Ajax 2-3 Tottenham: Champions League during a glance

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Tottenham staged one of a many conspicuous comebacks in European Cup story to strech their initial final, recuperating from a first-leg better and a 2-0 second-leg necessity to swell during a responsibility of Ajax.

Ajax extended their total advantage as early as a fifth notation when captain Matthijs de Ligt mislaid Kieran Trippier to conduct in a corner, and nonetheless Heung-Min Son quickly strike a post during a other end, that was a singular spark of wish for Spurs.

Lucas Moura: We were warriors

Lucas Moura: We were warriors

Ten mins before half-time it was 2-0, Donny outpost de Beek and Dušan Tadić mixing to set adult Hakim Ziyech for a glorious first-time finish. Spurs refused to be downhearted, and after André Onana had well denied Dele Alli, Lucas Moura raced by to revitalise their hopes. Four mins later, a Brazilian dismissed in a lax round after Onana had done another glorious stop, this from Fernando Llorente, to turn on a night.

With both sides committed to attack, chances continued to upsurge during both ends, Ziyech’s 20-metre shot entrance behind off a post while Jan Vertonghen struck a crossbar in a raging finale. Just as it looked as if Ajax would resist, however, Moura swept into a net in a final seconds of combined time, completing his hat-trick and a quip for a ages.

View from a stadium: Derek Brookman

Pochettino hails Tottenham 'heroes'

Pochettino hails Tottenham ‘heroes’

Another spellbinding UEFA Champions League compare in a Johan Cruijff ArenA. Spurs tranquil prolonged spells of a initial half nonetheless went in dual down during a break. After a restart, a Premier League side started stronger and deservedly leveled a match, usually for Ajax to reassert themselves, though usually as it looked as if their immature side would withstand a late siege, Moura dashed their dreams during a last.

Man of a match: Lucas Moura

Struggled to make an impact in a initial half though was centre theatre in a second, his dual goals in a space of 204 seconds bringing Spurs right behind into it. Both were positive finishes and a Brazilian was a consistent hazard thereafter, holding his haughtiness again in a sixth notation of combined time to request a essential finishing touch.

Key stats

Eriksen: Moura was a saviour

Eriksen: Moura was a saviour

40: Spurs are a 40th bar to strech a European Cup final.

1: Tottenham are a initial group to strech their initial European Cup final given Chelsea in 2008.

5: Spurs are a fifth English bar to strech a final in a UEFA Champions League era, after Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, environment a new foe record.

2: This is usually a second time in 18 ties that a group has won a European Cup semi-final carrying mislaid a home initial leg, after Ajax’s 1996 win opposite Panathinaikos.

Son on Spurs' extraordinary recovery

Son on Spurs’ extraordinary recovery

5: Lucas Moura is a fifth actor to measure a hat-trick in a Champions League semi-final, after Alessandro Del Piero, Ivica Olić, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo.

50: This is a 50th UEFA Champions League compare in that Ajax have scored a initial goal, and their initial better after doing so (W41 D8).

What does it mean?

Tottenham will play Liverpool in a final in Madrid on 1 June, a second all-English UEFA Champions League final after Manchester United’s 2008 win opposite Chelsea on penalties in Moscow.

What’s next?

De Jong's Ajax despair

De Jong’s Ajax despair

The second “final” (in a disproportion of Pochettino) of Tottenham‘s week comes during home to Everton on Sunday. Spurs need a indicate to pledge UEFA Champions League football subsequent season. Fail and they will, of course, have a second chance.

There’s no remit for Ajax. Having carried a Dutch Cup on Sunday, courtesy now switches to a Eredivisie. The Amsterdam side are turn on points with PSV Eindhoven though with a transparent advantage in terms of idea difference, so wins during home to Utrecht (Sunday) and divided to De Graafschap (Wednesday) should be enough.

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