Lineker’s last Euro­pean hur­rah

vs Porto, Cup Win­ners’ Cup, 1991

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Gary Lineker may have been one of the world’s great goalscor­ers, but he wasn’t known as a scorer of great goals.

By his own ad­mis­sion, he was never likely to drib­ble from his own half, beat­ing op­po­nent af­ter op­po­nent. “I couldn’t even beat a drum!” Lineker chuck­les to FFT.

Not that it stopped him bag­ging ITV’S Goal of the Sea­son gong in 1991-92 – fin­ish­ing a su­perb team move for Spurs in the Cup Win­ners’ Cup Sec­ond Round.

The Li­ly­whites hosted Porto at White Hart Lane don­ning a yel­low away shirt – UEFA rules made the home team change if there was a clash.

Paul Allen be­gan a largely one-touch move in­volv­ing Pat Van Den Hauwe, Vinny Samways and Lineker him­self. The pass­ing be­came ever more fre­netic be­fore Van Den Hauwe flicked the ball into the area and Allen headed on for Lineker to breeze be­yond Fer­nando Couto and poke inside goal­keeper Vi­tor Baia’s near post. “It was ob­vi­ously my cus­tom­ary tap-in!” Lineker smiles. “I have a ter­ri­ble mem­ory for goals – I see ones on TV that I have no rec­ol­lec­tion of scor­ing. But that was cer­tainly one of the best team goals I was in­volved in. We were a de­cent side to watch, but just a cou­ple of play­ers short of chal­leng­ing for a Euro­pean tro­phy or the First Di­vi­sion ti­tle.” In­deed, while Lineker net­ted an­other that night and Spurs pro­gressed 3-1 on ag­gre­gate, they would suc­cumb to Feyeno­ord in the quar­ter-fi­nals. The two goals against Porto were Lineker’s last in Euro­pean ac­tion, as he de­parted to join Gram­pus Eight at the end of that sea­son.

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