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5 of the Best: Last-minute winners


Kuala Lumpur: It's hard to beat the feeling of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat at the very last, and this week's '5 of the Best' highlights some of the most dramatic climaxes ever seen in the AFC Cup. 

From scenes in Singapore to joy in Jakarta and incredible climaxes in Guwahati, Hisor and Al Wakrah, our latest edition shines the spotlight on the magical moments that help make the beautiful game the most watched sport in the world.

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

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Stipe Plazibat – Home United
vs Global FC, May 30, 2017

As the clock ticked into the 89th minute in the ASEAN Zonal semi-final between Singapore's Home United and the Philippines' Global FC, the hosts still needed two goals to advance. Stipe Plazibat pulled one back but it remained an uphill task.

Then, in the last minute of stoppage time, a free-kick on the edge of the area offered a glimmer of hope. The Croatian stepped up and curled in an absolute beauty to spark joyous celebrations as Home United scraped through at the last.


Amjad Radhi – Air Force Club
vs Al Wahda, September 26, 2017

An unprecedented three AFC Cup titles in a row between 2016 and 2018 made Air Force Club the tournament's most dominant team, indeed they have never entered the competition and not won it. But things could have been so much different.

Down 2-1 on aggregate against Syria's Al Wahda in the 2017 West Asia Zonal final and heading for the exit door, Amjad Radhi rose highest to head home Humam Tareq's delivery in the fourth minute of added time as Air Force Club claimed a dramatic away goals win. The rest is history.


Addison – Persija Jakarta
vs Song Lam Nghe An, March 14, 2018

The 2018 AFC Cup was a rollercoaster for Persija Jakarta fans, with Addison's stunning last-gasp goal against Song Lam Nghe An offering one of the biggest highs as he kick-started their campaign with a moment that rose the roof off Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

With the game scoreless and into its final seconds, the Brazilian took a long ball over the top on the bounce and executed a perfect finish to spark pandemonium all around. Persija won their next two and advanced to the knockout rounds while twice breaking the competition's attendance record.


Mihail Titow – Altyn Asyr
vs FC Istiklol, May 16, 2018

When FC Istiklol scored a 91st-minute penalty to level the scores at 2-2, it seemed the Tajik side had ended Altyn Asyr's hopes of reaching the knockout rounds for the first time. The Turkmen champions had other ideas.

Almost seven minutes of stoppage time had passed when Istiklol 'keeper Nikola Stosic parried Serdar Geldiyev's header and Mihail Titow pounced to prod home a late, late winner as Altyn Asyr claimed the Central Asia Zone champions crown.


Masih Saighani – Abahani Limited Dhaka
vs Minerva Punjab, June 26, 2019

With India's Chennaiyin FC winning in Nepal, Abahani Limited Dhaka needed to defeat another Indian side, Minerva Punjab, to become the first Bangladeshi team to progress to the AFC Cup's knockout rounds.

Things did not look good with the deadlock yet to be broken and the game well into injury time. Step forward Masih Saighani. A deep corner from the left was headed back across goal and the Afghan international headed in from close range to book Abahani a place in the Inter-Zone semi-finals.


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