Is this the greatest Champions League goal ever? Gareth Bale's incredible strike draws comparisons with Zinedine Zidane

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Bale's overhead kick heads past Loris Karius to put Liverpool ahead - Getty Images Europe
Bale's overhead kick heads past Loris Karius to put Liverpool ahead - Getty Images Europe

Gareth Bale scored one of the great Champions League goals against Liverpool in Kiev in echoes of Zinedine Zidane's strike in the 2002 European Cup final.

The Welshman, who came off the bench for Real Madrid in the second half of the Kiev final, struck an overhead kick over Loris Karius to put his side 2-1 ahead, leaping several feet off the ground to meet the ball with incredible athleticism.

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He scored a second later in the game following a poor piece of goalkeeping from Karius, but it's his first effort that will live long in the memory.

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It caps an remarkable comeback for Bale, whose future had been under increased scrutiny earlier in the season before his late-season return to form.

Real Madrid have not been short of monumental strikes this season following Cristiano Ronaldo's stunning goal against Juventus, but Bale's runs it close.

<span>Bale connects and the ball heads goalwards</span> <span>Credit: REUTERS </span>
Bale connects and the ball heads goalwards Credit: REUTERS
<span>The ball sails past Karius</span> <span>Credit: &nbsp;REUTERS </span>
The ball sails past Karius Credit:  REUTERS

His strike left manager Zinedine Zidane unable to contain his excitement on the touchline.

Zidane, himself, scored one of the great volleys 16 years ago in the win over Bayer Levekusen. Here's his effort.

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