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Premier League 433 2160 Premier League - Best Goals of 2012 31503200 Goals to remember Goals+to+remember Premier League

As we wait on pins and needles for 2013 to arrive, we can’t help but reminisce on the goals that rocked the Premier League during this past calendar year.

 

To get the discussion going, we’ve trimmed down the list for your viewing pleasure. Though we understand that the year doesn’t technically end until the end of the weekend, there’s always the possibility of nominating another goal to our queue.

 

Without further ado, here are the top ten Premier League goals of 2012:

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Premier League 433 2160 Premier League - Best Goals of 2012 31501185 Sergio Aguero, Man City vs. QPR (May 13, 2012) Sergio+Aguero%2C+Man+City+vs.+QPR+%28May+13%2C+2012%29 Premier League

It may not have been the most pleasing on the eye but, for sheer importance, no goal in 2012 comes close. Having been given a lifeline by Edin Dzeko just moments earlier, City still needed another goal in added time to stop the title slipping back across town to Old Trafford.

 

Rangers had plenty behind the ball, but Aguero still managed to play a threaded one-two with Mario Balotelli, who made the assist from the floor, before the Argentinian skipped over a desperate challenge to blast a low shot past the helpless Paddy Kenny (see goal here).

 

Desperation gave way to scenes of wild celebration at the Etihad Stadium where, just seconds later, the final whistle blew on the game, the season and United's hopes of retaining their titles from under the noses of their noisy neighbors.

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Premier League 433 2160 Premier League - Best Goals of 2012 31501186 Papiss Cisse, Chelsea vs. Newcastle (May 2, 2012) Papiss+Cisse%2C+Chelsea+vs.+Newcastle+%28May+2%2C+2012%29+ Premier League

Newcastle's Champions League charge looked to have been dealt a fatal blow by their home defeat to Manchester City just days earlier, and the Toon headed to west London knowing nothing more than a win against the FA Cup and Champions League finalist would do.

 

Cisse gave Alan Pardew's men a first half lead with a stunning touch and finish in the 19th minute, but the best was yet to come. There appeared to be little danger when Demba Ba chested down towards his strike partner but, displaying the confidence of a man in the goalscoring form of his life, Cisse, from beyond the left corner of the penalty box, sung a right foot at the ball, catching it sweetly with the outstep (see goal here).

 

Petr Cech shifted his feet as fast as they would go, but the power and curve on Cisse's curler took the ball past the Czech giant, who could only turn and watch as his net bulged just inside the far post. Some have questioned Cisse's intent and whether he meant it, but what else would he have been attempting? An outrageous attempt and stunning execution.

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Premier League 433 2160 Premier League - Best Goals of 2012 31501187 Peter Crouch, Stoke vs. Manchester City (March, 24, 2012) Peter+Crouch%2C+Stoke+vs.+Manchester+City+%28March%2C+24%2C+2012%29 Premier League

If you listen to most people, they will tell you that this was not the kind of goal Stoke - or Crouch - are supposed to score. But the beanpole striker has previous when it comes to stunning volleys, though none of his previous strikes are likely to match this one.

 

The build up was typically Stoke - a long ball forward from the keeper before two headers - but what followed was more Bernabeu than the Britannia (see goal here).

 

Crouch, positioned beyond the right corner of the box, took the ball on the instep before swiveling and lashing a right-footed volley into the far corner, well out of reach of England's number one.
 

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Premier League 433 2160 Premier League - Best Goals of 2012 31473018 Alexander Buttner vs. Wigan (September 15, 2012) Alexander+Buttner+vs.+Wigan+%28September+15%2C+2012%29 Premier League

Fullbacks aren't supposed to score dream goals on their debut, are they? Buttner had arrived at Old Trafford in the summer to put some pressure on the under-performing Patrice Evra, whose own goalscoring form since suggests he may have been inspired by his new teammate and positional rival.

 

The left back won the ball halfway inside the Wigan half on the left touchline, before embarking upon on run which saw him drive through three challenges. Even though the defending left much to be desired, Buttner was still forced to the goal-line, with the angle seemingly too acute to beat Ali Al Habsi (see goal here).

 

Danger appeared minimal, but by displaying the kind of force that had got him into that position in the first place, Buttner smashed the ball low towards goal, with Al Habsi powerless to stop it.

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Premier League 433 2160 Premier League - Best Goals of 2012 31473515 Luis Suarez vs. Newcastle (November 4, 2012) Luis+Suarez+vs.+Newcastle+%28November+4%2C+2012%29 Premier League

It was all too familiar at Anfield as Liverpool, who had played some lovely football in the first hour but failed to apply a finishing touch, trailed 1-0 to Newcastle.

 

When the Magpies gave the ball away, however, in the Liverpool left back area, Jose Enrique chose a more direct approach. He spotted the run of Suarez, who had dashed between the two center-halves, but still had the tricky task of pulling down the 50 yard pass (see goal here).

 

Almost in the same movement, the Uruguayan killed the ball on his chest before pushing it around Tim Krul, to open up the net to run into. Another moment of magic from Suarez, without whom Liverpool would be hopelessly lost.

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Premier League 433 2160 Premier League - Best Goals of 2012 31501196 Demba Ba, Reading vs. Newcastle (September 29, 2012) Demba+Ba%2C+Reading+vs.+Newcastle+%28September+29%2C+2012%29 Premier League

Was it or wasn’t it? That’s the question many spectators asked themselves following Ba’s second equalizer against Reading that emulated Diego Maradona’s now infamous “Hand of God.”

 

Dubbed the “Ba-radona,” the Senegal forward created a storm by allegedly throwing his arm and pushing Shane Ferguson’s cross past Reading’s Alex McCarthy seven minutes from full time (see goal here).

 

Following the match, Brian McDermott said: “The Ball was going out of play, then he’s put his arm out and it’s gone straight back into the net. The referee should be getting the big decision right, it was blatant and he didn’t see it.”

 

Whether it was deliberate or not, Ba’s goal denied Reading their first league win of the season. Ba didn’t help matters after his score by immediately kneeling down for a quick prayer perhaps grateful for getting away with the apparent hand ball.

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Premier League 433 2160 Premier League - Best Goals of 2012 31501195 Sebastian Coates, QPR vs. Liverpool (March 21, 2012) Sebastian+Coates%2C+QPR+vs.+Liverpool+%28March+21%2C+2012%29 Premier League

The big Uruguayan trotted forward for a corner kick at Loftus Road, hoping to a head to Steven Gerrard's delivery. Instead, it was the right boot of Coates which sent a rocket past Paddy Kenny.

 

QPR dealt with the first phase of the corner but when the ball fell to Stewart Downing, he drilled it towards the far post, hoping to net his first Premier League goal for the club. Instead, it was Coates who got off the mark, when he leapt to thunder a sideways scissor kick which dipped under the bar beyond the bemused Kenny (see goal here).

 

Dirk Kuyt added to Coates' stunner, but Liverpool still capitulated. Rangers scored three times in the last 13 minutes to complete a comeback as stunning as Coates' opening goal.

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Premier League 433 2160 Premier League - Best Goals of 2012 31473504 Emmerson Boyce, Swansea vs. Wigan (October 20, 2012) Emmerson+Boyce%2C+Swansea+vs.+Wigan+%28October+20%2C+2012%29 Premier League

Ultimately, it mattered little to Wigan in a forgettable defeat to Swansea, but Boyce's outrageous flying backheel will live long in the memory.

 

Two-nil down and chasing the game, Aruna Kone nodded a cross back to Ben Watson. The midfielder miscued an unconvincing effort into the ground, forcing the ball to bobble up around the back of Boyce's head (see goal here).

 

Rather than leave the opportunity to Shaun Maloney, who was positioned just behind him, Boyce flung his right foot behind his back and made a perfect contact which left Michel Vorm and a Swansea defender bemused and helpless on the goal-line.
 

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Premier League 433 2160 Premier League - Best Goals of 2012 31473508 Zoltan Gera, West Brom vs. Liverpool (August 18, 2012) Zoltan+Gera%2C+West+Brom+vs.+Liverpool+%28August+18%2C+2012%29 Premier League

It was the start of a new era at Liverpool, but Gera's stunner put the Reds on a path to a resounding defeat in Brendan Rodgers' first game.

 

Liverpool had impressed for much of the first period before Albion won a corner. Martin Skrtel headed clear of the penalty area, but the Reds defender found only the chest of Gera (see goal here).

 

The danger still appeared minimal as the Baggies midfielder tidily bounced the ball onto his right foot, which then unleashed an arrow through the advancing Liverpool ranks and into Pepe Reina's top corner. Liverpool never recovered and surrendered 3-0.
 

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Premier League 433 2160 Premier League - Best Goals of 2012 31502179 Luis Suarez, Norwich City vs. Liverpool (September 29, 2012) Luis+Suarez%2C+Norwich+City+vs.+Liverpool+%28September+29%2C+2012%29 Premier League

Suarez was in unstoppable mood at Carrow Road in late September, by which point, neither team had yet won a Premier League game.

 

The Uruguayan ran the Norwich defense ragged in the first half, scoring two goals, the second of which could have been a Goal of the Year contender itself (see goal here). Suarez completed his hat trick with a sidefoot finish from 20 yards which appeared almost nonchalant.

 

After being fed by Nuri Sahin, Suarez spotted an alley way through the Norwich center-halves and goalkeeper towards the far corner. Where others may have snatched, the Liverpool talisman rolled the ball with the instep beyond the despairing dive of John Ruddy, making a difficult finish look ridiculously easy.
 

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