Tottenham On This Day: Spurs Lose On Away Goals Rule For First Time

[Photo: Jav The_DoC_66]The away goals rule was introduced into European competitions to avoid the need for an additional match if teams were level after the two legs of the tie. On this day was the first occasion when Spurs were involved in a match were the away goals rule was required. A win on the night for Tottenham at White Hart Lane but Olympique Lyonnais progressed to the next round.

13th December, 1967

Tottenham Hotspur 4 Olympique Lyonnais 3 European Cup Winners’ Cup 2nd R. (2nd Leg)

Scorers: Greaves (2) (1 pen), Jones, Gilzean      [Agg. 4 – 4 Spurs lost on away goals]

Bringing a one goal deficit from the ‘Battle of Lyon’ in the first game in France when Alan Mullery was sent off – Spurs were hoping to gain revenge by progressing to the next round. With various injuries in defence, however, defensive mistakes were to prove costly and this became a pointless victory as Spurs lost the tie on the away goals rule. 

At White Hart Lane, two goals from Greaves goals (1 pen) had Spurs ahead on aggregate at half-time. Lyon scored early in the second half and suddenly the away goal meant that Spurs had to win by two goals. A minute later Cliff Jones scored to restore Spurs overall lead but when Lyon scored five minutes later, they were ahead on aggregate. 

After 70 minutes Gilzean restored Spurs ascendancy but with ten minutes left, Lyon scored to win on the away goal rule. A night of much excitement and high drama but also great disappointment.