Saturday, June 28, 2008

Euro 2008 : Best Goals

These are the best goals as per UEFA's Euro 2008 website.
Pick your favorite!

Philipp Lahm(Germany vs Turkey ; 3-2)

Philipp Lahm scores the winner for Germany and they seal their place in the finals.This great build up goal which split the Turkish defense and the finish was excellent.After this Lahm could play as a midfielder or a forward for that matter!
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Roman Pavlyuchenko(Russia vs Netherlands ; 1-0)
Pavlyuchenko opens the scoring for the Russian's with a very vital goal which puts the pressure on a dutch side which was in a dominant mood as per their group stage performance but all that was shattered by Russia as this youngsters first time volley goes in the back of the net beating Edwin Van der Sar.
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Bastian Schweinsteiger(Germany vs Portugal ; 1-0)

Schweinsteiger received a red card in the previous game against Croatia which they lost and he had a debt to pay as per their manager,Joachim Low.He repaid in a glorious fashion with a run in the box to slide in to Podolski's great one touch play cross and score the first against Portugal.
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Michael Ballack(Germany vs Austria ; 1-0)
Germany needed a single point to secure qualification in this last encounter of Group B,although Germany were out with a point to prove after their loss to Croatia.This thunderbolt was the only goal of the game and got the 3 points that Germany deserved.Unstoppable this!
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Nihat Kahveci(Turkey vs Czech Republic ; 3-2)
Last game of the group stages,2-0 down and then you somehow recover and reach 2-2 but the game is not over yet,the comeback isn't complete.Step up,Nihat Kahveci.Turkey needed to win this game to progress to the quarter finals and they did so in an astonishing fashion.With a nicely slid pass to the forward who curls the ball on the right hand corner of the goal which wasn't stoppable even by Cech's standards.
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Wesley Sneijder(Netherlands vs France ; 4-1)
Netherlands had a great game against Italy where they were fabulous and deserved their 3-0 victory.This was against France.Sneijder picks up the ball around the box and cooly on the top right hand side which needed help from the crossbar but a great goal,none the less.
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Robin Van Persie(Netherlands vs France ; 2-0)
Another great counter attack move which was helped by Ruud Van Nistelrooy's great skill to prevent the ball from going out which sent Robben down the left whose cross found an open Van Persie in the box,finish wasn't as great but the shot was far too hard for Coupet to hold on to.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovich(Sweden vs Greece ; 1-0)
The first game of the group and you were expecting more from Sweden(am not so sure about your expectations from Greece) but there was no score until the 67th minute when Ibrahimovich cracked this "whip" from outside the box.Unstoppable!
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David Villa(Spain vs Russia ; 3-0)
Spain were cruising 2-0 in their first game of the tournament.They had outclassed the Gus Hiddink side and Villa had got two goals so far.After a quick break from their penalty box,Barcelona's Iniesta released Villa who slid the ball low in the back of the net.
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Wesley Sneijder(Netherlands vs Italy ; 2-0)
After a quick counter attack movement,initiated by Van Bronkhorst who cleared the ball from his goal line and then ran across from a Van der Vaart ball and sent a long cross to Dirk Kuyt who played a cushion header for Wesley Sneijder who completed a great move by tucking the ball in behind Buffon in a narrow gap.
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In my view,some goals are missing from this list.Like David Villa's goal against Sweden which wasn't an easy finish or Robben's little strike in a little space against France.Any other that come to your mind?Have your say!



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