Lucas Moura’s stunning hat-trick unseated Ajax’s unlikely Champions League run and Tottenham will face Liverpool in the final.
2018/2019 UEFA Champions League
Lucas Moura’s incredible second-half hat-trick saw Tottenham snatch a 3-2 win at Ajax and a place in the Champions League final on away goals.
As in last week’s semi-final first leg, Erik ten Hag’s side were smoothly into their work by the time inspirational captain Matthijs de Ligt headed a fifth-minute opener.
Hakim Ziyech made it 2-0 10 minutes before half-time but, in a season now steeped in implausible Champions League comebacks, Lucas’ brace had the game all-square on the night before the hour.
Ziyech hit the post and Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen struck the crossbar before the irrepressible Lucas steered home Dele Alli’s pass deep into stoppage time.
It means an all-English final against fellow comeback kings Liverpool in Madrid on June 1 for Mauricio Pochettino’s never-say-die team.
5′ GOAL! Ajax 1-0 Tottenham (De Ligt)
GOAL! AJAX LEAD 1-0! What a header from De Ligt. Ajax’s young captain rose highest to meet Schone’s outswinging corner, and made no mistake with a brilliant header into the bottom-right corner. What a start this is for Ajax!
7′ OFF THE POST! Son almost scores
OFF THE POST! Spurs are almost level. An unbelievable start in Amsterdam, as Tottenham race down the other end almost immediately from the restart, with Son sending in a low cross-shot that evades Onana, but fortunately for the hosts, it clips away off the base of the upright
35′ GOAL! Ajax 2-0 Tottenham (Ziyech)
WHAT A GOAL! ZIYECH MAKES IT 2-0! This is wonderful from Ajax! Tadic gets the ball over Trippier, and combines with Dolberg. The former Southampton man then picks up his head and plays an inch-perfect cut-back to Ziyech, who slams an exquisite first-time finish into the far corner.
55′ GOAL! Ajax 2-1 Tottenham (Lucas)
MOURA PULLS ONE BACK FOR SPURS! It’s 2-1 on the night, and 3-1 on aggregate now, and Tottenham have some hope. A brilliant bit of skill from Rose gets the visitors away on the counter, Alli racing clear before turning the ball into Moura’s path, and he places a brilliant finish beyond Onana.
59′ GOAL! Ajax 2-2 Tottenham (Lucas)
MOURA SCORES AGAIN, IT’S 2-2! Oh my word. I thought we’d witnessed the comeback of all comebacks yesterday, but incredibly, Spurs are now level on the night and one behind on aggregate! After a wonderful save by Onana to deny Llorente, Ajax failed to clear their lines, and Moura was able to latch onto the loose ball and, on the spin, unleash a pinpoint finish into the bottom-left corner.
96′ GOAL! Ajax 2-3 Tottenham (Lucas)
SPURS ARE GOING THROUGH TO THE FINAL! Incredible. Just incredible! It’s a hat-trick, it’s amazing. Lucas Moura has proved the hero, somehow getting to a loose ball first and slotting a precise finish into the bottom-left corner.