Kuala Lumpur: Our tribute to the Best Goals of the 2020 AFC Champions League continues this week with a selection of clinical finishes.
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, Al Nassr's Abdulrahman Al Obaid won the Best Long-Range Goals, Abderrazak Hamdallah's strike against Qatar's Al Saad on Matchday One was voted as the winner of the Best Team Goals, Persepolis' Qara topped the Best Last Minute Goals while his teammate Hamed Lak won the Best Saves.
Our next instalment looks at the goals scored by clinical finishes and invites you, the fan, to tell us which was your favourite.
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Suwon Samsung Bluewings vs Vissel Kobe, Matchday Two
Neither side impressed for much of the 89 minutes before Kyogo Furuhashi claimed the only goal of the game, with Vissel Kobe being made to work much harder than they had seven days earlier by a Suwon Samsung Bluewings team playing their first game of the season.
Furuhashi’s 90th minute strike ensured the points went back to Japan when he slid in to direct Gotoku Sakai’s low cross from the left beyond a helpless No Dong-geon to keep Kobe perfect after their first two games.
Beijing FC vs FC Seoul, Matchday Five
Beijing FC missed a golden chance to take the lead through Renato Augusto, who narrowly sliced wide an easy looking tap in from close range. However, Bruno Genesio’s men opened the scoring through Spaniard Jonathan Viera.
Augusto then made amends for missing the target when he doubled Beijing's lead with a beautifully executed volley just before the first half was over, meeting Wang Gang’s cross from close to the byline with extreme precision for his second goal of the tournament.
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.
Shahr Khodro FC v Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, Matchday Four
A late goal from substitute Pedro Conde gave Shabab Al Ahli Dubai a second consecutive 1-0 win over Shahr Khodro FC on Matchday Four.
Conde immediately made his mark with his first touch, when he received a dinked ball from substitute Carlos Eduardo to put him in on goal, and despite a heavy challenge by Shahr Khodro’s Farshad Faraji the Spaniard made no mistake in drilling the shot to the keeper’s right.
Chiangrai United v Melbourne Victory, Matchday Five
Melbourne Victory got off to a flying start with Jake Brimmer stepping up to convert a penalty in the eighth minute after he was brought down by goalkeeper Apirak Worawong.
The Australian side doubled their lead in the 27th minute when Ben Folami latched onto a long pass from Jacob Butterfield, lobbing the goalkeeper with a quality first-touch finish from inside the box.
Yokohama F.Marinos v Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Matchday Five
Yokohama F. Marinos dominated proceedings against former Asian champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors as they took a commanding 3-1 lead with less than 20 minutes to go.
Ange Postecoglou’s charges put the result beyond any doubt in the 82nd minute, when Ado Onaiwu - introduced as a substitute just seven minutes earlier - sent a volley towards goal, with goalkeeper Song Bum-keun's tough day continuing as the ball hit his head before settling in the net.
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