Nigeria striker Anthony Ujah says he will cherish scoring past Bayern Munich`s Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer "for the rest of his life".
Ujah out-jumped the Bayern defence to head past Neuer on the stroke of half-time to put Cologne back in the game at 2-1 down before ultimately losing 4-1 to the Bundesliga leaders on Friday.
It was his eighth Bundesliga goal this season and his 32nd in the Cologne shirt since joining from Mainz in 2012.
But scoring past Neuer, the world goalkeeper of 2014, was a moment the Nigeria international will never forget.
"It`s a great feeling. Scoring against Manuel Neuer is something any striker would be proud of at the moment," said the 24-year-old Ujah.
"It was a really, really, really proud moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life."
Only a stunning save from Neuer denied Ujah a second goal in the second-half which underlined the Germany star`s status as the world`s best.
"It just shows why he is the number one and why he is at the level he is right now," said Ujah with Cologne winless in their last five games.
"I thought it was almost in, but he showed why he`s the best.
"I should be proud of being there at the right moment because that`s one of the things I`m trying to work on improving.
"I know it didn`t go in, but it`s something I can build on and I hope will give me confidence to continue helping my team to stay in the league."
The defeat leaves Cologne 13th in the Bundesliga just a few points from the bottom three, but Ujah says he is ready for the relegation battle.
"We still have some big teams to play against like Schalke and Wolfsburg," he said.
"We know how tight it is, but the mood isn`t too low after losing to Bayern, so we have to keep our heads up and continue fighting."