoub and Yasser Al Qahtani heavily involved and is finished by Wesley with what was his only AFC Champions League goal for the Saudi giants.
Al Shalhoub passes to Nawaf Al Abed who does well to find Wesley and the Brazilian then plays a lovely give-and-go with Al Qahtani before coolly finishing past Mahmood Al Tenaiji to put the Saudis two goals to the good in a 2-0 win.
Hiroyuki Abe – Gamba Osaka
vs Guangzhou R&F, April 22, 2015
Gamba Osaka went two up against Guangzhou R&F in this 2015 group stage match with a move of genuine quality that their Chinese opponents had no answer for in a game that saw the J.League side score five without reply.
Working the ball down the left, neat play by Hiroki Fujihari gets it to Takashi Usami, whose inch-perfect outside-of-the-boot cross is knocked down by Patric and sent into the back of the net by Hiroyuki Abe.
Giuliano – Al Nassr
vs Al Zawraa, April 8, 2019
At 3-1 up against Al Zawraa and with the game into stoppage time, Al Nassr already had the three points in the bag as they marched towards their first win of the 2019 group stage before they rounded the match off in style.
Winning the ball back in their own penalty area, the Riyadh giants strung an incredible 21 passes together to eventually work it to Giuliano at the other end of the pitch and the Brazilian gave the move the finish it deserved.
Leandro Damião – Kawasaki Frontale
vs Shanghai SIPG, May 7, 2019
As ever with Kawasaki Frontale patience is key as they move the ball from one end of the field to the other, but when they see the opening they hit Shanghai SIPG where it hurts to level the scores in this group stage tie.
Ryota Oshima dummies, Leandro Damião swivels before Oshima returns it to the Brazilian. With plenty still to do a silky touch gets him away from the defender before he finishes with aplomb. And to think they did it all without creator-in-chief Kengo Nakamura on the pitch.
Romarinho – Al Ittihad
vs Al Rayyan, May 7, 2019
One-touch football at its finest from Al Ittihad as the Jeddah club deliver the knockout blow that eliminated Al Rayyan from the 2019 competition with a move that was over just seconds after it began.
Faced with two walls of four, Al Ittihad zigzag their way through the Qatari defence, with Carlos Villanueva producing a sumptuous touch and Romarinho rounding off the sequence with a cute little dink over goalkeeper Fahad Younis.
Vote for your favourite goal below (Poll ends at 1600 (UTC 8) on August 13).
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