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5 of the Best: Volleys

Kuala Lumpur: There's nothing quite like seeing a sweetly struck volley fly into the back of the net, and this week shines the '5 of the Best' spotlight on these aesthetically pleasing goals. 

We've previously looked at free-kicks, long-range efforts, solo brilliance and acrobatic stunners, and our latest compilation will not disappoint. So here's five volleys to recall some of the best and most dramatic 'no bounce' strikes the AFC Cup has seen.

Don't forget to vote for your favourite at the bottom of the article!

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Oday Al Jafal – Al Shorta
vs Chonburi, September 18, 2012

A fine strike from Syrian Oday Al Jafal kicks off our selection this week, as we rewind the clock eight years when Al Shorta of Iraq took on Thailand's Chonburi in the 2012 quarter-finals.

Al Jafal plays a pair of sharp one-twos with teammates before surging forward and latching onto a lofted pass and hammering the ball past the hosts' keeper to put the Iraqis 2-1 ahead.

Boaz Solossa – Persipura Jayapura
vs Warriors FC, February 24, 2015

Quick thinking and superlative execution define this excellent effort from Boaz Solossa in the 2015 group stage win over Warriors, with what was one of nine goals Persipura put past the Singaporeans over two games.

When the ball rebounds to Boaz, he turns on the spot and sends a looping left-foot volley from just inside the area over the goalkeeper with a strike of pure quality.

Luay Saleh – Arbil
vs Qadsia SC, May 13, 2015

In what was a repeat of the 2014 final which Arbil lost, the Iraqi side at least managed a win over their Kuwaiti opponents although it ultimately wasn't enough to secure a place in the knockout rounds.

Controlling the ball from Nabeel Sabah on his chest, Luay Saleh swivels and directs a perfect volley that ends up in the bottom corner for the first goal in a 2-1 win.

Khairul Nizam – Home United
vs Than Quang Ninh, April 5, 2017

Stipe Plazibat scored four goals in this game, but Khairul Nizal receives the award for the best goal after this stunning opener in an end-to-end 5-4 victory for Home United.

Unmarked on the right side of the area, Khairul gets on the end of the ball over the top and, both feet off the ground, rockets an unstoppable volley into the back of the net to put his side a goal up.

Mike Ott – Ceres Negros
vs Persija Jakarta, April 23, 2019

Ceres Negros had come from two down away at Persija Jakarta but - with the game into added time were still in search of a winner – and they found it in some style to silence the Gelora Bung Karno crowd.

Mike Ott starts the move by spraying the ball out left to Stephan Schröck and then continuing his run into the box. Schröck's delivery was perfect and Ott volleys home from close range to seal a 3-2 win.

Vote for your favourite goal below (Poll ends at 1600 (UTC 8) on July 2).

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