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The Dream Goals of Euro 2020

By LAXMI NEGI
Last updated on: July 05, 2021 13:29 IST
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The Euros have always offered a delectable fare of goals.

The dramatic quarter-final games tipped the Euro 2020 goals tally.

Here's a look at the top goals so far:

 

Lorenzo Insigne. Italy v Belgium

Lorenzo Insigne

IMAGE: Lorenzo Insigne scores Italy's second goal in the quarter-final against Belgium at the Football Arena Munich. Photograph: Christof Stache - Pool/Getty Images

Italy booked a place in the Euro 2020 semi finals with a magnificent 2-1 victory over Belgium in a high-calibre showdown in Munich.

The Azzurri had an early goal ruled out for offside by VAR, but grabbed the initiative just past the half hour when Nicolo Barella twinkle-toed his way into space in the box before rifling a low effort into the far corner.

Italy doubled their lead on 44 minutes when Lorenzo Insigne curled a quite wonderful shot beyond the reach of Belgium goal-keeper Thibaut Courtois after jinking in from the left flank.

The Napoli star produced a moment of magic that proved to be the match-winning moment and was particularly dangerous cutting in from the left in the first period.

Coach Roberto Mancini was overjoyed with his team after they withstood a late onslaught from top-ranked Belgium to win 2-1 and set up a semi-final clash with Spain.

 

Patrik Schick. Czech Republic v Scotland

Patrik Schick

IMAGE: Patrik Schick's 'out-of-this world' long-range strike sealed their 2-0 win against Scotland. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/Reuters

Arguably the goal of the tournament was scored by Patrik Schick from almost halfway against Scotland. It sent pulses racing and spawned a thousand memes of Scottish goalkeeper David Marshall tumbling into the net in vain.

Schick has been a revelation at Euro 2020 and his second goal against Scotland virtually sealed the goal of the tournament after only four days of this month-long competition.

Noticing Marshall wandering in no-man's land, the Bayer Leverkusen striker took aim from 45 yards out. The trajectory of the ball arced a good few metres wide of the post, but had sufficient curl and dip to nestle under Marshall's bar as he tried desperately to get back.

 

Luka Modric. Croatia v Scotland

Luka Modric

IMAGE: Luka Modric's majestic goal in the 62nd minute helped Croatia beat Scotland 3-1. Photograph: Andy Buchanan - Pool/Getty Images

Luka Modric started and finished his own spectacular goal against Scotland by twice using the outside of his right foot.

The first time he sprayed it wide to the left before the ball worked its way back to the Croatia captain lurking with intent on the edge of Scotland's penalty area. His second effort was struck so sweetly it could rot your teeth.

Like Schick's, the arc of the ball helps make this goal another classic. At least Marshall can say he was in his own penalty area for this one.

 

Xherdan Shaqiri. Switzerland v Turkey

Xherdan Shaqiri

IMAGE: Xherdan Shaqiri's superb double helped Switzerland secure third place in Group A with a 3-1 win over a dismal Turkey. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Xherdan Shaqiri probably entered Euro 2020 feeling relatively fresh after playing a bit-part role for Liverpool last season.

The Swiss maestro scored one of the most memorable goals of the last Euros with a bicycle kick against Portugal and he put his hat in the frame for consideration this time around with a gorgeous effort against Turkey.

Taking a touch to control the ball, Shaqiri then let fly with an unstoppable effort off his weaker right foot that gave Turkey 'keeper Ugurcan Cakir no chance.

 

Robin Gosens. Germany v Portugal

Robin Gosens

IMAGE: Robin Gosens played a sensational game on the biggest stage against Portugal. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The Atalanta man had a goal chalked off for offside, provided two assists, and then sent a thundering header beyond Rui Patricio before being substituted on 62 minutes.

 

Kasper Dolberg. Denmark vs Wales

Denmark

IMAGE: Kasper Dolberg returned to his old stomping ground in Amsterdam, a place that shaped his professional career, to inspire Denmark to the European Championship quarter-finals with a 4-0 win over Wales. Photograph: Olaf Kraak/Reuters

Former Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg scored an absolute stunner to put everyone's second-favourite nation at Euro 2020 ahead.

The 23-year-old Nice man's powerful effort from outside the box flew past a helpless Danny Ward in the Wales goal.

It was an outstanding finish to a brilliant team move by Denmark and after firing the ball home, Dolberg celebrated rippling the back of the net like an absolute boss.

The striker simply stood and admired his swerving strike, holding his hands aloft in the process.

 

Thorgen Hazard. Belgium v Portugal

Belgium

IMAGE: A 43rd-minute strike from Thorgan Hazard secured victory for Roberto Martinez's team against Portugal. Photograph: Marcelo Del Pozo/Getty Images

Belgium goal hero Thorgen Hazard came out from under brother Eden Hazard's shadow with the winner against Portugal in Seville, ensuring his team a place in the European Championship quarter-finals.

The Bundesliga-based winger took aim from outside the penalty area with a rasping shot, that swung left and then right through the air, before crashing into the net to ensure Belgium's progress from the last-16 and the elimination of the title holders.

A smart passing move ended with Thomas Meunier feeding Thorgan Hazard, whose wickedly swerving shot flew past the wrong-footed Portugal 'keeper Rui Patricio.

Patricio stepped to the right in anticipation of a near post shot but was unable to get back across and was beaten by an effort that flew in centrally in the 43rd minute.

 

Oleksandr Zinchenko. Sweden vs Ukraine

Ukraine

IMAGE: Oleksandr Zinchenko gave Ukraine the lead as he hammered home after 27 minutes. Photograph: Andy Buchanan - Pool/Getty Images

A goal and an assist from Oleksandr Zinchenko sealed Ukraine a dramatic first ever European Championship knockout victory at Sweden's expense.

After operating on the left of a midfield three throughout the group stages, the City man was drafted out onto the left flank for the clash at Glasgow's Hampden Park, with the move paying dividends.

Arriving unmarked at the back post, Zincehnko met Andriy Yarmolenko's floated cross with a vicious half volley before the half hour to grab the game's opening goal.

The strike was too hot to handle for Swedish stopper Robin Olsen and nestled into the far corner of the net.

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