The Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam witness emotional scenes after Tottenham Hotspur pulled off a thrilling 3-2 comeback in the second leg of the Champions League semifinal against Ajax, to book a ticket to the final. It was the first time, Spurs were entering the final in 23 years, and manager Mauricio Pochettino was unable to contain himself after the thrilling win.
Lucas Moura conjured the second Champions League miracle in 24 hours with a last-gasp winner to complete his hat-trick and a 3-2 win to send Tottenham Hotspur past a shattered Ajax Amsterdam into the final on away goals on Wednesday. A day after Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit, Tottenham came back from the dead after Ajax had looked certain to reach their first final for 23 years.
After the victory, the Argentine was seen in tears as he ran around the stadium to hug his players, coaching staff and his family.
He was later seen getting emotional in an interview to BT Sport. “It’s still difficult to talk. I feel the emotion. Thank you football. Thank you my players, they are heroes,” he said.
“This type of emotion, it is impossible to live. I am so emotional now. Thank you for the fans. Thank you for the people who believed in us to achieve this. It is difficult to describe now,” he added.
British media headlines:
The Times: “It happened again. Spurs reap rewards of daring to believe.
Mirror Sport: “One Moura miracle”
Daily Star: “Moura the merrier as Spurs reach final”
iSport: “Moura is Spurs’ own miracle man”
Daily Express: “It’s Moura the same!”
The Guardian: “Anything you can do… Tottenham stage stunning revival to set up Liverpool final”
Henry Winter in The Times: “As Pochettino wept at the remarkable response of his players, countless Spurs fans simply shed tears of joy. They have seen seven other English sides reach the final of Europe’s finest club competition.
“They have tried hard, had their moments in past competitions, reaching the semi-final in 1962, but this is unknown territory.”
Barney Ronay in The Guardian: “This was one of those moments where the show becomes more than a show. It was in its own way a deeply moving performance from both teams, a kind of art created out of shared but separate efforts, the conjoined backstories of these human variables, their will to chase into spaces, to read one another’s movements, to refuse to give in.”
Matt Law in The Telegraph on Moura: “This was a hat-trick in the second leg of a semi-final in which Tottenham Hotspur had been down and out. This was to complete one of the greatest nights in the club’s history.
“No wonder he clutched the match ball long after the final whistle like it was a precious jewel.”