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The Final Countdown - Steffen's lucky cup

Posted on 21 February 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Steffen Iversen hopes we're partying like it's 1999 again at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Sunday.

Our Norwegian hitman is certainly top of the charts when it comes to the Worthington Cup.

He created Allan Nielsen's famous last-minute diving header for the winner in the final against Leicester City at Wembley Stadium three years ago.

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That was after he booked our place in the final with a magnificent chip over then-Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan to win a tight, tense semi-final.

Turn the clock forward to 2002 and Steffen was there again - grabbing our vital first goal in the memorable 5-1 semi-final, second leg victory over Chelsea.

"The competition has been good to me," he said. "Chelsea was my first start after injury and it was a boost for me as well to get an early goal.

"We were actually through at 1-0 but we went forward looking for more goals. In the end we won 5-1 and deserved it."

So what did the 25-year-old remember about 1999 and that golden moment at Wembley when another Spurs goalkeeper, this time Kasey Keller, palmed his cross onto Nielsen's head for the injury time winner?

"It was very late in the game," he recalled. "I got the ball down our right side and just ran with it.

"I put everything I had left into it. I got to the byline, crossed, Kasey got a hand to it and Allan scored.

"It was a great moment because there was only a few minutes left.

"When you are in a cup final you manage to find energy and I managed to do that right at the end.

"It was a last opportunity and I knew I had to give everything.

"The semi-final was a strange game because I think I played in midfield, right-back, a bit of everything that game. It was a great goal and, again, against another Spurs goalkeeper in Sully."

Blackburn Rovers are Steffen's next League Cup target.

He added: "They have a good side and can win any game against anyone.

"We will go there as favourites and that will put a little extra pressure on us but we have to go out there with the mentality of the last few games, do what we know we can do and if we do that, we'll have a good chance."