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Tuesday’s Top 5 Champions League Goals: Which was the best?

Edinson Cavani

PSG’s Edinson Cavani, celebrates after scoring against Apoel during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Apoel and Paris Saint Germain, at GSP stadium, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)


Tuesday in the Champions League was absolutely crazy.

Forty goals were scored across eight matches, three of which ended up as total romps with Bayern Munich crushing Roma 7-1, Shaktar Donetsk thrashing BATE 7-0 and Chelsea mauling Maribor 6-0.

With an average of five goals per game there were many, many gems.

But which one was the best?

Below are the Top 5 goals of the night supported in all their glory with gifs.

5. Arjen Robben’s shimmy and strike

We’ve seen this before, Arjen Robben shaking his defender to get the ball on his magical left foot for a curling finish. The victim in this 9th minute strike? None other than Ashley Cole.

4. Edinson Cavani’s spin-o-rama

Edinson Cavani proves his quality in the 87th minute by perfectly taking down the service, keeping his balance, spinning 360 degrees between two defenders and finding the match-winner.

3. Mario Gotze’s one-two with Thomas Muller

Mario Gotze delivers an ankle-breaking step over that leaves his defender in the dust and Thomas Muller gives a slick back heel in return. Gotze’s one-touch finish is the right decision as this 23rd minute strike handed Bayern Munich a 2-0 lead.

2. Porto cuts up Bilbao with sensational team goal

This one may not catch your eye on first look but re-watch it a few times and you’ll soon bask in the brilliance. The one-two between Juan Quintero and Christian Tello is virtually indefensible and Hector Herrera’s 45th minute one-touch finish is classy. Barcelona-esque.

1. Eden Hazard’s takedown, behind-the-back, cut-back and strike

This is just silly. Eden Hazard had been giving the Maribor defense nightmares all night, dancing over the ball toying with his opponents. In the 90th minute Nathan Ake sprung him for a sensational solo goal. Note the takedown, behind-the-back move into a devastating cut-back before sending the strike far post. Stop it.

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