Chelsea: Top 5 Goals from 2012 Season

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 14, 2012

Chelsea: Top 5 Goals from 2012 Season

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    Everybody loves goals.

    Chelsea may still have the UEFA Champions League final remaining, but with their domestic season completed for the year, we can start to look back and examine the year that was and more importantly, the top goals that were scored.

    The Blues won some big matches this year, such as their FA Cup win over Liverpool and their Champions League semifinal over Barcelona, scoring some even bigger goals in the process.

    So let's take a look at the top five goals from Chelsea's season this year.

Ramires vs. Barcelona

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    With Barcelona up 2-0 and leading on aggregate 2-1, Ramires' finish at Camp Nou was one of the most composed and exquisite finishes all season.

    The stage couldn't have been bigger, the pressure couldn't have been larger and the finish couldn't have been better from the Brazillian.

Raul Meireles vs. Birmingham City

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    Meireles' goal against Birmingham in the FA Cup deserves mentioning on this list not only as a great finish and powerful strike but also an important goal for Chelsea.

    The Blues had dominated Birmingham the entire match, but had only found the back of the net once and looked exposed a couple of time from the visitors throughout the match. Meireles' goal gave the hosts the crucial second goal that gave Chelsea victory over the visitors.

Juan Mata vs. Arsenal

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    Juan Mata's wonder strike against Arsenal was Chelsea's top long goal from open play this season, with his left-foot shot curling beautifully around the helpless keeper.

    In the context of the game, this goal drew Chelsea level again with Arsenal at 3-3. The Gunners would score twice more to take the game 5-3 but that shouldn't take anything away from this fantastic goal.

Daniel Sturridge vs. Sunderland

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    Sunderland was one of the toughest places to travel to during the English Premier League season, but not for Chelsea, who took all three points thanks to this fantastic goal from Daniel Sturridge.

    The Blues striker found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but with the defender clamouring all over his back, was forced wide.

    No problem for Sturridge, however, who promptly then netted the goal with an audacious backheel.

Frank Lampard vs. Tottenham

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    In the semifinal of the FA Cup against Tottenham, Chelsea were up 3-1 and seemed to have booked their place in the final against Liverpool. With a Champions League clash coming up against Barcelona, they'd have been forgiven for taking the rest of the match easy.

    Problem was, someone forgot to tell Frank Lampard, whose spectacular free kick gave the Blues a 4-1 lead and their greatest goal of the year.

    A deflection off the defender in the wall didn't do much to the flight of the ball, which I'd argue was in from the moment that it left Lampard's boot.

    What was your favourite Chelsea goal this season?


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