Ajax 2-3 Tottenham: Lucas Moura masterclass reduced Mauricio Pochettino to tears in miraculous comeback everyone was dreaming about but no one was expecting
Oh my goodness. We have been treated this year with some truly marvellous comebacks, and just when we thought we had seen it all, following Liverpool’s miraculous comeback against Barcelona, we were served another insane moment in footballing history as a Moura’s second-half hat-trick sends Spurs through sailing through on away goals to the final in Madrid.
It was a genuinely special moment for all fans to savour. A downtrodden Spurs side beaten at home and two goals down in the away leg fighting back in the most fantastic of ways to realise their dream of reaching a Champions League final, handing the nation their first all English final since Chelsea and Manchester United battled it out in 2008.
But it could have been so different. The impressive Matthijs de Ligt, who is almost certainly going to be one of the players leaving this summer, scored a towering header in opening five minutes to give his team the lead before a sensational curling finish from Hakim Ziyech virtually put the game out of sight.
But Brazilian Lucas scored twice inside four minutes to make the improbable dream possible, first completing a ruthless counter-attack before squirming his way through a crowded box to power home into the left corner. And the little South American pocket rocket completed his hat-trick on in the dying second of the 96th minute to seal a historic victory for his side.
All eyes were on Lucas Moura last night, and deservedly so – he was immense. But we would like to give a special mention to Fernando Llorente.
The job he was given wasn’t pretty but boy did he do it well. Thrown on at half-time to replace Victor Wanyama, it was no secret what the big Spanish forward was asked to do: sit on the comparatively small Daley Blind and Matthias De Ligt and make himself a nuisance.
Which is exactly what he did.
Balls were lumped in from far and wide and, like clockwork, Llorente consistently won his aerial duels to allow his teammates the opportunity to bomb forwards into their opponents’ half.
He may have missed a couple of headed chances himself, but realistically who is going to remember that now? Quality stuff, and an inspired substitute from Pochettino.
Although Llorente’s future at the club is in doubt with his deal set to run out this summer, last night’s performance has surely given Spurs something to think about.
Get. Him. Signed.
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