A second-half hat-trick from Lucas Moura led Tottenham Hotspur to the final of the UEFA Champions League after overcoming Ajax Amsterdam in the last four.
Spurs welcomed back Heung Min-Son, while Jan Vertonghen made a speedy recovery after being taken off in the first-leg. Ajax made a high pressured start on three minutes, as Dusan Tadic’s shot a metre inside the area forced Hugo Lloris to save for a corner.
From the corner, Matthijs de Ligt leaped above Dele Alli to head in the opener five minutes in. Spurs were inches away from an immediate equaliser after Son ran down the byline to strike the foot of the post following a cross-cum shot.
The Korean was sent through again on 22 minutes, but Andre Onana narrowed the angle after taking one step of his line to make a save. Ajax caught Spurs napping 10 minutes before the interval, as Tadic set-up Hakim Ziyech to double their lead with a sweet left-footed finish that left Hugo Lloris with no chance.
Spurs went with two forwards immediately after the break, as Fernando Llorente came on for Victor Wanyama. Ajax were nearly caught out 53 minutes in, but Onana’s acrobatic save pushed Dele Alli’s effort for a corner. Spurs got back in the overall tie on 55 minutes after Lucas Moura pounced on a loose ball to slot past Onana.
In the matter of minutes, Spurs were level after Moura showed great footwork in the box to find the bottom corner after Onana had initially denied Llorente from point-blank range. Ziyech was denied a second goal on 78 minutes after opening space close to the area to fire against the bottom of the post.
Needing a goal to qualify, Spurs were undone by the crossbar on 85 minutes following Vertonghen’s close-range header. However, the Premier League outfit were in dreamland in fifth minute of stoppage time when Lucas sent a left-footed strike into the bottom corner to set a up a final date with Liverpool. Kickoff