Two Iranians among nominees for Best AFC 2020 Free Kick

TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) – Two Iranian players have been nominated for the Free Kicks of the 2020 AFC Champions League.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has looked back at the 2020 tournament which turned out to be a thrilling affair despite the challenging circumstances.

AFC kicked off the series in style, with fans voting Persepolis FC's Mehdi Abdi Qara as the winner of Best Headers of 2020. The next installment looks at the fabulous goals scored from free-kicks

This time six players have been nominated for the Best Free Kicks of the 2020 Champions League.

Here are the nominees:

Ramin Rezaeian

Al Duhail SC vs Sharjah, Matchday Three

New signing Ramin Rezaeian struck the pick of goals to send Al Duhail 2-0 up early in the second half after Almoez Ali had scored the opener for the Qataris in the 40th minute.

The Iranian international had joined Al Duhail just three weeks prior after enjoying a magnificent individual 2019-20 season, scoring 13 times for his former side Al Shahania in the Qatar Stars League.

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Ali Karimi

Pakhtakor vs Esteghlal, Round of 16

With 32 minutes gone, Esteghlal’s Mehdi Ghaedi looked to make his way into the penalty box but was brought down just outside the area by Khojiakbar Alijonov.

Ali Karimi stepped up to take the resulting free-kick, curling the ball beautifully into the back of the net past rooted Pakhtakor goalkeeper Eldorbek Suyunov.

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Ai Kesen

Vissel Kobe vs Guangzhou Evergrande, Matchday Four

The Chinese Super League side kept knocking on the door with Talisca missing two chances in succession while teammate Zhong Yihao’s effort was expertly saved by Hiroki Iikura, and eventually succeeded in doubling their lead when Ai Kesen’s right footed sublime free-kick settled in the net for the 30th AFC Champions League goal of his career.

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Bruno Fornaroli

Shanghai Shenhua FC vs Perth Glory, Matchday Five

Fornaroli showed them all how it was done in the second minute of added time, picking out the top corner with a scorching 25-yard free-kick to put Perth ahead at half-time, giving the Uruguayan his first career goal in Asian competition.

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Yoon Bit-garam

FC Tokyo vs Ulsan Hyundai FC, Matchday Five

Yoon Bit-garam’s double earned Ulsan Hyundai FC a 2-1 win over FC Tokyo as the Korea Republic side came from behind to advance to the quarter-finals. Yoon's first goal was an absolute peach, as he levelled the tie with a curling free-kick just before the break.

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Jonathan Viera

Beijing FC vs FC Seoul, Matchday Five

Bruno Genesio’s men opened the scoring through a smartly executed free-kick thanks to Spaniard Jonathan Viera, who fired it low into the keeper’s far side after he was initially fouled by Kim Won-sik.

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