Champions League: Tottenham Breaks Ajax’s Dream and Clinches First Final

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Tottenham clinch a place in the final of the Champions League after beating Ajax

Another surprise! After the “Liverpool surprise”, Lucas and Tottenham took their place in the Champions League final by defeating Ajax Amsterdam (3-2) on Wednesday 8th May 2019.

What an incredible “night of football”! Tottenham , thanks to a hat-trick of Lucas at the end of the extra time, knocked Ajax Amsterdam (3-2) back in the semi-finals on Wednesday 8th May, 2019 to qualify for the first Champions League final of their history .

It was not Anfield, but almost. In a merger Johan Cruyff Arena, which has long believed in the qualification of his own after the early goals of Matthijs de Ligt (5th) and Hakim Ziyech (35th), Tottenham, already beaten 1-0 in the first leg, managed unthinkable in less than a period thanks to a hat-trick of the Brazilian Lucas Moura (55th, 59th, 90 + 6). Only twenty-four hours after the crazy reversal of Liverpool against the ultrafavori Barcelona in the other semifinal (4-0, 0-3 one-way)!

The supporters of Ajax Amsterdam have applauded their protégés for their magnificent course, the disappointment of the men of Erik ten Hag was as immense as the liberating joy of the teammates of Hugo Lloris when Lucas scored a goal from elsewhere on the whole last action of the match.

The former striker of Paris SG is amazed at the microphone of RMC Sport:

“It’s impossible to explain this moment. These are moments that all players seek. Since I was little, I have the dream to play the Champions League, to win it and now I have the opportunity to play the final.”

“He’s a superhero,” added his coach Mauricio Pochettino, who ended the match in tears, his face stuck to the grass. The emotions follow one another for the Argentine coach: in the quarter-final against Manchester City, he had already believed in the elimination, in the last second of the return match. Before seeing the goal of Citizen Raheem Sterling cancelled for offside after using video assistance …

Read also: Champions League: Liverpool’s incredible comeback

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino and French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris celebrate qualifying for the Champions League final on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam.
Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino and French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris celebrate qualifying for the Champions League final on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam. (© AFP / Adrian DENNIS)

Ajax was almost there

Two years after losing in the Europa League, Ajax will not have a new opportunity to win a seventh European title, its fifth in the Champions League. Against all odds, the Tottenham – Liverpool final, scheduled for June 1st in Madrid, will be a 100% Premier League football teams, a  shock, the second in history after Manchester United’s win against Chelsea in 2008 …

No matter the end result, the incredible odyssey of the little Dutch Puget, who chose to bear the name of another Greek hero Ulysses despite a taste for adventure and sense of panache, has already marked the spirits of the football world.

But the generation Matthijs Ligt, failing to do as well as the generation Patrick Kluivert winner in 1995, will now be content with another goal: achieve the double Cup – Championship, with two more games to play ahead of the wire PSV Eindhoven, its sworn enemy.

Everything had started as in a dream … In the wake of a vicious shot by Dusan Tadic cornered by Hugo Lloris, De Ligt flew higher than everyone to open the score of the head (5th, 1 -0).

Tottenham’s response was immediate! His, suspended on the go, almost equalized a center-shot that completely trapped Onana, finally saved by his post (6th) …

In pain, the Ajacid collective has taken things in hand, thanks to some sequences of play technically stunning. Tadic timed to perfectly serve Ziyech, who placed a surgical strike in Lloris’s small net for the break (35th, 2-0).

The desperation of Ajax players eliminated in added time by Tottenham in the Champions League semi-final return on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam.
The desperation of Ajax players eliminated in added time by Tottenham in the Champions League semi-final return on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam. (© AFP / JOHN THYS)

Lucas, the true Greek hero

What’s the matter? In the Champions League, no one is ever safe! Back from the locker room, Tottenham, inspired by the incredible “remount” of Liverpool against Barcelona the day before, did not give up.

On an Eriksen caviar, Alli was in the perfect position to reduce the mark but he fell on a big Onana (54th)! On the next action, however, the English striker again sowed panic in the opposing defense, allowing Lucas to deceive the Cameroonian goalkeeper (55th, 2-1).

The beginning of five minutes of madness. Completely refreshed, the Spurs maintained the pressure to blame their opponent. And on a mess in the ajacid surface, the Brazilian leprechaun offered the doubled of hope (59th, 2-2).

Stunned, Ajax left the front but Lloris, author of an incredible tap (60) and Ziyech, unable to fit (63), then unlucky with the post (78), have left the suspense last.

In an end of match unbreathable, successive waves of the Spurs have almost engulf the Amsterdammers. The ship Ajax thought he had stood firm. But Lucas, still him, finally ended this odyssey of an unthinkable cross shot from the left (90 + 6) … As if it was written.

The Brazilian Lucas Moura, author of a hat-trick against Ajax, who sends Tottenham in the final of the Champions League, May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam.
The Brazilian Lucas Moura, author of a hat-trick against Ajax, who sends Tottenham in the final of the Champions League, May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam. (© AFP / Adrian DENNIS)
Results of the semi-finals of the 2018-2019 Champions League.
Results of the semi-finals of the 2018-2019 Champions League. (© AFP / Vincent LEFAI)

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