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Best Goal of AFC Champions League 2020: Six finalists confirmed


Kuala Lumpur: Theerathon Bunmathan, Abdulrahman Al Obaid and Mehdi Abdi Qara have completed the cast for the Best Goal of AFC Champions League 2020 final following the conclusion of Semi-final 2 on Wednesday.

Yokohama F. Marinos' Theerathon topped the second semi-final with 45.75 percent of the votes with Al Nassr's Ol Obaid finishing second with 18.67 percent. Persepolis FC's Abdi Qara finished third with 17.98 percent.

Abdi Qara will have two goals in contention in the final after topping Semi-final One with Esteghlal FC's Cheick Diabate and Al Nassr's Abderrazak Hamdallah, the 2020 AFC Champions League top scorer with seven goals, also in the running.

Check out the Semi-final Two nominees and results below. The final kicks off on Friday at 16:00 (UTC+8) so don't forget to vote for your best goal of the 2020 AFC Champions League.

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Abdulrahman Al Obaid
Al Nassr vs Al Sadd SC, Matchday One

Trailing 2-1 to Al Sadd on the opening day of the 2020 AFC Champions League, Al Nassr levelled in some style when Abdulrahman Al Obaid rocketed home a left-foot effort from 30 yards.


Ai Kesen
Guangzhou Evergrande vs Vissel Kobe, Matchday Three

A man well accustomed to being on AFC Champions League highlight reels, Ai Kesen added another gem to his list with this venomous free-kick against Vissel Kobe to make him the fourth player in the competition’s history to reach the 30-goal milestone.

Abdullah Al Ahrak
Sharjah vs Al Duhail SC, Matchday Four

From a deadly dead ball delivery to raw power from open play as Abdullah Al Ahrak unleashes a piledriver to put Al Duhail a goal to the good against Sharjah in a game the Emiratis ultimately won 4-2.


Theerathon Bunmathan
Yokohama F. Marinos vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, Matchday Five

In a match of defending domestic champions, Yokohama F. Marinos' Thai star Theerathon Bunmathan helped ensure the Japanese side came out on top with a perfectly placed strike from distance that left goalkeeper Song Bum-keun rooted to the spot.


Welliton
Al Taawoun vs Sharjah, Matchday Five

Sharjah turned on the style against Al Taawoun with Welliton scoring a 12-minute hat-trick in a 6-0 rout. The pick of the bunch was the Brazilian's first, which began with a lovely flick to countryman Caio before he collected the return ball, dummied his way past the opposing defender and rifled into the back of the net.


Bruno Fornaroli
Perth Glory vs Shanghai Shenhua, Matchday Five

One of the most entertaining matches in the 2020 AFC Champions League Group Stage got started with a bang as Perth's Bruno Fornaroli ended the first half with a curling free-kick that snuck under the bar and just past the goalkeeper's outstretched hand.


Ali Karimi
Esteghlal vs Pakhtakor, Round of 16

Esteghlal may have been eliminated in their Round of 16 match, but Ali Karimi's free-kick was so good it sent the Pakhtakor 'keeper the wrong way and is sure to live long in the memories of the Tehran giants' supporters.

Kim Min-woo
Suwon Samsung Bluewings vs Yokohama F. Marinos, Round of 16

Taking the space afforded him in the midfield, Kim Min-woo roamed forward picking up pace as he went before laying it off to Kim Gun-hee, who deftly flicked it back to Suwon's number 10 to convert and give the Bluewings their first lead of an enthralling Round of 16 match.

Junior Negrao
Ulsan Hyundai vs Beijing FC, Quarter-final

Having opened the scoring from the penalty spot just 20 minutes earlier, Ulsan's Junior Negrao well and truly took control of this quarter-final against Beijing FC as he pounced on a bouncing clearance and hammered home his second of the tie with a curled effort from distance.

Mehdi Abdi Qara
Persepolis vs Ulsan Hyundai, Final

In the right place at the right time on the biggest stage in Asian club football, Mehdi Abdi Qara intercepted a loose ball, calmly strode forward, created space with a stutter-step, and cleverly sent the ball into the far corner to give the Iranian side the lead in the 2020 AFC Champions League final.


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