An exciting tournament is reaching its end now with the final just two days away. With all the drama that unfolded since France faced Romania in the tournament opener now will end with the hosts taking on Portugal. A month long journey has left us with a lot of memories – happy and sad. Even now when we look back at some of them we go “wow”.
Numerous goals were scored and assisted, stunning saves were made with out of the world blocks and tackling and amazing passes making Euro 2016 a totally complete and action packed tournament. So let us look at the five most stunning goals that were scored in this year’s Euros.
Naingollan is known for his long range stunners and he produced yet again against Wales in the quarter finals. Although it was not enough to help his team win, the strike one of the best goals of the tournament. Wales sat back and nobody pressed Nainggolan as he found enough space to go from way out and Wales paid for the mistake with the ball brushing past Henessey’s fingertips into the net.
Already leading his side to victory against Slovakia in the first game with a stunning freekick, Bale again got an opportunity against England and this time from an even greater distance. The Welsh beast stood copying Ronaldo’s freekick stance and whammed it into the bottom corner despite Joe Hart getting a hand to it. The ball curved really well and the dip was unbelievable for the keeper to handle but Hart could could have done better. England ended up winning the game but this goal may still give nightmares to Hart.
Another great goal coming from the same game. After Nainggolan has stunned the Welsh supporters, Ashley Williams equalized from an Aaron Ramsey corner. The game was pretty much in the balance with Belgium enjoying possession and Wales playing on the counter. Ramsey was marauding down the right wing as Wales caught Belgium on a break and he gave a lovely pass to Kanu who had his back to goal. With three Begium defenders closing in, Kanu took a lovely turn leaving all the three defenders for dead and put the ball past Courtois to give Wales the much deserving lead.
With the team down at 2-1 against Hungary, Portugal had a foot out of the tournament as Hungary scored as soon as the second half commenced. After facing all the criticism from the pundits and fans during the first two games Ronaldo had to do something. Already assisting Nani to equalize in the first half, the captain took matters in his own hand now.
It didn’t take much time for Ronaldo to react to the Hungary goal as he stunned their 40 year old goalie with a piece of magic. Joao Mario put in a lovely low cross for Ronaldo who was making his way in the penalty box ahead of his marker and Ronaldo ran ahead of the ball confusing the Hungary defender and in the nick of time, just gave it a little flick from the back of his heel as the ball found its way back to the net and the competition witnessed Ronaldo’s trademark celebration for the first time.
The talisman of the team saw his team trailing in the do or die game against Poland and provided a stunning goal for his team to equalize late on. Poland struck early in the game and then sat back and defended. The Polish defense was unbreakable so far in the tournament and not even Germany had gotten past their defense. Switzerland had a tough task ahead. The game was reaching its end and Switzerland kept trying with no luck.
Another ball was put into Poland’s penalty box which was cleared and the ball came bouncing towards Shaqiri who went for the overhead kick without any second thought and got the equalizing goal for his team. The goal was absolutely out of the word and it was scored at such a vital time that it could not have been executed with more perfection. The goal reminded people of Rooney’s goal against Manchester City although it wasn’t enough for Switzerland as they lost on penalties.