UEFA's technical observers have picked their top ten goals of UEFA EURO 2016 with one player making the list twice and a spectacular strike in first place.
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The UEFA technical observers have chosen their top ten goals of UEFA EURO 2016.
Top ten goals of UEFA EURO 2016
1. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland v Poland, round of 16)
2. Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales v Belgium, quarter-finals)
3. Dimitri Payet (France v Romania, group stage)
4. Marek Hamšík (Slovakia v Russia, group stage)
5. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal v Hungary, group stage)
6. Éder (Portugal v France, final)
7. Antoine Griezmann (France v Iceland, quarter-finals)
8. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal v Wales, semi-finals)
9. Eden Hazard (Belgium v Hungary, round of 16)
10. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium v Republic of Ireland, group stage)
The goals were selected by UEFA's 13-strong panel of technical observers, led by UEFA chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu and including Sir Alex Ferguson, Alain Giresse, David Moyes, Packie Bonner, Mixu Paatelainen, Savo Milošević, Peter Rudbæk, Gareth Southgate, Thomas Schaaf, Jean-François Domergue, Ginés Meléndez and Jean-Paul Brigger.
Yesterday, Zoltán Gera's strike for Hungary against Portugal was chosen by fans as their Carlsberg Goal of the Tournament – having won the first fans' Goal of the Group Stage vote. Ioan Lupescu said: "We can certainly see why the fans liked Zoltán Gera's goal against Portugal. It was a sweetly struck half-volley but narrowly missed out when the Technical Observers chose their top ten goals.
"We chose from a shortlist of 26, including Gera's volley, and were looking for exceptional and not commonly seen goals that resulted from a high-level of individual skill or a great team action. We factored in many things, including the degree of difficulty of execution and the importance of the goal and ruled out goals that we deemed to be unintentional or which were deflected before going in.
"The observers admired not only the acrobatic physical skills of Xherdan Shaqiri's goal but the purity of the contact with the ball. It was a wonderful goal and one of the highlights of UEFA EURO 2016."
The technical observers have made their choices bases on various criteria, which had been outlined before the tournament. Two technical observers were present at every game and their reports will contribute to the UEFA EURO 2016 technical report, which will be released on UEFA.com in September.
There were four Carlsberg Goal of the Round fan votes during EURO, won by Zoltán Gera (group stage: Hungary v Portugal), Xherdan Shaqiri (round of 16: Switzerland v Poland), Hal Robson-Kanu (quarter-finals: Wales v Belgium) and Cristiano Ronaldo (semi-finals: Portugal v Wales). Éder's final-winning goal for Portugal against France was then added for the final Goal of the Tournament vote, which was won by Gera.