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We have scored 111 goals over the course of the 2018/19 season - and now we'd like you to pick your favourite.

From Alex Lacazette’s thumping finish against Everton and Aaron Ramsey’s flick at Fulham, through to Granit Xhaka’s unstoppable free-kick against Crystal Palace and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s half-volley in the Europa League semi-final, we’ve scored some memorable goals this campaign.

We've narrowed the list down to our favourite 10. Watch them all above and then make sure to vote for the goal you think was best below.

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Vote for your 2018/19 Goal of the Season

The Emirates Cup will return this summer, in a new one-day format, on Sunday, July 28 at Emirates Stadium.

For the first time, FA WSL Champions Arsenal Women will kick the action off, with the men’s first team playing in the second match of the day. Both opposition teams will be confirmed in the very near future.

One ticket will give access to both matches on the day and will be priced from £25 and £12 for concessions.

Both teams will take on leading European teams, giving supporters the first chance to watch the teams play ahead of the new season.

We look forward to announcing full details of the Emirates Cup 2019 in due course.

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Women’s World Cup: Shelley Kerr names Scotland squad for finals

Watch: Your Scotland World Cup squad

Shelley Kerr has named the players who will represent Scotland in their first ever World Cup finals.

All 23 were part of the squad that drew with Chile and beat Brazil in Spain last month, with the exception of Fiorentina striker Lana Clelland.

Utah Royals defender Rachel Corsie will captain the party, with Arsenal midfielder Kim Little as her deputy.

"The target has already been set, we want to get out of the group stage," said Kerr.

"The most important thing is that we embrace the occasion and enjoy the tournament. That's easier if you are winning matches."

The only notable absentee is defender Emma Mitchell, who scored for English champions Arsenal at the weekend.

Scotland begin their Group D campaign against England in Nice on 9 June, before facing Japan on 14 June and Argentina five days later.

Kerr's side host fellow qualifiers Jamaica on 28 May at Hampden, before embarking on what will be only their second major tournament after the 2017 European Championships.

In their most recent outing, Little's goal gave the Scots a 1-0 friendly win over Brazil, with that victory over the world's 10th best side followed by Kerr insisting her team were not "dark horses" for the finals.

England finished third at the last World Cup, while Japan were runners-up. However, with four third-placed teams also making the last 16, Scotland are targeting the knockout stages.

The squad was named using a group of 23 schoolkids

'Leaving out Arsenal's Mitchell shows depth' - analysis

BBC Scotland's women's football commentator Alasdair Lamont

Mitchell's absence is a surprise. Despite the emergence of Nicola Docherty in recent games, and Mitchell's relative lack of football at Arsenal, missing a second major tournament will be a bitter blow to the full-back. But the fact Kerr can afford to leave out a defender from the WSL champions tells you all you need to know about the improving strength in depth in this squad.

The head coach used 35 players during the qualification campaign and personally called those who did not make the cut as well as those who did. Her next big call will be to pick a starting XI for the England game. The core of the team - Lee Alexander, Rachel Corsie, Jen Beattie, Kim Little, Caroline Weir and Erin Cuthbert - is well established.

Docherty is a likely starter at left back, while two of Lisa Evans, Fi Brown and Claire Emslie will probably occupy the wide roles. That leaves a central midfield berth - assuming Cuthbert plays up front - and right back up for grabs.

The players have a little over three weeks to make their case.

Scotland squad

Goalkeepers: Lee Alexander (Glasgow City), Jenna Fife (Hibernian), Shannon Lynn (Vittsjo GIK)

Defenders: Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City), Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City), Rachel Corsie (Utah Royals), Nicola Docherty (Glasgow City), Sophie Howard (Reading), Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City), Joelle Murray (Hibernian), Kirsty Smith (Manchester Utd)

Midfielders: Lizzie Arnot (Manchester Utd), Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City), Kim Little (Arsenal), Jo Love (Glasgow City), Christie Murray (Liverpool), Caroline Weir (Manchester City)

Forwards: Fiona Brown (FC Rosengard), Lana Clelland (Fiorentina), Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea), Claire Emslie (Manchester City), Lisa Evans (Arsenal), Jane Ross (West Ham Utd)

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Smith: We practised pens for four weeks

Dean Smith's Villa take on either Leeds or Derby in the Championship play-off final on May 27

Last Updated: 14/05/19 11:52pm

2:02 Dean Smith says his side have been practising their penalties since securing their place in the play-offs, a decision that paid off as they booked their place at Wembley with a shootout victory over West Brom.

Dean Smith says his side have been practising their penalties since securing their place in the play-offs, a decision that paid off as they booked their place at Wembley with a shootout victory over West Brom.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith revealed his side practised penalties for four weeks ahead of their shoot-out victory over West Brom at The Hawthorns.

A first-half header from Craig Dawson levelled the tie on aggregate, with the Villans unable to break down 10-man Albion over the 90 minutes and the 30 minutes of extra-time that ensued.

Both Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi saw their penalties saved by goalkeeper Jed Steer as the visitors gained the early advantage, but despite Albert Adomah blasting his wild spot-kick over the bar, top scorer Tammy Abraham tucked past Sam Johnstone to secure a 4-3 win for Smith's men.

5:26 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg between West Brom and Aston Villa.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg between West Brom and Aston Villa.

And Smith - who recently guided Villa to a club-record 10-game winning streak - attributed his side's success from 12 yards to a month's practice on the training ground.

After his side booked a spot in the play-off final for the second year in succession, he told Sky Sports: "To be honest, we've worked very hard; from the day we knew we were in the play-offs, we started working on penalties.

"We've been doing this for four weeks: we had a plan of who would take them, and the goalkeeping coach works very hard with Jed Steer in terms of which way the opposition would go.

Aston Villa celebrate winning the Championship play-off semi-final against West Brom on penalties

Aston Villa celebrate winning the Championship play-off semi-final against West Brom on penalties

"There were about three or four of them who wanted the fifth penalty! Tammy Abraham is a prolific finisher and he's shown that tonight.

"Everybody knows the rewards by going and doing it [getting promoted] and it's going to be tough because they are two good teams, Leeds and Derby. Albion put up a really good defensive performance over the two games, made it difficult and that's why it ended up going to penalties."

However, despite advancing to the Wembley showpiece, the 48-year-old expressed disappointment that his side had suffered defeat inside the 120 minutes of open play.

The boyhood Villa fan added: "I'm not that emotional, to be honest! I'm very proud of the lads, but the disappointing thing is that I can't believe we lost the game tonight. I felt we should have won the game in normal time but our quality wasn't good enough in the final third.

"We've had a lot of the ball all game again, but that's job done, I suppose, in terms of getting to the next game at Wembley."

West Brom caretaker Jimmy Shan later explained how he couldn't sum up the feeling of disappointment as the Baggies' hopes of an immediate return to the Premier League were ended on home turf.

1:04 #StepUp - Aston Villa

#StepUp - Aston Villa

"The boys have put everything into that tonight, the fans too," he said. "I called on the boys to have application, a forward-thinking mentality, have a threat, for the fans to get behind us and both parties have done that. I thought we were good tonight.

"It's difficult [going down to 10]. You lack an out-ball, a get-out ball and it's difficult to break from that deep block, but I think the boys self-managed, self-organised and I think Villa found it difficult to break us down at times. Credit to the boys, how resolute in their character they were to stay within the game and take it through to penalties.

"I think if you look how we finished the game, we lacked penalty takers on the pitch: Stefan [Johansen] would've taken one, Brunty [Chris Brunt] would've taken one, Matty [Phillips] would have taken one, Jay [Rodriguez] would have taken one.

"As the game's going on I'm thinking, just hang in there, but in reality I'm seeing that we haven't got natural penalty takers on the pitch."

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