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Vote for your Best Goal of 2021 AFC Champions League (West) Group Stage 


Kuala Lumpur: After an action-packed 2021 AFC Champions League (West) Group Stage concluded on Saturday, the-AFC.com has announced the contenders for the best goal of the first phase.

A total of 150 goals rained in over 60 matches in Goa, Jeddah, Riyadh and Sharjah with the teams from the West Asia section of the draw delivering plenty of drama as the games came thick and fast.

From long-range screamers to acrobatic efforts and stunning free-kicks, we've compiled a list that is sure to delight. Review the goals, and then vote for your favourite at the foot of the article.

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Mohammad Abbaszadeh – Tractor FC
vs Pakhtakor FC, April 14, 2021

Mohammad Abbaszadeh (Pakhtakor FC vs Tractor FC)

One of the most exciting games of the opening round of fixtures was the 3-3 draw between Tractor FC of IR Iran and Uzbekistan's Pakhtakor and dangerman Mohammad Abbaszadeh lived up to his pre-tournament hype with a brace. The 30-year-old's opener was the pick of the pair, blasting his shot into the roof of the net after he was sent through by Akbar Imani.


Sharof Mukhiddinov – Pakhtakor FC
vs Tractor FC, April 14, 2021

Sharof Mukhiddinov (Pakhtakor FC vs Tractor FC)

Pakhtakor more than played their part in that end-to-end six-goal thriller with Tractor and Sharof Mukhiddinov's equaliser one of the outstanding moments. The midfielder twisted and turned before unleashing a thunderous left-footed strike that nestled into the Tractor net.


Mehdi Ghaedi – Esteghlal FC
vs Al Ahli Saudi FC, April 14, 2021

Mehdi Ghaedi (Esteghlal vs Al Ahli Saudi FC)

Tipped to be one of the stars of the 2021 AFC Champions League, Mehdi Ghaedi graced the group stage with a demonstration of his prodigious talent in the very first game, rifling home from 30 yards out for his second of the match against Al Ahli Saudi FC. After Esteghlal FC advanced to the knockout rounds, we can expect plenty more from the playmaker come September.


Santi Cazorla – Al Sadd SC
vs Al Nassr, April 18, 2021

Santi Cazorla (Al Nassr vs Al Sadd SC)

Set up in a nearly perfect place for a free-kick, slightly off centre and 10 yards from the penalty box, Abdelkarim Hassan, Hassan Al Haydos and Santi Cazorla lined up as options. Without so much as a single decoy movement from the other two, Cazorla stepped forward and placed it perfectly into the far corner just past the reach of an outstretched Brad Jones.


Abderrazak Hamdallah – Al Nassr
vs Foolad Khouzestan FC , April 23, 2021

Abderrazak Hamdallah (Al Nassr vs Foolad Khouzestan FC)

Abderrazak Hamdallah had yet to hit his form of the 2020 edition prior to Al Nassr's meeting with Foolad Khouzestan FC but he hinted that he may just be returning to his best. With his side a goal to the good, the Moroccan produced a cheeky dummy through the defender's leg before confidently dinking over the outrushing 'keeper to secure all three points for the Group D leaders, who would eventually progress as table-toppers.


Carlos Eduardo – Shabab Al Ahli Dubai
vs AGMK FC, April 24, 2021

Carlos Eduardo (Shabab Al Ahli Dubai vs AGMK FC)

Having taken an early lead against AGMK FC, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai put themselves firmly in control of their Matchday Four encounter with the Uzbeks thanks to a moment of brilliance from Carlos Eduardo. With the ball slightly behind him, the Brazilian displayed superb improvisation to adjust his body and send a stunning overhead kick into the back of the net from 12 yards out.


Shahriyar Moghanlou – Persepolis FC
vs Al Rayyan SC, April 29, 2021

Shahriyar Moghanlou (Persepolis FC vs Al Rayyan SC)

Yahya Golmohammadi’s side broke the deadlock in some style against Al Rayyan SC when Shahriyar Moghanlou finished off a rapid break that saw Omid Alishah feed Mehdi Torabi down the left before receiving the return pass and setting up Moghanlou to score from the edge of the area. Five wins from six saw Persepolis FC book their ticket to the next round with minimal fuss.


Michael Olunga – Al Duhail SC
vs Al Ahli Saudi FC, April 30, 2021

Michael Olunga (Al Duhail SC vs Al Ahli Saudi FC)

In a tense, winner-takes-all encounter between Qatar's Al Duhail SC and Al Ahli Saudi FC, it was the competition’s leading scorer who opened the scoring at the hour mark. Michael Olunga lined up a free-kick from 25 yards out and powered in a shot underneath the Al Ahli Saudi wall and past Mohammed Al Owais for his ninth goal of the campaign. The ensuing 1-1 draw, however, meant both sides were eliminated.

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