Erik Lamela is not the first to score an extraordinary goal in the UEFA Europa League – UEFA.com picks out five of the best, featuring Radamel Falcao and Taison.
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Erik Lamela's audacious effort for Tottenham Hotspur FC on matchday three caught the attention of many, with Jan Vertonghen saying it is the best he has ever seen, but where does it rank in the list of all-time UEFA Europa League goals? UEFA.com picks out five of the best from a competition fast becoming known for wonder strikes and finds that White Hart Lane has previous in this sort of thing.
R. Standard de Liège 1-3 FC Salzburg
Stade Maurice Dufrasne, 07/11/2013
With a stunning acrobatic feat, Salzburg forward Alan produced one of the truly great strikes of the formative years of the UEFA Europa League, the Brazilian meeting a whipped cross into the area with a spectacular volley that sealed a 3-1 group stage victory for the Austrian side.
CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu 1-2 ACF Fiorentina
Cluj Arena, 07/11/2013
Romanian outfit Pandurii may not have managed to achieve a victory in their debut season in UEFA club competition, but this spectacular overhead kick from Eric Pereira was an undoubted highlight and something to remember their 2013/14 group stage campaign by.
Tottenham Hotspur FC 2-1 Olympique Lyonnais
White Hart Lane, 14/02/2013
An example of perfect technique and devastating power, Lyon's Samuel Umtiti produced a stunning equaliser in the 2012/13 round of 32. The full-back latched on to a William Gallas clearance to make it 1-1 before Gareth Bale mustered up a winner for the north London hosts.
FC Metalist Kharkiv 3-1 Rosenborg BK
Metalist Stadium, 08/11/2012
There were shades of Marco van Basten's goal for the Netherlands about this spectacular volley as Taison showed perfect technique to score for Metalist Kharkiv from an unlikely position against Rosenborg, as the Ukrainian outfit moved towards the 2012/13 round of 32.
Club Atlético de Madrid 3-0 Athletic Club
Arena Națională, 09/05/2012
Top scorer in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League, Radamel Falcao was unplayable in the final against Athletic Club; the striker collected Diego's pass with what seemed to be a lot of work still to do, going on to evade Fernando Amorebieta before clipping in the opening goal.