The Best 2020/21 Champions League Goals from Gameweek 3 – Ranked

The Best 2020/21 Champions League Goals from Gameweek 3 - Ranked

The third week of Champions League action delivered on the goal front once more, with a series of crackers across the 16 group stage ties.

There was a big win for Borussia Monchengladbach, a Diogo Jota masterclass from Liverpool and a defensive disaster for Manchester United.

Let’s take a look at the very best goals from gameweek three.

Lars Stindl
Stindl netted for Monchengladbach 

Monchengladbach had an absolute field day against Shakhtar on Tuesday evening as they hit their Ukrainian opponents for six.

Stindl netted his side’s fourth with a cooly struck first time finish from the edge of the box.

Christopher Nkunku
Nkunku netted a cracker against PSG

Nkunku levelled the scores in Paris with a cracking low drive from range.

The Leipzig midfielder collected the ball on the edge of the box and picked out the bottom corner with a stunningly accurate finish.

The quality of a goal is subjective and Ba’s worms its way onto the shortlist simply for the sheer chaos of the United defending.

The former Chelsea forward was left unmarked on the halfway line after 13 minutes. Beautiful.

Luis Diaz - Soccer Player
Diaz’s goal was the icing on the cake for Porto 

Luis Diaz grabbed Porto’s third in his side’s 3-0 victory over Marseille, Jesus Corona providing an excellent run and deft flick to lay it into the Colombian winger’s path.

Diaz then cooly passed the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the box.

Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane
Mane and Jota combined for Liverpool’s fourth 

Mane popped up with Liverpool’s fourth as they ran riot in Italy.

The Reds forward latched onto Jota’s pass and instinctively dinked the ball over Marco Sportiello with his first touch.

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Dreyer hit a beauty against Ajax 

It turned out to be just a consolation, but Midtjylland’s first goal in this season’s competition was at least one to savour.

Dreyer cut inside and bent a superb strike past Andre Onana.

Joao Cancelo
Cancelo came off the bench to hit a stunner on the stroke of full time 

Substitute Cancelo wrapped up City’s win on Tuesday night with a fine finish from distance.

The full back combined well with Felix Nmecha before letting fly from outside the box, bending the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

Edin Visca
Bad defending, great finish 

Again, the defending is horrific.

But don’t let this take anything away from the clever dummy from Ba, and the absolute rocket of a finish from Visca.

Ferran Torres
Torres’ goal was wonderfully worked 

Fans of Manchester City and one-twos will be all over this one.

Torres and Kevin De Bruyne played a delightful one-touch one-two to put the Spaniard through on goal, and he cooly tucked the ball home.

Real Madrid’s winner was a thing of beauty. Zidane’s side patiently built from the back before Federico Valverde sent Vinicius Junior scampering away down the left flank.

The Brazil winger picked out his compatriot Rodrygo (missing out Karim Benzema), who provided the finish to match the move, slamming the ball into the top corner.

Jesus marked his return to action with a thunderous finish.

After some typically slick Manchester City build up play, the forward wriggled into the area and unleashed a fizzing effort to beat Jose Sa at his near post. Sergio Aguero-esque.

Morata doubled Juventus’ lead with a fabulous first time finish from the edge of the box.

Weston McKennie popped up with a clever dummy to allow the ball to run into the path of Morata, and he picked out the top corner.

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Leroy Sane, Joshua Kimmich
Sane came off the bench to score for Bayern 

Substitute Sane grabbed Bayern’s fourth of the evening eight minutes after entering the fray with a wonderful curling effort.

The former Manchester City winger cut inside onto his left and bent the ball effortlessly into the top corner.

Diogo Jota
The control for Jota’s second was superb 

Jota enjoyed a memorable night in Italy as he netted his maiden Liverpool hat-trick.

He doubled Liverpool’s and his own tally for the evening by producing a stunning piece of control to take Joe Gomez’s lofted pass in his stride, before firing a half volley into the bottom left hand corner with his second touch.

Atalanta produced some defending that Manchester United would be proud of during Tuesday night’s defeat to Liverpool, with Salah given all the freedom of Lombardy as he raced clean through on goal from inside his own half.

The defending should not detract from the quality of the goal, Salah demonstrating a fine turn of pace to get the better of the Atalanta backline, coupled with an exquisite curling strike into the top left hand corner.

A perfectly executed free kick is oh so satisfying.

Suleymanov opened the scoring against Sevilla with just that, sending his set piece from the edge of the box flying into the top corner.

Both Liverpool and Jota hit a number of fabulous goals during their Tuesday evening rout – but their first was the pick of the bunch.

Jota showed tremendous strength and balance to hold off José Luis Palomino, before delicately flicking the ball over the onrushing Marco Sportiello. A sumptuous finish.

Lautaro Martinez
Martinez fired home a top class finish against Real 

Martinez pulled Inter back into their tie with Real by emphatically applying the finishing to a slick team move.

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The forward latched onto Nicolo Barella’s audacious flick and buried the ball in the bottom corner.

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Yerokhin’s goal was a beauty 

Zenit opened the scoring against Lazio with a goal reminiscent of headers and volleys up at the local park as opposed to a Champions League group stage encounter.

Artem Dzyuba and Yuri Zhirkov combined with a series of headers, and the ball fell to Yerokhin who sent a thunderous volley into the top corner from close range.

We’ve seen intricate team moves, delicate dinked finishes and meticulously precise free kicks.

But when all said and done, is there really a better goal than when someone just absolutely leathers it into the top corner from distance? No. No there is not.

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