Take the shot: The inspiring story of UCL 2018/2019 Season Semi Final
They fought gallantly and refused to give up just when we thought it was all over the SPURS struck at the very last seconds of extra time Tottenham today is a true definition of HOPE
Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva (born 13 August 1992), known as Lucas Moura was my man of the match as he restored tottenham to the champions league final
Lucas Moura scored a dramatic 96th-minute winner to cap an astonishing Tottenham fightback against Ajax and set up an all-English Champions League final against Liverpool.
Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Spurs made the worst possible start in Amsterdam when a towering fifth-minute header by 19-year-old Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt doubled the advantage for Erik ten Hag’s exciting young side.
Tottenham hit the post through Son Heung-min before Hakim Ziyech doubled Ajax’s lead on the night with a sweeping finish after an assist by former Southampton winger Dusan Tadic.
That left Spurs 3-0 behind on aggregate yet, in another pulsating semi-final, Mauricio Pochettino’s side scored twice within five minutes in the second half.
Moura reduced the deficit with a composed finish before the Brazilian’s shot on the turn, after keeper Andre Onana had denied substitute Fernando Llorente, levelled the scores on the night and left Spurs requiring one goal to reach the final in Madrid on 1 June.
In a frantic finish, Vertonghen headed against the bar from four yards before Moura completed his hat-trick with a left-foot shot from 16 yards deep into stoppage time as Spurs won on away goals to reach their first Champions League final.
It will be the second all-English final in the competition after Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow in 2008.
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- The 2019 Champions League final will be only the third major European final in history to feature two English teams, after the 1972 Uefa Cup final (Spurs v Wolves) and 2008 Champions League final (Man Utd v Chelsea).
- Spurs are only the second team in Champions League history to lose the first leg of the semi-final at home and progress to the final – the other was Ajax in 1995-96 against Panathinaikos.
- Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt became the fourth teenager to score in a Champions League semi-final, after Nordin Wooter (1996, Ajax), Obafemi Martins (2003, Inter Milan) and Kylian Mbappe (2017, Monaco).
- Spurs will be the eighth different English team to feature in a European Cup/Champions League final, after Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest. England have had more different teams in the final of the competition than any other nation.
- English teams have come from two or more goals behind to win on seven occasions in Champions League history – four more than clubs of any other nation. Indeed, four of the past five occasions have been English teams.
- Spurs were the first team to come two goals behind to win in a Champions League semi-final match since Manchester United in 1999 against Juventus.
Tottenham will look to confirm a top-four finish for the fourth successive season when they host Everton on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday (15:00 BST).
And then it’s the small matter of the Champions League final against Liverpool in Madrid on 1 June (20:00 BST).