Tottenham Hotspur winger Lucas Moura believes this equaliser against Barcelona on Tuesday night is the most important he has scored since moving to Europe.
The 26-year-old swept home Spurs captain Harry Kane’s cross with five minutes of the Champions League clash at the Nou Camp remaining.
Tottenham went on to draw the match 1-1 and with the Inter Milan-PSV Eindhoven match finishing with the same result, they qualified for the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition.
Moura, who moved to Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last January’s transfer window, has scored seven goals in all competitions this season, but he ranks that one higher than the others.
“Without a doubt, it was my most important goal since I arrived in Europe,” he told Brazilian news outlet Globoesporte.
“It was fantastic and a very special night which I will remember for sure and keep in my heart,” he added.
Spurs fell behind early on when Ousmane Dembele seized on an error from Kyle Walker-Peters and dribbled through the defence to put Barcelona ahead.
However, Tottenham fought back and but for a number of fine saves from Jasper Cillessen, would have been level much sooner.
“We had a good second half and we had some chances to score.
“The 1-1 scoreline is deserved, we found a difficult group ahead of us, we did not start very well but we showed that we are strong and able to move forward.
“I believe a lot in my team mates.”
Spurs made a poor start to their Champions League campaign, picking up just one point from their first three matches.
Moura played a part in all six of Tottenham’s group games, scoring against PSV in the Netherlands and then coming on as a match-turning substitute in Barcelona.
He will likely be involved again when Spurs line up against their last 16 opponents in February.
Before that, he will be keen to help Tottenham get as much out of the festive period as possible with Premier League matches this month against Burnley, Everton, Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers as well as the EFL Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.