Euro 2012: Top 10 Goals for the Tournament so Far

Matthew JamesContributor IIIJune 26, 2012

Euro 2012: Top 10 Goals for the Tournament so Far

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    The number of teams in the Euro 2012 has dwindled to four, but some magnificent goals have illustrated the skill and bravado Europe has to offer the footballing world.  

    Interspersed with volleys, headers and acrobatics, this tournament has demonstrated why its prestige is second only to the World Cup.

    Here's a look at the top ten goals of the European Championship.

Andy Carroll vs Sweden

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    Andy Carroll's finish of Steven Gerrard's cross was impressive enough as he out-jumped the Swedish defense to direct the ball into the back of the net.  

    The keeper had no chance and Carroll proved why he was selected for the English squad.

Mario Gomez vs the Netherlands

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    Mario Gomez's first touch was a little more razzle-dazzle than what is expected out of Bayern Munich's scoring ace.  

    Already having netted three goals in the tournament (despite not starting the game against Greece), Super Mario has answered the question whether or not he will be an adequate replacement for German great, Miroslav Klose.

Sami Khedira vs Greece

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    Sami Khedira buried a volley in the roof of the net to take the lead against Greece.  

    Although the cross was intended for Miroslav Klose's head, Khedira had no problem with taking his shot on the first touch.

Andrea Pirlo vs England

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    Cocky, gutsy, cheeky.  Maybe brash?  More conventional players try to bury their penalty, but Andrea Pirlo maintained a cool demeanor while taking his penalty against England during the shootout.  

    Italy's midfield maestro always makes it look easy.

Robin Van Persie vs. Germany

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    Robin van Persie played poorly for most of the Netherlands' Euro campaign, but his long-distance goal versus Germany was his one highlight for the tournament. 

Andrea Pirlo vs Croatia

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    Andrea Pirlo's bending shot against Croatia was the only goal for the Italians during the match and the only goal from a free kick so far. 

Mario Balotelli vs Ireland

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    Soccer fans should always expect the unexpected from Mario Balotelli, even glimpses of brilliance.  His bicycle kick punctuated Italy's thorough defeat of Ireland. 

Cristiano Ronaldo vs the Czech Republic

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    Was there any doubt that this man would make the list?  Cristiano Ronaldo's diving header against the Czech Republic guaranteed Portugal a spot against Spain.

    Following a long series of narrow misses and shots off the uprights, Ronaldo finally capitalized on a cross by heading the ball straight down.  It bounced out of the reach of Petr Cech and into the top of the net.

Danny Welbeck vs Sweden

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    When I first saw the goal, I wasn't completely sure what had happened.  

    Theo Walcott demonstrated his brilliance with a fine dribble and cross, but Danny Welbeck's airborne back-heel outshone everyone that night.  

    The goal was a fantastic conclusion for the dramatic match.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs France

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    As unsavory as he might be, Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced a magnificent finish against France. 

    Receiving the cross at the edge of the box, the Swedish captain clinically volleyed the ball into the side netting.