FourFourTwo's 5 best European Cup and Champions League volleys
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5. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, SCHALKE vs Real Madrid, 2013/14
A footnote to what was a shattering last 16 home defeat for the Gelsenkirchen outfit, but what a footnote it was. Braces from Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristano Ronaldo had fired Los Blancos into a six-goal first-leg lead when the home side sauntered forward one last time in search of some solace.
When a left-wing cross fell favourably for Huntelaar 20 yards out, the Dutch goal-getter presumably thought ‘why not?’ and smashed his volley in off the crossbar. A 3-1 second-leg defeat at the Bernabeu saw Madrid through 9-2 on aggregate en route to securing La Decima against city rivals Atletico.
4. Mario Coluna, BENFICA vs Barcelona, 1960/61
Coluna had broken his nose in just the eighth minute of the 1961 final against Barcelona in Bern, but made sure he had the last laugh at the Wankdorf Stadium. The Catalans, eyeing a first European Cup, edged ahead through Sandor Kocsis’ strike but were behind by the break after Jose Aguas and an Antoni Ramallets own goal - still the only player to put through his own net in a European Cup final - turned the tussle on its head. Coluna's decisive moment came 10 minutes after half-time, lashing home Domiciano Cavem’s cross on the edge of the penalty area. Benfica bagged their first European Cup, and they retained the trophy 12 months later with Coluna scoring again in a Eusebio-inspired 5-3 victory over Real Madrid.
Skip to 2:05 to see Coluna crash home the winner
3. Jean-Pierre Papin, Porto vs MILAN, 1992/93
Porto had shown no mercy en route to the inaugural Champions League group phase, having marched through qualifying with a 9-1 aggregate battering of Union Luxembourg and 6-2 stuffing of Swiss side Sion. But the might of Milan proved a different proposition entirely. A pair of single-goal defeats was no disgrace, with £10 million world record signing Jean-Pierre Papin hitting a howitzer in Portugal. The Rossoneri won all six group games on their path to the final, where they were beaten by Marseille, Basile Boli & Co.
2. Arjen Robben, Man United vs BAYERN, 2009/10
Trailing 2-1 from the quarter-final first leg in Munich, the Red Devils seemed set for a semi-final spot as Darron Gibson and Nani (2) fired United into a 3-0 lead. But Ivica Olic’s effort shortly before the break got nerves jangling, and right-back Rafael's second yellow card five minutes after it had home fans panicking. Sixteen minutes remained when Robben waited for a Franck Ribery corner to drop perfectly onto his left peg, larruping home to send the “typical Germans” - as Sir Alex Ferguson labelled them - through to the final four. Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan would eventually get the better of them in the Madrid showpiece.
1. Claudio Lopez, PSV Eindhoven vs VALENCIA, 1999/00
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“Kily Gonzalez was the first team-mate to come over to me, and he bowed down to show it had not been an ordinary goal,” Lopez told FFT in 2012. Indeed it hadn't. The Argentine watched Amadeo Carboni’s long free-kick drop over his shoulder before looping the ball first time beyond PSV Eindhoven custodian Ronald Waterreus. Lopez’s fourth-minute sensation would later be cancelled out by a Ruud van Nistelrooy penalty, but Los Che would go on to reach the final, beaten 3-0 by Real Madrid in Paris.