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5 of the Best: Flicks, tricks and backheels


Kuala Lumpur: It's more goals galore from the AFC Cup and this week the-AFC.com turns its focus to a handful of quick-witted touches that have bamboozled opposition defences and goalkeepers.  

From a delightful tournament-winning strike in Qarshi to impudent efforts in Al-Ram, Arbil, Dhaka and Cibinong, our latest edition of the '5 of the Best' really does cover the length and breadth of the Continent. So enjoy the selection and don't forget to vote for your favourite in the poll below!

Also take a look at past editions that feature acrobatic goals, solo goals, volleys, long-range screamers, free-kicks, last-minute winners and curlers.

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Andrejs Pereplotkins – Nasaf
vs Kuwait SC, October 29, 2011

Nasaf created history in 2011 by becoming the first club from Uzbekistan to win a Continental title and they did so thanks to a little bit of magic from their Latvian midfielder Andrejs Pereplotkins.

With his side one up, Pereplotkins darts to the near post and flicks home Artur Gevorkyan's low cross with what proved the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory.


Amjad Radhi – Arbil
vs Chonburi, October 2, 2012

A year later and Amjad Radhi netted a not too dissimilar goal in Arbil's semi-final first leg against Thailand's Chonburi to get the ball rolling in a comfortable 8-2 aggregate win.

The Iraqi side play the ball from left to right before the striker nips in ahead of his marker at the front post to expertly send the ball beyond the goalkeeper for his first of four goals over the two legs.


Baha Faisal – Al Wehdat
vs Hilal Alquds, March 11, 2019

Baha Faisal's four-goal haul stole the headlines after this 2019 group stage match-up between Jordan's Al Wehdat and Palestine's Hilal Alquds and his second was arguably the pick of the bunch.

When the ball comes to Faisal at pace on the edge of the area he has the ability to flick it up and over his marker before spinning and finishing into the back of the net to put the Amman side 3-1 up in a 6-2 win.


Nabib Jibon – Abahani Limited Dhaka
vs Minerva Punjab, April 17, 2019

Kervens Belfort deserves plenty of credit for this goal after his driving run down the left, but Nabib Jibon applied the finishing touch with a flick that was as cheeky as it was stylish.

When Belfort's cutback rolls just behind Jibon, the quick-thinking Bangladesh international adjusts his feet and expertly sends the ball into the bottom right corner.


Hafiz Nor – Home United
vs PSM Makassar, April 30, 2019

Hafiz Nor sparkled against PSM Makassar in the 2019 group stage, scoring twice to put Home United 2-0 up. His first was a moment of genuine class that left his marker flat-footed.

With superb improvisation, Hafiz knocks the ball into space before firing low into the corner beyond the outstretched 'keeper. He made it two soon after but the Singaporeans collapsed, conceding three to lose 3-2.


Vote for your favourite goal below (Poll ends at 1600 (UTC 8) on July 23).

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