UEFA announce Euro 2016 goal of the tournament

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Euro 2016 was a tournament low on quality and pretty short on spectacular goals.

But there were still a few strikes that got us all out of our seats.

Perhaps the one that will be remembered most is the magnificent overhead kick by Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri - but that particular goal has not won UEFA’s Goal of the Tournament award.


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Neither did Eder’s goal for Portugal against France in the final, Cristiano Ronaldo’s superb header against Wales in the semi-finals or that screamer by Belgium’s Radja Nainggolan in the quarter-finals.

Luka Modric’s volley against Turkey was also overlooked, as was Dimitri Payet’s cracker against Romania in the tournament opener.

Zoltan Gera wins best goal for Portugal strike

Instead, the award went to Zoltan Gera’s half-volley for Hungary against Portugal in the group stages.

Fair enough: it was a great goal, but best of the tournament?

Twitter reacts

Here’s how people on Twitter have reacted to the decision.

Surely Shaqiri should have won?

Shaqiri’s goal was surely the standout of the tournament; it was a scissors-kick from the edge of the penalty area. What more did people want?

Sky Sports' Euro 2016 polls

Surprisingly, people voting in a Sky Sports poll also voted in their droves for Gera’s strike.

A whopping 122,000 votes were cast in favour of Gera’s strike. In second place was Shaqiri’s goal with a relatively modest 29,000 votes, followed by Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal v Belgium (19k), Payet v Romania (10k) and Nainggolan v Wales (10k).

Sky Sports also asked people to vote for their best player of the tournament.

Iceland’s Kolbeinn Sigthorsson took top spot, followed by France’s Antoine Griezmann - officially the best player of Euro 2016 - Wales’ Aaron Ramsey, Payet and Gareth Bale.

Sky also asked people to vote for their best moment of Euro 2016.

Steve McClaren freezing on air was obviously the best moment, but that only finished sixth on Sky’s list.

Robson-Kanu’s wonder goal took top spot, followed by the Iceland fans' volcano celebration, Shaqiri's moment of magic, Iceland commentator goes nuts and 'Will Grigg's on fire’.

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