Tottenham Hotspur’s players were heroes last night against Ajax, as they achieved one of the Champions League’s best ever comebacks.
However, one hero stuck out among the others, as Lucas Moura notched a second-half hat-trick to send his team to Madrid.
Spurs looked out of the tie at half time, with Ajax adding two strikes to their away goal from last week.
3-0 down on aggregate, Tottenham needed nothing short of a miracle to even dream of the Champions League final, enter Moura.
Lucas nipped in and took the ball of Alli after an impressive run by the Englishmen, slotting it calmly past the Ajax keeper after 55 minutes. Spurs were back in the game.
Just four minutes later, it was more than a dream, it was a real chance. Moura again was the quickest to react after Llorente’s effort was sensationally saved. Some quick footwork from the Brazilian, and a fine finish to match, made it 2-2 on the night.
As the minutes ticked by, it felt increasingly as if it would be a ‘next goal wins’ type scenario, but after Jan Vertonghen missed two key chances to hit the winner, hope seemed lost for Spurs.
Apparently, no one told Moura though, as the winger ran in behind again to latch onto a Dele pass, sweeping the finish past the keeper to send Tottenham into dreamland.
But who else has scored a Champions League semi-final hat-trick in the competition’s history?
Only five men, including Moura, have ever achieved such a feat, the most recent of which some may remember as Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2017.
Robert Lewandowski in 2013, Ivica Olic in 2010, and Alessandro del Piero in 1998 complete the list.
Pretty good company for you there, Moura!
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) 8 May 2019
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