Luc Nilis looks back on the night PSV beat Bayern

Now a coach preparing PSV Eindhoven for Bayern München, Luc Nilis was for one night only the Bundesliga side's tormenter-in-chief. He looks back at "one of the best victories I had at PSV".

1999 highlights: Nilis cracker downs Bayern
1999 highlights: Nilis cracker downs Bayern

Luc Nilis, now a coach at PSV Eindhoven, recalls the last time the Eredivisie club met their matchday three opponents Bayern München, in the 1999/2000 group stage. PSV had lost away from home six weeks earlier but gained revenge in the south Netherlands, with their Belgian striker inflicting much of the damage. What do you remember from the run-up to the last group stage match between PSV and Bayern?

Luc Nilis: I think Bayern were as big a team then as they are today, so for us it was very special to be able to make a name for ourselves in Europe and achieve something special.

Highlights of PSV's defeat of Bayern in 1999
Highlights of PSV's defeat of Bayern in 1999 It was a Bayern team full of stars: Lothar Matthäus, Stefan Effenberg and Bixente Lizarazu, who had just won the FIFA World Cup.

Nilis: There was also [Jens] Jeremies, [Roque] Santa Cruz who scored – so many names. It's always a great club to play against; getting the right result just makes it even better. Did you really believe you could win against a team of so many stars?

Nilis: Yes, I think you've always got to believe in your own chances. You just know that against a team like that, you've got to be not just 100% but 200%. Everything has to be right on a night like that. We were in good form and there was a great atmosphere too, so the adrenaline was there. You'd already lost 2-1 to Bayern in Munich. What did you learn from that game?

Nilis: We weren't played off the park, so we definitely believed in our chances because we almost brought back a point from there. We weren't quite able to do it then, but we'd played well against Bayern and that gave us extra confidence that we could beat them. And then the match itself. You were involved in the first goal, giving the assist to Ruud van Nistelrooy. What can you remember about that?

Nilis: I think the ball was passed to Ruud from midfield, maybe by [Mark] Van Bommel. I was making a run and Ruud saw me and played the ball into my path, and at that moment Ruud's defender came towards me; I looked at the goalkeeper and faked a shot but actually passed it to Ruud, who put it in. It was a great one-two.

Van Nistelrooy had a fine understanding with Nilis
Van Nistelrooy had a fine understanding with Nilis©Getty Images Was that typical of the way things worked between you and Ruud, the cooperation between you?

Nilis: That attack said everything about our relationship on the pitch and how we understood each other. It's hard to put it into words, because really the pictures say everything. I think it was a special partnership. Did you start to feel you'd let it slip when they made it 1-1?

Nilis: No, not based on the game, because we had it quite under control and weren't giving much away. We still tried to go for the victory and that came when I scored quite a nice goal – my 100th for PSV. It was a fantastic goal ...

Nilis: I remember it like it was yesterday, but I remember that Lothar Matthäus, after the match, said I had scored a one-in-a-million goal. I actually would score more like that in my career! Can you describe how you felt when the referee blew the final whistle?

Nilis: It was almost like celebrating a trophy, but it was actually just one match in Europe that we'd won against Bayern. Yet it was one of the best victories I had at PSV.