UEFA's Top 10 Goals of Euro 2016

​Euro 2016 may not have been the greatest tournament we've ever seen, but it did offer up some truly beautiful goals along the way. 


Now, with the tournament wrapped up and Portugal confirmed as champions, UEFA technical observers have revealed their top 10 goals of Euro 2016. 


The goals were selected by a 13-man panel including the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Packie Bonner and Gareth Southgate. Here's the list.

10. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium v Republic of Ireland, Group Stage)

​Now, UEFA being UEFA, they haven't specified which of Lukaku's two goals against Ireland was selected. Well, we're going to go ahead and assume it was this peach, which opened the scoring against Martin O'Neill's men with a beautifully curled left-footed drive. 


The Belgians ultimately had a tournament to forget, crashing out to Wales, but Lukaku at least had his finest hour against the Irish. 

9. Eden Hazard (Belgium v Hungary, Round of 16)

​It's been a funny old period for Hazard, who's battled injury and loss of form over the past year, but provided an exciting glimpse of his devastating best during Belgium's win over Hungary, dashing past a couple of defenders before bending an unstoppable shot into the far corner.


Incoming ​Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be hoping to see plenty more of that this season. 

8. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal v Wales, Semi-Finals)

​We all know Cristiano Ronaldo is a freak of nature. This bullet header had shades of that time to he leapt through the air for ​Manchester United against Roma. 


Against Wales, Ronaldo catapulted himself into mid-air, stayed there, tensed the neck muscles and pumped his forehead onto the ball, watching the ball fly beautifully into the net to seal Portugal's spot in the final. 

7. Antoine Griezmann (France v Iceland, Quarter-Finals)

Undoubtedly, Antoine Griezmann was the star of Euro 2016. Scoring six times en route to the final, Griezmann's picturebook strike against Iceland was the pick of the bunch. 


Showcasing his immense speed to motor past a weary Icelandic defence, the diminutive Frenchman showed the deftest touch in calmly lifting the ball over Hannes Þór Halldórsson to delight the home fans. 

6. Éder (Portugal v France, Final)

​It came out of nowhere. Eder, practically anonymous up to that point in the tournament, suddenly pulled out a 25-yard firecracker to clinch Portugal's first major honour - and it was a goal fit to win any final. 


Wrestling free of Laurent Koscielny, Eder unleashed a wicked, skimming drive that caught Hugo Lloris off guard to break French hearts and etch his name into the history books. 

5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal v Hungary, Group Stage)

Ronaldo didn't come close to dominating the group stages, but his astonishing level of natural ability allows him to conjure up moments of magic like this. ​


During a crazy, see-saw 3-3 draw with Hungary, Ronaldo pulled off a magnificent backheel finish a la Gianfranco Zola - and he was understandably delighted with his work. 

4. Marek Hamšík (Slovakia v Russia, Group Stage)

​Unfortunately for Slovakia, the ​Napoli playmaker was unable to carry them further through the tournament, but Hamsik still demonstrated his excellent quality with this sumptuous finish against Russia in the group stages. 


A personal highlight for Hamsik, who helped Slovakia secure their first win at the Euros. 

3. Dimitri Payet (France v Romania, Group Stage)

Another stunning strike to add to Payet's impressive portfolio from the last year or so, this rocket lit up France's opening victory against Romania (which now seems like an eternity ago). 


Picking up the ball just outside the area, the ​West Ham winger let loose a rocket into the top corner. ​

2. Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales v Belgium, Quarter-Finals)

​It's a goal Robson-Kanu will never forget. Single-handedly bamboozling a trio of Belgium defenders - Thomas Meunier, Marouane Fellaini and Jason Denayer - with a breathtaking Cruyff turn, the Wales striker proceeded to perfectly place his effort into the corner to send Wales into dreamland. 


Currently without a club, that's about as good an audition you're ever likely to see. 

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

​Surprising absolutely nobody, Shaqiri's astounding scissor kick finish was a goal you can watch over and over again. It is utter technical perfection. Unfortunately, it proved in vain as Poland marched on to the quarter-finals, but the pint-sized ​Stoke attacker will always have that moment to savour. 


It had Goal of the Tournament wrapped up as soon as it left his boot. A simply stunning strike. 

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