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16 Great Round of 16 Goals: Part Two

Published on: 20 May 2017

Kuala Lumpur: It’s just two days until the highly anticipated 2017 AFC Champions League Round of 16 kicks off, and so concludes our look at some of the best goals from the last eight years of action.

Having already looked at some memorable efforts from 2009 – 2012, this time we focus on the finest Round of 16 strikes from the 2013 – 2016 competitions.

Read part one of 16 Great Goals of the Round of 16: 2009 – 2012

9. Ekkachai Sumrei – 2013 AFC Champions League: Buriram United v Bunyodkor 

Buriram United’s first and only appearance in the knockout stage will live long in the memory of Ekkachai Sumrei.

With the scores tied at 1-1 and less than 15 minutes remaining, the midfielder sensed his moment.

From a free-kick from the left, Ekkachai ghosted towards the edge of the six-yard box before twisting and flicking a delightful looping header over Murotjon Zukhurov to send the home support into raptures.

10. Sebastian Tagliabue – 2013 AFC Champions League: Al Gharafa v Al Shabab

Sebastian Tagliabue enjoyed a fine year with Saudi side Al Shabab and the Argentine forward’s clinical finishing was displayed at its finest in the 2013 first knockout round.

Trailing 1-0 to Qatar’s Al Gharafa, Tagliabue played a cushioned header on the edge of the area to Fernando Menegazzo before receiving the ball back from the Brazilian’s cheeky back-heel and curling an exquisite effort into the left corner from 16 yards.

11. Omar Abdulrahman – 2014 AFC Champions League: Al Jazira v Al Ain

Few players have the ability to pull off the spectacular with such regularity as Omar Abdulrahman and an Emirati derby at Al Jazira in 2014 allowed the frizzy-haired playmaker to showcase his talents once more.

Abdulrahman received the ball thirty yards from goal, took three touches and lashed an unstoppable left-foot strike beyond Ali Khasief to put the visitors 2-0 up and well on their way to the last eight.

12. Kim Chi-woo – 2014 AFC Champions League: Kawasaki Frontale v FC Seoul

Japan against Korea Republic tends to whet the appetite and the 2014 clash between Kawasaki Frontale and FC Seoul was no different.

Just seven minutes remained when Kim Chi-woo fired a rocket into the bottom left corner from just inside the area to level the scores at 2-2.

The strike rattled the hosts as FC Seoul netted a last-gasp winner to return to the Korean capital with a one-goal advantage.

13. Huang Bowen – 2015 AFC Champions League: Seongnam FC v Guangzhou Evergrande

Huang Bowen is renowned for producing sublime long-range efforts but even by his standards his goal at Seongnam FC in 2015 was special.

After receiving the ball inside the hosts’ half, Huang turned well and played a one-two before taking a touch and unleashing a blistering strike from fully 30 yards to level the scores at 1-1.

Guangzhou would advance 3-2 on aggregate on route to a second continental crown.

14. Ali Assadalla – 2015 AFC Champions League: Lekhwiya v Al Sadd

Team goals are often the finest and so it proved in a classic contest between Doha rivals Lekhwiya and Al Sadd in 2015.

After picking up the ball on the left, Nadir Belhadj played a crisp give-and-go with Lee Jung-soo before cutting it back first time to Ali Assadalla, whose controlled side-foot into the bottom left corner from 15 yards finished off the most finely crafted of moves.

15. Hao Junmin – 2016 AFC Champions League: Sydney FC v Shandong Luneng

A moment of magic from Hao Junmin was not only one of the best goals of the 2016 competition but also among the most dramatic.

Trailing 2-1 in stoppage time and heading for the exit door, Hao found himself 30 yards from goal with plenty to do.

The midfielder took one touch and swerved a glorious effort past the despairing Vedran Janjetovic to send Shandong through on away goals.

16. Mohammad Iranpourian – 2016 AFC Champions League: Tractorsazi Tabriz v Al Nasr

Blink and you would have missed Mohammad Iranpourian’s thunderbolt against Al Nasr in 2016.

With Tractorsazi 5-1 down on aggregate at half-time of the second leg, the Iranian side suddenly burst into life.

And on the hour, Iranpourian’s 20-yard piledriver flew past Ahmad Shambih to make it 5-3 and raise the volume inside Yadegar Emam Stadium.

The hosts pulled one more back but the miraculous escape was not to be.

Photo: Lagardère Sports



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