A second-half hat-trick from Lucas Moura inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a come-from behind 3-2 win over Ajax Amsterdam in the second semi-final tie at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday night.
It’s almost as if Spurs were inspired by fellow English side Liverpool who also rallied back from a 3-0 first-leg deficit to advance past Barcelona with a 4-0 aggregate win.
Ajax came into the tie with a 1-0 scoreline they accumulated from the first leg in England, and picked up from where they left off when Jan De Ligt gave the hosts the lead as early as the 14th minute.
Hakim Ziyech, who has been one of Ajax’s star performers over both legs, doubled the hosts’ lead in the 36th minute to give his side a comfortable 3-0 aggregate score going into the halftime break.
Spurs came out firing in the second half and pulled a goal back through Moura 10 minutes after the interval following a great one-two play with Dele Alli. The Brazilian superstar then grabbed his second of the match in the 59th minute when the Ajax defence struggled to clear their lines after a goal-mouth scramble.
Erik Ten Hag’s charges had numerous chances to kill off the tie but Spurs stood resilient and saw their efforts rewarded when Moura and Alli again linked up to see the former PSG attacker complete his hat-trick with a 96th minute winner, for the Lily Whites’ first-ever UEFA Champions League final.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will now renew their rivalry against Jurgen Klopp’s troops in an all-English final (the first since Manchester United defeated Chelsea in 2008) in Madrid on June 1.