Tottenham’s miraculous comeback from the confines of a potential exit was enough to stop Ajax Amsterdam’s beautiful Cinderella story.
It looked all glossy and Uhuru for the Dutch giants in the first half when goals from two of Europe’s hottest properties, Mathias De Ligt and Hakim Ziyech appeared to set up a fresh challenge for the North Londoners. The Eredevisie champions-elect had a 1-0 advantage from the first leg.
Some form of worry came when Lucas Moura nicked a goal in the 55th half to give Spurs some glimmer of hope. He soon added a second four minutes later to send the away fans at the Amsterdam Arena into great delight and there was enough time to do the damage.
Erik Ten Hag’s boys would rue the night for the rest of their careers as they failed to hang on in a game that was in their hands all through. Moura’s mercurial performance was at its apex when he he nicked the all-important third to complete a quite memorable hattrick right at the dead, in the 96th minute to set up an all English affair in the final.
Spurs will be the second team from North London and the third from London to play in the UCL final when they square up with Liverpool on June. The Reds had shocked Barcelona at Anfield to book plane tickets to Madrid.
It is the first final involving Premier League teams since 2008 when Chelsea faced Manchester United in Moscow.