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El Haddadi from the halfway line − vote now

There were two minutes left of the inaugural UEFA Youth League season when FC Barcelona's Munir El Haddadi spotted SL Benfica keeper Thierry Graça off his line ... rate the goal.

El Haddadi from the halfway line − vote now
El Haddadi from the halfway line − vote now ©UEFA.com

A spectacular effort from just inside his team's half cemented Munir El Haddadi's status as the outstanding player of the 2013/14 UEFA Youth League.

The audacious attempt, a contender in UEFA's best goal poll, rubber-stamped FC Barcelona's 3-0 victory against SL Benfica and left those inside Nyon's Colovray Stadium for the inaugural final open-mouthed in awe.

The 18-year-old was averaging a goal a game from ten appearances in the competition when he spotted Thierry Graça off his line, let the ball run across his body and unleashed a left-footed shot that gently flicked the base of the upright before nestling in the back of the net.

"Well, I wanted to pass to my team-mate, but then I saw the goalkeeper was too far out of his goal, so I tried and it went in," he told UEFA.com. "We all gave a great performance, we played together really well. We wanted to achieve this success, and it pays back the hard work we put in."

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