Christmas advent calendar countdown: Diego, December 13

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From December 1st until December 25th, one goal will be presented each day. The goals in the calendar have all been scored within the since January 1st this year.

The goals have been picked out by a jury of three people after a thorough review of the football year.

Diego's dazzling shot against FC Barcelona in the UCL quarter finals from last season is today's goal.



When the shot is taken, the balance isn't optimal. The angle from which he shoots is also quite poor.

It would require a considerable outside curl for the ball to find it's way into the net. Evidently, Diego completed that requirement, and scored one of Atletico's most beautiful and important goals of last season.

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This goal fulfils the criteria to a maximum. It was scored in the second half, at Camp Nou, against Barcelona in a Champions League quarter final. 

Was it scored against a top tier opponent? Yes.

Did it have great significance on the fallout of the game/season? Yes.

Was it an incredible shot? Yes.

Conclusion: Wow.

Watch the goal HERE


The goals have been examined on the following points...


- Plain and simple. The goals have been rated in regard of the skill displayed.


- Resistance includes anything that might have affected the level of the opposition.

If a goal means the difference between win and draw, it has been higher valued than a 7-0 goal scored in the 90th minute. The base quality of the team who conceded has also been taken into account.

In order for it to be in the calendar, a goal has to have been scored in one of the following competitions...

- The FIFA World Cup
- UEFA Champions League
- Barclays Premier League
- FA Cup
- Liga BBVA
- Copa del Rey
- Serie A
- Coppa Italia
- Ligue 1
- Coupe de France
- Bundesliga
- DFB-Pokal

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