Tottenham Hotspur produced the second stunning Champions League comeback in two nights to set up an all-English final in June at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.
Spurs trailed Ajax 3-0 on aggregate at half-time of last night’s game in the Johan Cruyff Arena. Goals from Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech had seemingly given them an easy night at the office.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team were rampant in the second half, however. Lucas Moura’s quick-fire double gave Spurs parity on the night and then with just seconds on the clock he completed his hat-trick to leave the Dutch side stunned.
Spurs will face Liverpool in June with either Pochettino or Jurgen Klopp set to claim their first European trophy.
After the game, ex-Tottenham players were in full force on Twitter, praising their former club for showing such fighting spirit, against formidable opposition.
David Ginola was adored by Spurs fans in the 90s and he couldn’t hide his delight, tweeting:
— David Ginola (@teamginola) May 8, 2019
Gary Lineker boasts legendary stadium at Tottenham and in line with his work for BT Sport, he was thankful for what he has witnessed over the last two nights. He used the word ‘magical’ to sum up last night:
I love my job. What a delight and a privilege to have witnessed 2 of the greatest comebacks in the history of the beautiful game. Absolutely magical. Well played @SpursOfficial. Well played. 👏👏👏
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 8, 2019
Current Burnley striker Peter Crouch spent four years of his career at Spurs spread across two different spells. He stated his need for a spot of relaxation after the enthralling finale:
Absolutely amazing. @SpursOfficial
I need a lie down
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) May 8, 2019
The occasion proved a monumental night for the Premier League. It will be the first time since 2008 that two English sides have contested for the trophy. During that encounter, Manchester United trumped Chelsea on penalties. Who will prevail when Spurs and Liverpool go head-to-head in June?