Ajax 2 Tottenham 3 (3-3 agg, Spurs win on away goals): Lucas treble sends Spurs through

Lucas Moura’s incredible second-half hat-trick saw Tottenham snatch a 3-2 win at Ajax and a place in the Champions League final on away goals.

As in last week’s semi-final first leg, Erik ten Hag’s side were smoothly into their work by the time inspirational captain Matthijs de Ligt headed a fifth-minute opener.

Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands - May 8, 2019  Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt celebrates scoring their first goal with Frenkie de Jong   REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

© Thomson Reuters Soccer Football – Champions League Semi Final Second Leg – Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands – May 8, 2019 Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt celebrates scoring their first goal with Frenkie de Jong REUTERS/Piroschka Van De WouwHakim Ziyech made it 2-0 10 minutes before half-time but, in a season now steeped in implausible Champions League comebacks, Lucas’ brace had the game all-square on the night before the hour.

Ziyech hit the post and Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen struck the crossbar before the irrepressible Lucas steered home Dele Alli’s pass deep into stoppage time.

It means an all-English final against fellow comeback kings Liverpool in Madrid on June 1 for Mauricio Pochettino’s never-say-die team.

Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands - May 8, 2019  Tottenham's Lucas Moura celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick with Dele Alli   Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

© Thomson Reuters Soccer Football – Champions League Semi Final Second Leg – Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands – May 8, 2019 Tottenham’s Lucas Moura celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick with Dele Alli Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

De Ligt powered home Lasse Schone’s early corner but Spurs’ response was initially encouraging, with Son Heung-min almost catching out Andre Onana when he hit the base of the post.

Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands - May 8, 2019  Tottenham's Lucas Moura celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick with Dele Alli and team mates  Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

© Thomson Reuters Soccer Football – Champions League Semi Final Second Leg – Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands – May 8, 2019 Tottenham’s Lucas Moura celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat-trick with Dele Alli and team mates Action Images via Reuters/Matthew ChildsAjax appeared to have a foot in the final when Donny van de Beek and Dusan Tadic combined in slick fashion on the break, with the latter teeing up Ziyech to finish emphatically.

Onana made a stunning reaction save from Alli eight minutes into the second half but had no chance when Lucas darted beyond Schone’s challenge to reduce the arrears.

Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands - May 8, 2019  Tottenham's Son Heung-min celebrates after the match                             REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

© Thomson Reuters Soccer Football – Champions League Semi Final Second Leg – Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands – May 8, 2019 Tottenham’s Son Heung-min celebrates after the match REUTERS/Dylan MartinezFernando Llorente was then thwarted from point-blank range by Onana but, like Hugo Lloris before him, his defence could not bail him out and Lucas showcased brilliant footwork to create space and dispatch a shot in a packed penalty area.

Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands - May 8, 2019  Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham's Lucas Moura celebrate after the match                            REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

© Thomson Reuters Soccer Football – Champions League Semi Final Second Leg – Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands – May 8, 2019 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham’s Lucas Moura celebrate after the match REUTERS/Dylan MartinezZiyech was inches away from his second in the 61st minute and the chaotic feel continued as De Ligt denied Lucas a quickfire hat-trick before testing Lloris at the other end.

Moroccan Ziyech hit the upright and tested Lloris one last time either side of Vertonghen heading a set piece against his former club’s bar, but it was Lucas who produced the devastating final twist.

Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final Second Leg - Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur - Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands - May 8, 2019  Ajax's Daley Blind and Nicolas Tagliafico look dejected at the end of the match   REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

© Thomson Reuters Soccer Football – Champions League Semi Final Second Leg – Ajax Amsterdam v Tottenham Hotspur – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands – May 8, 2019 Ajax’s Daley Blind and Nicolas Tagliafico look dejected at the end of the match REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Source: Goal.com

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