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5 of the Best: Acrobatic Goals

Kuala Lumpur: Goals, goals and more goals from the AFC Cup as this week looks back on five fantastic efforts by some big-name stars from Syria to Singapore.

After featuring fabulous free-kicks, long-range stunners and individual brilliance, this week's edition takes in one of our most popular categories: acrobatic goals. Athletic, exciting and often jaw-dropping, enjoy these magnificent efforts and then select your favourite by voting at the bottom of the article.

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Omar Al Soma – Qadsia SC
vs Al Hidd, March 12, 2014

Prior to banging in the goals for Al Ahli in the AFC Champions League, Omar Al Soma was doing likewise for Kuwaiti giants Qadsia SC in the AFC Cup.

Brazilian Simplicio broke down the right and floated a cross just behind Al Soma, who, eyes fixated on the ball, adjusted his body and sent a bicycle kick of typical brilliance flying past Abbas Ahmed.

Safee Sali – Johor Darul Ta'zim
vs East Bengal, February 24, 2015

Safee Sali was a key part of Johor Darul Ta'zim's rise into the dominant team in Malaysia and, in 2015, was among the goals as JDT created history by winning the AFC Cup.

With the hosts 3-1 up in their opening game against India's East Bengal, Safee twisted to get on the end of Nazrin Nawi's lofted delivery and sent the ball into the back of the net from 12 yards to wrap up a 4-1 win.

Abdulatif Salkeni – Al Jaish
vs Nejmeh, May 13, 2015

Inaugural champions Al Jaish had already qualified for the 2015 AFC Cup's last 16, but they confirmed first place in the standings as this beauty from Abdulatif Salkeni closed out a 2-0 win and an unbeaten first round.

Bassel Moustafa's cross from the right left Salkeni with plenty of work to be done, but the Syrian forward executed the most aesthetically pleasing of bicycle kicks that just looks better the more times you watch it.

Nguyen Van Quyet – Hanoi FC
vs Ceres Negros, February 21, 2017

The build-up may have been somewhat scrappy but there was nothing untidy about Nguyen Van Quyet's superb touch and finish as the Hanoi FC captain levelled the scores in a 1-1 opening-day clash against Ceres Negros in 2017.

With two defenders in front of him, Van Quyet took one touch with his outstretched right foot then took flight to fire a left-footed scissor kick past goalkeeper Roland Muller before reeling off in celebration.

Khairul Amri – Tampines Rovers
vs Nagaworld FC, April 17, 2019

A topsy-turvy final five minutes between Tampines Rovers and Nagaworld had seen the Singaporean hosts go 2-1 up in the 87th minute but their Cambodian visitors levelled in the final minute.

There was, however, still time for Khairul Amri to claim all three points, backing off his marker and acrobatically sending a bouncing effort beyond Sou Yaty to put his side 3-2 up in stoppage time as Tampines eventually ran out 4-2 winners.

Vote for your favourite goal below (Poll ends at 1600 (UTC 8) on June 25).

Photo: Omar Al Soma

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