One of the best part of every European Championship is the highlight reel of worldie goals that get scored, and Euro 2020 is racking up its own collection of stunners.
We’ve seen some outstanding strikes already in this tournament, including one which will undoubtedly go down as one of the all-time greats in the history of the competition.
Let’s check them out.
1. Lorenzo Insigne vs Turkey (11/06/21)
In the opening game of the tournament, Lorenzo Insigne offered up this gem to seal a dominant 3-0 victory for Italy over Turkey.
An Ugurcan Cakir error led to some excellent passing from Italy, who played their way to Insigne on the left to unleash this gorgeous curling effort.
He’d sent one wide earlier in the match, but made no mistake with this one.
2. Andriy Yarmolenko vs Netherlands (13/06/21)
Andriy Yarmolenko cutting in from the right and scoring with his left? Who could have seen this coming? You know, apart from literally everyone.
It might have been the most predictable move ever, but credit where credit’s due, there was nothing predictable about the finish. Yarmolenko unleashed a ferocious curler into the top corner and ran away imaging what it was like to hold the Goal of the Tournament trophy.
That feeling didn’t even last 24 hours…
3. Patrik Schick vs Scotland (14/06/21)
Take a bow, Patrik Schick.
A fortunate ricochet found Schick in plenty of space, and from no less than 49.7 yards out, the Czech Republic striker unleashed a first-time shot which curved its way over Scotland’s David Marshall and into the record books.
Unsurprisingly, nobody in European Championship history has ever scored from further out.
4. Aaron Ramsey vs Turkey (16/06/21)
Aaron Ramsey’s finish was classy, but this one is all about the ball from Gareth Bale.
Going full playmaker mode, Bale picked out Ramsey with a glorious pass (one which he’d made earlier in the game as well) that completely carved open the Turkish defence and gave the midfielder an ocean of space.
Ramsey did his past by chesting the ball down and slotting home, capping off an excellent Wales move.
5. Manuel Locatelli vs Switzerland (16/06/21)
2020/21 was somewhat of a breakout year for Manuel Locatelli, who capped off an excellent season with this gorgeous strike against Switzerland.
Having already finished off a nice team move earlier in the game, the Sassuolo man demanded the headlines with this arrow of a strike from the best part of 25 yards.
Yann Sommer didn’t even move.
6. Aleksey Miranchuk vs Finland (16/06/21)
After some neat passing, it looked like Aleksey Miranchuk had wasted this chance. He had a split second to get a shot off, and boy, did he take it.
Without any backlift, Miranchuk clipped the ball perfectly round Lukas Hradecky and into the Finland goal with such precision. The goalkeeper could no nothing.
The Atalanta man doesn’t score a lot of goals, so he made sure this was one to remember.
7. Kevin De Bruyne vs Denmark (17/06/21)
Kevin De Bruyne literally has a shattered face and yet still has better vision than any of us mere mortals could ever dream of possessing.
He pulled off a sublime assist to get Belgium back into their game against Denmark, before deciding to have a go at scoring the goals soon after.
His Belgium team-mates put together a fantastic passing move and found an onrushing De Bruyne on the edge of the box, and the Manchester City man thundered home a perfect winner.
8. Ivan Perisic vs Czech Republic (18/06/21)
Ivan Perisic has a long history of bumping up his transfer value at big tournaments, and he’s at it again.
The winger came in clutch for Croatia yet again, bagging an equaliser against the Czech Republic with this ferocious drive from the edge of the penalty area.
The goalkeeper probably should have done a little better, but it was hit with that much power that there was nothing he could do.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Germany (19/06/21)
It took Cristiano Ronaldo 14.2 seconds to clear a corner and score at the other end of the pitch.
As soon as he got his head on the Germany corner, Ronaldo turned on the jets, went full Usain Bolt and charged his way to the other end of the pitch, where Diogo Jota set him up for the easiest finish of his career.
His Portugal side then went on to ship four goals, but let’s not talk about that.
10. Xherdan Shaqiri vs Turkey (20/06/2021)
This was one of those matches that will be remembered for the quality of its goals – as you’ll discover below.
Despite his mercurial form at club level, Shaqiri is one of those players who always comes up trump for his country.
With Switzerland needing a win to give themselves any chance of getting out of Group A, Shaqiri produced a trademark curler into the top bins to set his country on course for a 3-1 win. Clutch.
11. Irfan Kahveci vs Switzerland (20/06/2021)
Shaqiri’s effort would ultimately be the winner, but Kahveci’s strike to reduce the deficit in the same match gave the Swiss something to think about and everyone else something to shout about.
Manipulating the ball with the sole of his foot and working it inside, Kahveci produced an absolute beamer that looped up, dipped down and slammed into the back of the net, making a highly satisfying noise as it did so.
Unfortunate this thumper would be in vain as the Turks crashed out of Euro 2020 – this their only goal of the tournament.
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