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Top 5 Champions League goals of all time - #1

Sports Mole's countdown of the top five Champions League goals of all time concludes with our number one - Gareth Bale's overhead kick against Liverpool.

Gareth Bale vs. Liverpool

Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
May 27, 2018
NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium

This was a goal that really did tick every box. Real Madrid had been pegged back at 1-1 by Liverpool when Gareth Bale was brought off the bench and made an instant impact.

Just 122 seconds were needed, and four touches of the ball, for the former Tottenham Hotspur man to leave his mark on the biggest stage of them all - and not for the first time, either.

Bale has the ability to turn it on in the big games, as witnessed with previous finals goals against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the Champions League and Copa del Rey respectively, yet this was taking things to a different level.

Marcelo's cross was delivered into a good position and had a nice trajectory to strike, but nobody quite expected what came next. Bale, no doubt desperate to prove a point after being left on the bench, adjusted his body and flung a boot at the ball, sending his acrobatic effort flying past Loris Karius.

A second would arrive for the Wales international late on, this time through a dreadful goalkeeping error, ensuring that the 2018 showpiece will be one that is forever remembered as the Bale final.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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