Tottenham Hotspur stage remarkable comeback to reach Champions League final

A Lucas Moura hat trick saw Tottenham Hotspur recover from a three goal deficit to knock out Ajax on away goals and reach a first ever UEFA Champions League final.

The home side scored twice in the first half through Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech, to give them a 3-0 aggregate lead and leave Spurs with a mountain to climb in the second 45 minutes.

But the visitors rose to the challenge and Moura scored a quickfire double on 55 and 59 minutes to put Mauricio Pochettino’s team right back in the tie.

The striker then completed the North Londoners’ incredible comeback with one of the final kicks of the match, as he sent Tottenham Hotspur into dreamland with a last ditch 96th minute strike.

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Ajax began the game strongly and opened the scoring in the fifth minute when de Ligt rose above the Spurs defence to glance a header past Hugo Lloris and into the bottom left corner of the net.

Despite that early setback Tottenham enjoyed plenty of possession in the first half and could have responded immediately when Heung Min Son hit the post on six minutes, before the South Korean again went close when he shot straight at Ajax keeper André Onana midway through the opening period.

But Ajax recovered and doubled their advantage when Ziyech swept the ball home ten minutes before the break to put the Dutch side into a commanding lead.

Few would have given Tottenham much hope of finding a way back into the game, but an incredible four minute period saw Moura score twice to set up a tense finale to the match.

First Dele Alli played in Moura who finished off a rapid Spurs counter attack to give the visitors hope in the 55th minute, before the ball again fell to the Brazilian who hammered home just before the hour mark.

The final stages of the match saw chances to seal victory for both sides, as Ziyech’s 79th minute effort crashed off the bar and Jan Vertonghen was somehow denied twice after a penalty box scramble with three minutes left to play.

But the final moment of drama was saved for just seconds before the final whistle, as Moura completed his hat trick to send Tottenham Hotspur through to the Champions League Final.

Once again Alli fed the ball into Moura who slid the ball under Onana and into the bottom right corner in the 96th minute, to seal an unbelievable comeback from three goals down and win the tie on away goals.

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