Lucas Moura scored a dramatic last-minute winner to lead Tottenham into the UEFA 2019 Champions League final for the first time in its history after an amazing comeback against Ajax in Amsterdam.
Trailing 2-0 at the half time and 3-0 overall, Moura scored three goals in the second half, to set up an all-English final against Liverpool in Madrid next month.
Brazilian Player Locus Moura told BT Sport after the game on Wednesday. “It’s impossible to explain what I’m feeling,”
“We gave everything on the pitch and deserved this moment — we are family.
“Football is an amazing game, its gives us moments like this. We cannot imagine. It’s the best moment in my life, and in my career.”
Lucas Moura scored a hattrick as Tottenham came from behind to defeat Ajax.
Such a score line looked deep when Ajax moved two goals lead inside the opening 35 minutes courtesy of Matthijs de Ligt’s header and Hakim Ziyech’s well strike.
But Tottenham roared back after the first half with Moura scoring two goals in four minutes to drag his side level on the night as Ajax began to wilt under constant waves of pressure.
And as the game moved into the final minute of stoppage time, Moura made another moment of magic to send Tottenham into final and leave this young Ajax side stunned.
But it was not just Dutch faces with tears flowing down their faces. Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham coach, cried with the sheer emotion of the achievement.
Pochettino was overwhelmed by emotion at the full time whistle.
For the second night in sequence, football’s ability to continuously shock and amaze the crowd.
Even after the actions at Anfield 24 hours earlier, where Liverpool had fought back from a three-goal first leg deficit to overcome Barcelona by winning 4-0 on the night, 4-3 on aggregate, few believed Tottenham could achieve similar feats especially after a nightmare opening period.
For Ajax, this will be a night that will live long in their mind, the night it somehow forced to throw away the opportunity of a first Champions League final since 1996.
Quite how it managed to fritter away a two-goal lead on the night and a three-goal advantage overall will no doubt be discussed until the early morning across the bars of Amsterdam.
For 45 minutes at least, this was Ajax’s opportunity. This team of young players had already exceeded all expectations in defeating Real Madrid and Juventus on its way to the last four teams of the competition.
Tottenham, for so long derided as a club who fail at the final obstacle, for whom the definition of ‘Spursy’ was invented, had cast aside all doubters when it had no right to do so.
After June 1, those doubters may be silenced for good.