Champions League: Lucas Moura Hat-Trick Takes Tottenham to Final with Win over Ajax

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Champions League: Lucas Moura Hat-Trick Takes Tottenham to Final with Win over Ajax

Lucas Moura's last-wheeze strike took Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League last without precedent for their history on Wednesday, finishing his cap trap and fixing an unbelievable 3-2 prevail upon Ajax to leave the Dutch side devastated. 

Ajax's impossible European run appeared to be set to go on right to the last as they drove 3-2 on total somewhere down in stoppage time in the second leg of the semi-last at the Johan Cruyff Arena. 

That was the point at which the ball broke to Lucas in the case and the Brazilian sent a low shot past the miserable plunge of Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana to seal their rebound, making it 3-2 to them on the night, 3-3 on total, and taking Mauricio Pochettino's men through on away objectives. 

The Ajax players drooped to the turf, their fans paralyzed, as they go out and Spurs advance to confront individual rebound rulers Liverpool in an all-English last in Madrid on June 1. 

Driving 1-0 after the principal leg, the exciting youthful Dutch side seemed to have murdered the tie after chief Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech both scored in the primary half here. 

That left Tottenham requiring a rebound to coordinate that of Liverpool against Barcelona the earlier night, however in a much shorter measure of time. 

A quickfire support by Lucas right off the bat in the second half gave them something to stick to, before he struck the conclusive blow, denying Ajax a first last since 1996. 

Erik ten Hag's group, who had just dispensed with the holders, Real Madrid, and Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus this season, were commended by their crushed fans at full-time and should now by one way or another lift themselves to attempt to win the Dutch title. 

They had been managed a brush only minutes before commencement when Brazilian winger David Neres hauled out of their beginning line-up after the warm-up, his place taken by the youthful Dane, Kasper Dolberg. 

Hurricane START 

That very late switch did not irritate the Dutch club, however. A long way from it. Dusan Tadic moved to one side wing, and Ajax begin attacking their adversaries directly from the off, similarly as they had done in the main leg. 

They won a corner after Hugo Lloris had extended to one side to beat away a Tadic shot, and from the conveyance that pursued from Lasse Schoene, De Ligt rose to head home a fifth-minute opener. 

Goads - without Harry Kane yet with Son Heung-min back in the wake of missing the principal leg because of suspension - threatened a quick answer as a Son cross hit the close post, yet Ajax got away and returned once more, a Tadic shot that bubbled simply past the far post going about as a prelude for what was to follow in the 35th moment. 

This time Tadic, the previous Southampton player, cut the ball back for Ziyech, whose first-time shot to his left side foot flew into the furthest corner from a troublesome edge. 

It was a superb objective, and it had unquestionably murdered the tie. 

The Spurs fans were justifiably repressed, and they would not have harbored an excess of expectation in Fernando Llorente as the huge striker traded Victor Wanyama for the second half. 

However the manner in which Pochettino's side returned out after half-time resounded what Liverpool had done at Anfield 24 hours sooner. 

They scored their first in the 55th moment, Lucas joining with Alli and opening low past Onana. 

Four minutes after that Onana made an unrealistic spare from Llorente's exertion inside the six-yard box, however the ball returned to Lucas and the Brazilian turned and figured out how to discover a corner. 

He wheeled away in festivity, very much mindful that Tottenham were currently only one objective far from finishing the turnaround. 

With such pressure, Ajax never again showed up so freed, yet Ziyech twice almost scored again, brushing the post with a first-time shot and after that hitting a similar upstanding in the 79th moment. 

Jan Vertonghen hit the bar at the opposite end, however exactly when it looked like Ajax would hold tight, Lucas conveyed the executioner blow.