Euro 2012: Top 10 Goals

So Euro 2012 is over and Spain are the Champions. It’s been a wonderful few weeks of glorious football and to celebrate it, the Coin Toss brings you the Top 10 goals from the tournament:

10. Sami Khedira vs. Greece – After the Greeks surprisingly levelled the quarter final at 1-1, Germany hit back immediately, Sami Khedira thumping home a volley that thundered in off the underside of the crossbar.

9. Andrea Pirlo vs. Croatia – The midfield magician was better known for his metronomic-like passing throughout the tournament, but he also opened the scoring against Croatia with a well-placed free kick.

8. Danny Welbeck vs. Sweden – England were struggling against Sweden, despite equalising at 2-2 thanks to Theo Walcott. However, they went one better as Walcott broke down the right before feeding Welbeck in the penalty area who finished with a casual backheel.

7. David Silva vs. Italy – The opening goal in the final was the perfect example of Spanish passing at its very best. Xavi and Iniesta sprayed the ball across the park on numerous occasions before Cesc Fabregas broke clear on the right before tucking the ball back for Silva to nod home.

6. Mario Gomes vs. Netherlands – The German goal machine gave his side the lead against rivals Netherlands in the group stage, sumptuously turning to fire home a through ball from Bastian Schweinsteiger.

5. Mario Balotelli vs. Germany – With Italy already a goal to the good, the Germans were laying siege to their defence before Buffon parried out a cross. The Italians broke up field before Riccardo Montolivo picked out Balotelli with a delightful pass. The striker brought it down before unleashing a rocket beyond Manuel Neuer. And what about the celebration too!

4. Rafael van der Vaart vs. Portugal – Possibly the only bright spot of the Netherlands’ entire tournament. Needing a 2-0 win over Portugal to avoid an early exit, Van der Vaart gave them the perfect start, curling home a beauty from the edge of the area.

3. Mario Balotelli vs. Republic of Ireland – Italy were 1-0 up against the Irish in stoppage time when they won a corner. Balotelli met it with a spectacular acrobatic effort, firing beyond Shay Given before rather ruining it by attempting to mouth off at the bench.

2. Jakub Błaszczykowski vs. Russia – Poland were staring down the barrel when they were 1-0 down to Russia in their second group game before the skipper saved them with a moment of magic. Picking up the ball outside the area, he skipped past one defender before curling a bullet into the top corner.

1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs. France – Zlatan proved his worth on the big stage at last when he notched with a volley of stunning technique and power that flew past Hugo Lloris in the French goal. A truly brilliant finish that deserves the prize of goal of the tournament.

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