NMA – Champions League MD-4 Goal of the Week
The MD-4 Champions League produced 53 goals in 16 matches. Several of them stood out as being truly special, and four were nominated for MD-4 Goal of the Week.
Lukas Nmecha was finally crowned the winner, but did the experts get it right? Below I present each lens for your consideration. Weigh their merits, and then you will be the judge!
This one is the official winner, and based on sheer individual skill, maybe he should be. At full stride, Nmecha throws a ball down to his feet, takes a single touch, then launches a rocket in the top corner.
Fast forward to 1h30 for this wonderful demonstration of technique:
If Nmecha’s goal was the best individual effort, then Karim Benzema’s goal must certainly be the best team goal. Like pylons in a training ground drill, Shakhtar’s defenders are frozen by three quick one-touch passes in preparation for Benzema’s first-touch shot. Movements like this are why we call football the beautiful game:
Here we have another great team goal. Bruno Fernandes sends the ball to Ronaldo, then performs a diagonal run that opens the space in front of the net. Ronaldo serves Mason Greenwood then makes his own race in the space that Bruno has just created. Greenwood passes the ball to Bruno, who gives a cheeky flick back that Ronaldo sends home. Delicious.
The goal was half of a brace that CR7 scored for Man United in that game, and he also took home player of the match honors. Go to the 1:35 mark for the designated goal.
Like the Fernandes-Ronaldo combo, this Bayern Munich goal is another where the assist is as sweet as the goal. The timing of Leroy Sane’s run is perfect, and the weight and precision of his square pass to Lewandowski is perfect. Lewa then takes a skilful first touch before smugly dining the ball on a rushing Odysseas Vlachodimos.
Lewandowski made his fantasy owners very happy that day, and those who led him were downright ecstatic: this goal was just one of three he scored, plus he provided an assist to Leroy Sane. Surprisingly, he also missed a penalty, but his player-of-the-match points more than made up for the deduction for that.
Jump to the 0:22 mark to go straight to the designated goal:
Do you agree with the official ruling that Nmecha’s goal was the best? Why or why not? Think about the choices, then vote in our poll!
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