European goals of the season: Part II

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Ligue 1 became the last of Europe's major leagues to reach its conclusion last weekend, with Montpellier crowned champions for the first time on Sunday.

A 2-1 victory away against Auxerre was enough for HSC to land the French title, with a brace from John Utaka ensuring they pipped mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain to the crown.

Now that the continent's top league's are now closed for business until August, GMF has laboriously trawled last season's archives to bring you the second instalment of our European goals of the season…


Olcay Sahan

Borussia Dortmund v Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern may have suffered the ignominy of relegation to the second flight of German football, but a draw away at eventual champions Borussia Dortmund was a rare high in a doomed campaign.

The game will be remembered stunning equaliser scored by Red Devils' Olcay Sahan; stunning both its unexpectedness and execution.

After the Dortmund full-back fails to sufficiently deal with a hopeful long ball, Sahan watches the dipping ball all the way onto his left foot and fires a crisp volley to bring his side level. Superb technique.


La Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo

Rayo Vallecano v Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo may have missed out on the Pichichi Trophy to Lionel Messi, but the Real Madrid forward can take comfort from the fact that 46 goals represents an improvement on his own record from the previous season.

With so many strikes to chose from it is difficult to pin down one of Ronaldo's as his finest of the campaign, but this goal against Rayo Vallecano for its inventiveness.

Seeing the ball run loose from a Real corner, Ronaldo chases it down in an attempt to engineer a chance for his side. But, rather than find a teammate, the Portuguese decides to try a backheel from 12 yards out.

It, of course, was a decision that paid off. As audacious as they come, even from Ronaldo.


Ligue 1

Javier Pastore

Evian v Paris Saint-Germain

Many observers baulked at the €40 million PSG paid to bring Javier Pastore to Paris from Palermo last summer, but 13 goals from midfield in his first season with the club represents a decent campaign.

Blessed with wonderfully quick feet and beautifully close control, Pastore possesses the ability to bamboozle the opposition almost at will.

One of the finest examples of Pastore in full-flight was his goal against Evian a month after joining PSG, as the Argentine puts his foot on the accelerator to find space, and cooly slides the ball past the goalkeeper.


Premier League

Peter Crouch

Stoke City v Manchester City

Stoke's reputation as a long-ball team was hardly dispelled by the sensational goal from Peter Crouch, but Tony Pulis will never have seen his tactics executed in a more spectacular manner.

Crouch wins the first header after a long punt upfield from Asmir Begovic, before Jermaine Pennant nods the ball back into the path of the gangly former Tottenham striker.

Crouch then takes one touch to take the ball under control, before unleashing an unstoppable volley on the turn from 25 yards. The ball didn't even touch the ground.


Serie A

Stefano Mauri

Lazio v Napoli

No list would be complete without a well-executed bicycle kick, and this time it comes courtesy of Lazio midfielder Stefano Mauri.

Stefan Radu stands a cross up the back post where Mauri is lurking, before the former leaps majestically to crash home an overhead finish with his left boot.

Ok, so perhaps Morgan De Sanctis could have done better in an attempt to claw the ball away from his net, but Mauri's athleticism is a joy to behold.


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