WATCH: Six of the best goals scored at Euro 2016

Date published: Tuesday 12th July 2016 7:38

Xherdan Shaqiri: Goal of the tournament contender

Xherdan Shaqiri: Goal of the tournament contender

The feeling of scoring in front of millions watching across the continent for any player is a unique experience, but when the goal is a cracker it is even more special.

A total of 108 goals were scored during the tournament and some of them were truly unforgettable efforts, which deserve to be watched again and again.

Here are the six best goals scored at the 2016 European Championships…

6. Radja Nainggolan (Belgium) v Wales – Quarter-Final

Belgium seemed set to continue from where they left off in their 4-0 win against Hungary when Radja Nainggolan’s powerful drive in the 13th-minute opened the scoring against Wales. However, despite Nainggolan’s drilled effort from outside the area, a resurgent Welsh hit the Belgians with three goals of their own for a stunning 3-1 victory.

5. Marek Hamsik (Slovakia) v Russia – Group B

Slovakia raced into a 2-0 lead in their vital Group B clash with Russia on the stroke of half-time thanks to a stunning strike from Marek Hamsik. The Napoli man received a short corner before firing a shot in off the post to put the Slovaks – who held out for a 2-1 win – in command.

4. Luka Modric (Croatia) v Turkey – Group D

Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric hit a sensational volley to get Croatia’s Euro 2016 campaign off to a winning start against Turkey. The former Tottenham Hotspur star showed superb technique to strike a looped clearance sweetly from 25 yards out, which flew over a congested penalty area before dipping low past Turkish keeper Volkan Babacan.

3. Dimitri Payet (France) v Romania – Group A

West Ham star Dimitri Payet came to France’s rescue with a spectacular winner in the 89th minute of their tournament opener with Romania. A draw looked likely with the hosts struggling to break down a resolute Romanian defence, until Payet capped off an excellent individual display on the night with a wonder goal at the end.

2. Cristano Ronaldo (Portugal) v Hungary – Group F

Ronaldo’s first goal of Euro 2016 was one to remember as it not only made him the first player to score in four European Championships, it was also a beauty. The Portuguese captain turned in Joao Mario’s cross with a deft back-heel flick to draw his country level before scoring again in a 3-3 draw.

1. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) v Poland – Round of 16

Switzerland forced extra-time against Poland after a sublime overhead bicycle kick from 18 yards out by Xherdan Shaqiri cancelled out Jakub Blaszczykowski’s first-half opener. It was an outstanding effort worthy of winning any game of football, unfortunately though it was not enough on this occasion as the Poles progressed after winning 5-4 on penalties.

Aron Hegarty

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