The first round of the group games are over now. A total of 22 goals have been scored in the tournament so far. There haven’t been many matches with a goalfest, however, just 12 matches into the tournament, we already have some of the strong contenders for ‘Goal of the tournament’.
Here’s our pick for the top five Euro 2016 goals so far.
5. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s goal against Ukraine
The 2014 World champions started their Euro 2016 campaign with a 2 – 0 win over Ukraine and the win was sealed by none other than the Die Mannschaft captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. The Manchester United midfielder was subbed in by Joachim Low to play in the last few minutes of the match in Lille. Schweinsteiger, who was sidelined due to injury in his last few months at United, came on and scored this brilliant goal and the pinpoint assist was provided by the assist master Mesut Ozil himself.
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4. Eric Dier free-kick against Russia
England didn’t get the perfect start in France they would have hoped for. The Three Lions were minutes away from clinching all three points, but Berezutski punished them with an injury time equalizer. Despite having two of last season’s Premier League top scorers in their rank, England’s goal came from an unusual source and what a goal it was. Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier opened the account for England at Euro 2016 with this cracking thunderbolt which seemed almost impossible to stop.
3. Gareth Bale free-kick goal against Slovakia
In Wales’ opening game in Bordeaux against Slovakia, Gareth Bale did what he does the best. The world’s most expensive player scored his trademark free-kick. Taking nothing away from the strike, it won’t be outrageous to say that the keeper could have done much better.
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2. Opening Day winner scored by France’s Dimitri Payet against Romania
Dimitri Payet saved Didier Deschamps’ blushes on the opening day of the tournament in France. Payet was easily the best player on the pitch that day and is arguably the best performer at Euro 2016 so far. With only a minute of normal time remaining on the clock, the West Ham stalwart blasted this incredible left foot shot past the keeper.
An Alternate Angle, just to show how perfect the strike actually was.
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1. Luka Modric’s ridiculous goal against Turkey
Luka Modric rarely scores goals but when he does, you can be sure it will be a stunner. The Croatians have a few star names in their squad but in the time of need they all look towards the Real Madrid midfielder for inspiration. Here’s how he broke the deadlock against Turkey in the 41st minute. A strike of the highest quality, which would make even Paul Scholes proud.