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ACL Goals of the Decade – Semi-final 2


Kuala Lumpur: It's goals galore again from the AFC Champions League as we highlight 10 more incredible efforts from the past decade and ask you, the fans, to vote for your favourite. 

After the first semi-final garnered more than 100,000 votes and five players progressed to next week's final, the-AFC.com brings you more fabulous goals from the years between 2010 and 2019.

Featuring a range of delightful chips, teams goals, long-range screamers and much more, enjoy the trip down memory lane and don't forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article. The top five will advance to next week's grand finale.

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Abdulaziz Al Dawsari – Al Hilal
vs Al Ittihad, May 24, 2011

It may have been a consolation for Al Hilal in their 2011 Round of 16 defeat against bitter rivals Al Ittihad, but that takes nothing away from the genuine quality of this goal from long-serving winger Abdulaziz Al Dawsari.

Three down against the Jeddah side, Al Dawsari dances past one defender, creates space for himself on the edge of the area and sends a beautiful dinked effort beyond the outstretched 'keeper into the back of the net.


Jungo Fujimoto – Nagoya Grampus
vs Tianjin Teda, April 3, 2012

The build-up to this Nagoya Grampus goal in Tianjin may have been somewhat scrappy but there was nothing untidy about the perfectly executed finish from Jungo Fujimoto as he set his side on their way to a 3-0 group stage win.

Receiving the ball from Yosuke Ishibitsu, Fujimoto feints the shot to take the defender out of the equation and then, with almost no backlift, nonchalantly chips into the far left corner.


Ha Dae-sung – FC Seoul
vs Buriram United, September 18, 2013

Another classic chipped goal but Ha Dae-sung's effort came at the business end of the AFC Champions League and in front of almost 90,000 spectators at Azadi Stadium in the semi-final second leg between Esteghlal and FC Seoul.

The midfielder's sumptuous first touch loses his marker before, with the scrambling defender lunging at his feet, he shows supreme awareness to lift the ball over the outstretched Mehdi Rahmati in the Esteghlal goal to stun the home support and put the Koreans three up on aggregate.


Abdelkarim Hassan – Al Sadd
vs Lokomotiv, March 17, 2015

The 2018 AFC Player of the Year Abdelkarim Hassan has forged a reputation for scoring goals of the spectacular nature, whether they be rockets from distance or fine solo efforts after buccaneering surges forward. This one had a bit of everything.

With Al Sadd 4-1 up against Lokomotiv, Hassan intercepts the ball deep inside his own half, drives past one player then, just as you think he will continue his burst forward, looks up and sends a stunning strike from fully 45 yards over the stranded 'keeper.


Theerathon Bunmathan – Buriram United
vs Gamba Osaka, March 18, 2015

Theerathon Bunmathan only scores great goals and it's hard to think of a better deadball specialist in Asia than the Thai international, who time and again produces the goods. He did so once more against Gamba Osaka in the 2015 group stage with a goal that fans voted the AFC Champion's League's best free-kick.

With the rain lashing down at Expo '70 Stadium, the left-back displays expert technique and supreme precision to find the top left corner with a goal that earned the acclaim of his teammates and a point for Buriram United.


Mahmoud Khamis – Al Nasr
vs Tractorsazi Tabriz, May 17, 2016

There were nine goals over two legs in this last 16 tie between Al Nasr and Tractorsazi Tabriz and, not only was Mahmoud Khamis' first-leg rocket the pick of the bunch, it also proved to be decisive.

With a minute to play, Khamis decides to try his luck from fully 30 yards and unleashes an unstoppable effort that flew into the back of the net. The Emiratis won 4-1 on the night and progressed 5-4 on aggregate.


Hulk – Shanghai SIPG
vs Urawa Red Diamonds, March 15, 2017

Combining raw power and excellent technical ability, Hulk seems to simultaneously bulldoze and dance through the Urawa Red Diamonds defence with this typically brilliant effort from the 2017 group stage.

The Brazilian picks the ball up 50 yards from goal, shows superb close control as he barges past three Urawa defenders and fires hard and low under goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa with the decisive goal in a 3-2 win.


Mame Thiam – Esteghlal
vs Zobahan, May 15, 2018

Esteghlal fans must wonder what would have come of the 2018 campaign had their Senegalese striker Mame Thiam stayed beyond this Round of 16 victory over domestic rivals Zobahan, where his second-leg hat-trick saw the Iranians through to the last eight.

The striker's second was among the goals of the competition, winning the ball 30 yards from goal and then sending a delightful arching effort into the top right corner to send Azadi Stadium into raptures. Thiam departed before the quarter-finals, where Esteghlal exited to Al Sadd.


Romarinho – Al Ittihad
vs Al Rayyan, May 7, 2019

One-touch football at its finest as Al Ittihad carve open the Al Rayyan defence with a string of four passes that culminate in Romarinho coolly dinking the ball over goalkeeper Fahad Younis.

The Jeddah side zigzag their way through opposition territory with gusto, Carlos Villanueva's delightful touch the key ingredient of a fine interchange play that got the finish it deserved from the Brazilian.


Mehdi Torabi – Persepolis
vs Al Sadd, May 20, 2019

Finally, in a game that saw Spanish legend Xavi draw the curtain on his professional career, Mahdi Torabi perhaps didn't steal the headlines but he certainly provided a moment to remember as he rocketed home from distance.

The Persepolis midfielder receives the ball 35 yards from goal and, unchallenged, lets fly with an unstoppable effort that flew into the back of the net and surely left his retiring counterpart suitably impressed.


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