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My favourite European goal - Mark Falco

Wed 12 June 2019, 12:30|Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane became the Club’s all-time record European goalscorer last season with the winner against Borussia Dortmund in our Champions League Round of 16, second leg win in March - goal number 24 in 50 appearances in European competition for the striker. To mark the achievement, we put together a mini-series highlighting the favourite European goals of our top four European marksmen.

First up, Mark Falco's memorable late winner against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup in 1983/84 and look out for contributions from Martin Chivers, Jermain Defoe and Harry.

Mark Falco

- 13 goals in 25 European appearances and 89 goals in 236 appearances in all competitions, 1979-86
- Fourth-equal all-time European goalscorer with Alan Gilzean and Martin Peters

Spurs 2-0 Bayern Munich

UEFA Cup third round, second leg – White Hart Lane, 7 December, 1983

Revenge was sweet for Mark Falco and his team-mates as his dramatic late goal secured a 2-0 win and 2-1 aggregate victory against the German giants - and continued a journey that would lead to UEFA Cup glory at the Lane six months later.

A year earlier, we’d fallen to a 5-2 aggregate defeat against the same team in the Cup Winners’ Cup, Bayern putting us to the sword 4-1 in a foggy second leg at the Olympic Stadium.

This time around, we played the away leg first and a strong display back in Munich looked set to be rewarded with a 0-0 draw only for Michael Rummenigge – brother of German legend Karl-Heinz, who also played in both legs – to fire home the winner on 85 minutes.

Glenn Hoddle was the star of the second leg, typically pulling the strings from central midfield and setting up Falco for an early strike that beat legendary Belgian goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff only to rattle the upright. Hoddle, Steve Perryman, Steve Archibald and Gary Stevens all went close before Archibald provided the breakthrough from close range on 50 minutes.

We continued to press and then came Falco’s moment, latching onto Hoddle’s magnificent reverse pass and sliding past Pfaff from the narrowest of angles to send us through with only four minutes remaining.

Mark's memories...

“We were 1-0 down from the first leg so to come back and beat a team of that quality 2-0 at White Hart Lane was something special. They were packed full of internationals.

“You always knew that when Glenn Hoddle was on the ball, there was a good chance of the pass finding you. I remember this one coming over my shoulder and making the right connection with my left foot. It was a narrow angle and I could really only score by going across the goalkeeper into the far corner.

“There were only about five minutes left and they were stunned, the Germans. I don’t think they could believe it. They’d beaten us the season before. It was huge for us and we went on to win the trophy.

“We had some great nights in Europe. We played in the all-white kit, under floodlights, the fans were always unbelievable, special memories, especially the UEFA Cup Final that season. We played some top continental teams and it was great to be part of it.”