What a night. What a team. Tottenham Hotspur fans had no right to believe they’d be making it to a Champions League final at half-time last night. Whatever Mauricio Pochettino said at the break worked, however, nine minutes before Lucas Moura’s eventual winner they thought they’d had their last chance through Jan Vertonghen.
87 – A real goalmouth scramble from a corner, but @JanVertonghen is denied twice and somehow the ball is kept out.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 8 May 2019
The Lilywhites’ dominant Belgian and ex-Ajax star had the ball fall kindly to him from a corner as he headed for a winner. The ball had little on it so the 32-year-old had to generate all the power himself. After what felt like hours of the ball hanging in the air, it crashed back off the crossbar before finding its way back to the Belgian just for his second volleyed effort to be cleared off the line.
It might be easy enough now knowing that after that moment it would take just nine minutes for the Lilywhites to eventually find that crucial 3rd goal through Lucas Moura, but at the time as Vertonghen missed it looked like Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s race had been run. Another nearly moment for the nearly men of Tottenham. Not last night, not on that night, and even if a lot of the fans lost hope, they can now look forward to a Champions League final.
You can read the Lilywhites’ thoughts after Vertonghen missed his chance here:
THAT WAS THE CHANCE HE NEEDED TO SCORE THAT!!!!
— Keaton (@Jar_Jar_Winks) 8 May 2019
That was it. Not the day.
— Alfie (@alfieffc) May 8, 2019
That was the chance…
— Toby Firth (@tottenhammad123) May 8, 2019
That was it.
— Dean (@_DipToBlack) 8 May 2019
Epic game but jeez that was the chance right there
— Mark (@YorkieInTheMids) May 8, 2019
I can’t see us doing this. It’s too little too late.
— Matt (@MattZDS) May 8, 2019
That was your chance
— Archie (@Amtj2003) May 8, 2019
That was it that was our chance
— Georgia (@georgiapearl21) May 8, 2019
The Lilywhites will be pinching themselves all day after yesterday, but when Vertonghen missed the feeling of desolation was impossible to shake.
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