Czech striker Patrik Schick’s goal from the midfield line in the match against Scotland was declared the most beautiful goal of the 2020 European Championship, the European Football Federation (UEFA) announced, while Luka Modrić’s goal took third place.
After the Czech Republic won the ball in the 52nd minute and went on to counter, Schick shot from the middle of the field, and the ball soared over goalkeeper David Marshall’s head.
The Bayer Leverkusen striker shot from 45.4 meters, which is officially the farthest distance from which a goal was scored at the Euros.
The winner was decided by the fans who voted on the official UEFA website between 10 goals selected by the UEFA technical commission. Schick’s goal received almost 800,000 votes.
In second place was the goal by French midfielder Paul Pogba against Switzerland, while Luka Modrić came in third with his outside-of-the-boot goal scored against Scotland. Modrić scored for 2:1 in the 62nd minute of Croatia’s final group stage match. It was a masterpiece by the captain, and a signature Luka strike.
With this goal, Modrić entered Croatian football history as the oldest Croatia scorer at the European Championships. He scored at the age of 35 years and 286 days. Modrić is also the youngest scorer for Croatia at the European Championships. At EURO 2008 against Austria, he scored a goal at the age of 22 years and 273 days.
In fourth place is the goal of the Italian striker Lorenzo Insigne against Belgium in the quarterfinals, and in the top 5 is Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal for Portugal against Hungary.
LUKA MODRIĆ (CROATIA – Czech Republic 3-1, group)
Andriy Jarmolenko (Ukraine – Netherlands 2-3, group)
Patrik Schick (Czech Republic – Scotland 2-0, group)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal – Hungary 3-0, group)
Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium – Denmark 2-1, group)
Paul Pogba (France – Switzerland 3-3, 4-5 11m, the round of 16)
Lorenzo Insigne (Italy – Belgium 2-1, quarterfinals)
Federico Chiesa (Italy – Spain 1-1, 4-2 11m, semifinals)
Alvaro Morata (Spain – Italy 1-1, 2-4 11m, semifinals)
Mikkel Damsgaard (Denmark – England 1-2, semifinals)
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