On This Day: Lampard strike secures Intertoto Cup win


Frank Lampard's seventh-minute goal was enough to secure West Ham United a 1-0 UEFA Intertoto Cup semi-final first-leg win over Heerenveen on this day in 1999.

The Hammers, who had finished fifth in the Premier League the previous season, edged out their Dutch opponents in front of just 7,485 supporters at the Boleyn Ground on a late July afternoon.

Then just 21, midfielder Lampard scored the only goal of the game with a superb individual effort, collecting the ball, running forward and thumping a long-range strike past Heerenveen's South Africa international goalkeeper Hans Vonk.

The Irons went on to complete a 2-0 aggregate win before defeating French side Metz 3-2 to be one of three Intertoto Cup 'winners' and qualify for the UEFA Cup.


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