Euro 2012 best goals
From Zlatan's volley to Alba's beauty in the final there's been a smattering of great goals at Euro 2012. We pick the best from Poland and Ukraine and invite you to send in your own nominations by filling in the feedback form below...
Last Updated: 02/07/12 12:58pm
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (SWEDEN v France)
It has long been a cliche to describe Ibrahimovic as blowing hot and cold but he demonstrated just what a talent he is with the best goal of the group stage. Sebastian Larsson sent in an innocuous-looking looping cross from the right, with Ibrahimovic only just inside the box when he met it with an outrageous acrobatic volley that arrowed into the bottom corner.
SAMI KHEDIRA (GERMANY v Greece)
Germany shrugged off a shock Greek equaliser in stunning fashion in their quarter-final in Gdansk. Khedira was heavily involved in a move that flowed from left to right before Jerome Boateng whipped in a cross that Khedira crashed into the net with a sensational volley, brilliantly keeping the ball down despite both feet being off the ground.
ANDY CARROLL (ENGLAND v Sweden)
The Liverpool man headed to Poland and Ukraine on the back of a much improved final month to the season at Anfield and it showed at the Euros. When called upon his hold-up play was decent and on his only start at the tournament he complemented this with a fine goal. Sweden's Achilles heel for conceding headed goals flared again when from Steven Gerrard's inch-perfect delivery Carroll rose to plant an unstoppable header beyond Andreas Isaksson.
MARIO BALOTELLI (Germany v ITALY)
The goal that ripped the heart out of Germany's Euro 2012 bid. Italy broke from a corner kick and Balotelli timed his run to perfection to beat a poor offside trap and race on to Riccardo Montolivo's ball over the top. The Manchester City star still had plenty to do, holding off Philipp Lahm and smashing an unstoppable 20-yard shot past the statuesque Manuel Neuer.
JAKUB BLASZCZYKOWSKI (POLAND v Russia)
Poland ultimately failed to get out of their group but the co-hosts provided their fans with a moment they will never forget. Losing 1-0 to Russia, who were threatening to score a second goal, they broke from the edge of their own box and the ball was worked down the right to Blaszczykowski, who cut inside and curled a left-foot drive inches inside the post.
MARIO GOMEZ (Holland v GERMANY)
There were plenty more fine long-range strikes in the group stages, but for sheer skills and composure in the penalty area, Gomez's opener against Holland takes some beating. The striker not only managed to stay onside to retrieve Bastian Schweinsteiger's pass but he did so with a gorgeous pirouette and drag back before calmly sidefooting into the corner of the net.
JORDI ALBA (SPAIN v Italy)
Save the best for last? Few goals illuminate the fact all of Spain's players are not just confident in possession but revel in it, than Alba's majestic effort against Italy. The quicksilver full-back made darting inroads down the left flank before passing infield to Xavi. The rest was a thing of beauty as the most sumptuous return ball gave a rapid Alba the opportunity to stroke a perfect finish past Gianluigi Buffon as if a seasoned striker. Not a bad signing for Barcelona...
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