News ID: 313547
Published: 1126 GMT June 01, 2021

Taremi’s Chelsea strike shortlisted for UCL Goal of the Tournament

Taremi’s Chelsea strike shortlisted for UCL Goal of the Tournament

Porto’s Mehdi Taremi (L) scores during a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, Seville, Spain, on April 13, 2021.

Sports Desk

Iranian Mehdi Taremi’s overhead strike against Chelsea was picked among the candidates for Goal of the Tournament in the newly-finished UEFA Champions League (UCL) season.

The UEFA’s official website has asked its viewers to pick their favorite strike from a 10-goal shortlist.

Porto striker’s spectacular goal in the dying seconds of a last-eight second-leg encounter led the Portuguese club to a 1-0 victory over the Premier League side in Seville, Spain.

The win, however, proved too little, too late for Porto as Chelsea won the tie 2-1 on aggregate before going all the way to lift the trophy by beating Manchester City in Porto’s Estadio do Dragao on Saturday.

Taremi, now with the national team ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in Bahrain, enjoyed a memorable debut season with Porto, scoring 23 goals, coupled with 18 assists, across all competitions.

The UEFA’s list also features some of the big names in the European football.

Kylian Mbappé’s curling effort during a last-16 4-1 victory over Barcelona for PSG, as well as Lionel Messi’s screamer for the Catalans in the reverse fixture were named among the contenders.

Real Madrid duo Karim Benzema and Luka Modric also made the list for their goals against Chelsea (semifinal, first leg) and Shakhtar Donetsk (group stage) respectively.

Another bicycle kick on the list belongs to Chelsea frontman Olivier Giroud, whose goal led the London club to a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.

Neymar’s strike from behind the box – in a 5-1 rout of Istanbul Basaksehir – also earned PSG’s Brazilian a place on the list.

Mönchengladbach’s Alassane Plea, Manor Solomon of Shakhtar, and RB Leipzig’s Angelino completed the shortlist for their respective goals against Shakhtar, Real Madrid, and Basaksehir.



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