Another Premier League season is in the books, and with this one came some memorable strikes. Champions Manchester City finished the season with 95 goals scored, and the Golden Boot was shared by three players, with Liverpool duo Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having scored 22 goals. Two out of the five best goals came during the business end of the year, giving them some extra significance. Here’s my countdown of the best goals the Premier League had to offer in 2018/19.
5. Aubameyang vs Leicester City
This was a team goal at it’s finest. Arsenal players passed the ball 15 times during this play, with the cherry on top being Mesut Ozil’s wonderful dummy that cut open the Leicester defense. Alexander Lacazette then played a first time ball back to Ozil, and the German squared it for Aubameyang to tap home. A move that all soccer purists would be proud of.
4. Hazard vs West Ham
Eden Hazard is a master dribbler, so it’s no surprise that his goal involved taking out the defenders in his way. The Belgian picked up the ball in the middle before splitting past Mark Noble and Declan Rice. Hazard then glided past both Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna, rode Ryan Fredericks’ challenge, and slotted one past Lukasz Fabianski. Unstoppable.
3. Salah vs Chelsea
A goal against your former club is definitely one to remember, and Mo Salah made sure his strike against Chelsea lived long in the memory. With his side up 1-0 early in the second half, the Egyptian wizard collected a long ball from Virgil Van Dijk on the right hand side before cutting infield. Salah then knocked the ball past Emerson before curling a cannon of a shot past Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the top corner. Salah’s goal–and ensuing Yoga celebration–was the stuff of legends.
2. Kompany vs Leicester City
In the penultimate gameweek of the season, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany did the unthinkable. With his side needing a goal to maintain their lead at the top of the table, the Belgian took it upon himself to find a winner. Kompany collected a pass from his center back partner Aymeric Laporte before casually dribbling up-field. With no Leicester City player closing him down, Kompany hit a thunderous strike past Kasper Schmeichel that nearly took the net off. His teammate Sergio Aguero was seen telling him not to shoot, but we’re all glad he did.
1. Townsend vs Manchester City
Crystal Palace traveled to the City of Manchester stadium last December with little expectations. What ensued, however was a moment of a lifetime. With the score tied at 1-1 late in the first half, Palace’s Patrick Van Aanholt sent in a hopeful cross off a free-kick. The ball was cleared twice by Man City, but Bernardo Silva’s poor header out fell directly to Andros Townsend. The Englishman met the ball with all his might, and hit a perfect, unstoppable volley that left City keeper Ederson no chance. The home fans were stunned, and Palace went on to win the match, capping off an unforgettable day for the Eagles.
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