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5 of the Best: Solo Goals

Kuala Lumpur: It's that time of the week when brings you some of the finest goals from over the years, with the latest of our '5 of the Best' series focusing on solo goals from the AFC Cup.

We kicked off the series with a look back at some fabulous free-kicks, before shining the spotlight on memorable long-range efforts. This week, we turn our attention to individual brilliance and review five incredible goals where players have taken matters into their own hands and emphatically produced the goods.

So, enjoy the trip down memory lane and don't forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article!

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Ali Ashfaq – New Radiant
vs Persibo Bojonegoro, March 12, 2013

Still going strong to this day, Maldivian superstar Ali Ashfaq is in the AFC Cup's top 10 all-time leading scorers, having bagged his first goal in the tournament back in 2005. Few, if any, will have been better than this one from the 2013 group stage against Persibo Bojonegoro.

When Ashfaq rounded the 'keeper it appeared he had an easy tap-in, but the striker seemed intent on tormenting the Indonesian backline, twisting one way and then the next before coolly finishing into the centre of the goal for one of eight he scored in two games against Persibo.

Mohamad Haidar – Safa SC
vs Kuwait SC, May 1, 2013

Lebanon's Safa SC went into their final group game in 2013 needing to defeat already qualified Kuwait SC and hoping results elsewhere went their way to have any chance of advancing to the knockout rounds. Mohamad Haidar made sure the Beirut side did their part.

Picking the ball up just inside opposition territory, Haidar dragged two markers to the right touchline then cut inside them before evading two more Kuwait players on the edge of the area and firing into the bottom left corner. Safa won 1-0 but exited on goal difference.

Balwant Singh – Churchill Brothers
vs Home United, March 18, 2014

To Goa for our next candidate for a goal that ultimately proved the difference between Churchill Brothers qualifying for the next stage and missing out as Balwant Singh secured a 3-1 victory over Singapore's Home United.

After winning the ball in midfield, Singh surged forward and drove in between two defenders before side-footing into the bottom corner. The Indian side lost the return meeting 2-1 but advanced from the group due to a better head-to-head record against Home, achieved courtesy of their Indian international's brilliance.

Boaz Solossa – Persipura Jayapura
vs Warriors FC, April 28, 2015

Returning to Indonesia and a Boaz Solossa goal that featured skill, trickery, determination and a sprinkling of luck as the Persipura Jayapura attacker played keep-ball against the Warriors defence before netting his second in a 6-0 win.

The Papua native picked the ball up on the edge of the area and, despite a heavy Singaporean presence in front of him, somehow managed to go past four players and fire the ball under goalkeeper Neezam Aziz.

Emmanuel Uzochukwu – Yangon United
vs Bali United, April 11, 2018

And finally to Myanmar, where Emmanuel Uzochukwu scored against a Bali United backline that couldn't deal with the Nigerian's raw power as he brushed all aside before leveling the scores in a 3-2 win for the hosts.

After collecting his own mishit pass, the forward held off one defender before going one way then the other to get past three more and side-footing into the bottom right corner.

Vote for your favourite goal below (Poll ends at 1600 (UTC 8) on June 18).

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