Lucas Moura sent Tottenham to their first European final with an unbelievable second half hat-trick
Tottenham will face Liverpool in the Champions League final – but it wasn’t easy.
The Dutch side came into the match with a 1-0 lead from the first leg and quickly turned that into a 3-0 advantage by half time.
But two quick goals after half time set up a nervy finale, before Lucas Moura grabbed a hat-trick and legendary status.
Matyhijs De Ligt had nodded the Eredivise champions ahead with pin-point header before Hakim Ziyech thrashed in a wonderful finish after a brilliant move.
But after the interval Moura netted twice in four minutes to set up a phenomenal finale.
Anyone suffer a bout of deja vu?
And then Moura netted a stoppage time winner to send Spurs to their maiden Champions League final.
Here are 5 talking points from Amsterdam…
1. It happened again
Premier League > first leg leads.
It might not have the Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep billing that Barcelona vs Liverpool had but this deserved its place on the silver screen.
Instead of Gini Wijnaldum it was Lucas Moura, instead of Lionel Messi it was Dusan Tadic, instead of Jurgen Klopp it was Mauricio Pochettino.
3-0 down and still managing to progress? Easy pickings for Premier League clubs.
In some ways this was even better. A Spurs side completely out of form. A Spurs side without their talisman. A Spurs side away from home. A Spurs side 3-0 down with a quarter of the tie to go.
Football has been the winner this week, not off the field controversies or sideshows, good old fashioned football.
2. Liverpool vs Tottenham
Liverpool might have thought at the draw that if they somehow managed to get past Barcelona they would breeze to their first Champions League trophy since 2005.
They’ll certainly be thinking again after Spurs’s two legs against Ajax.
The Reds were forced to fight as their two 2-1 wins over the north London side in the Premier League this season have proven.
Klopp will certainly have been more confident about the devil he knows.
But the manner of this victor will give Klopp some nightmares.
Wanda Metropolitano on June 1 will play host to what is already looking like a modern day Champions League classic
3. Missing Kane? Nope!
For 45 minutes the game showed the difference in depth between Tottenham and Liverpool.
The Reds were without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, two of the world’s best attackers, and they were still able to score four past Barcelona.
Spurs were without Harry Kane and were toothless up front.
And then Lucas Moura turned up.
The Brazilian gave Spurs hope when all hope was lost with a quick-fire double.
When he got his third, the white half of north London lost their collective minds! The statue will be being drawn up as you read this.
Who even remembered Kane at full time? Harry who?
4. De Ligt, de legend
What to say about Matthijs De Ligt that hasn’t been said before?
The teenager is a legend in the making, despite the result.
In around 20 years time his name will be mentioned in the same sentences as Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Moore and Paolo Maldini.
There is very little he can’t do.
Decision making. Tick.
There is absolutely no surprise that the very elite of European football are falling over themselves with pens trying to persuade him to squiggle his name on a very expensive piece of paper.
A lack of Champions League final does not reflect on him.
5. Give me Moura
As Brittany Spears once sang: “Gimme gimme Moura, gimme Moura.”
The striker put on an unbelievable second half performance to send Spurs through.
The first goal was a clever effort at the near post the second a tap in but the third, after the 90 minutes had passed, was sheer nerveless finishing.
That match ball will it sit as pride of place in his cabinet.
Spurs have famously refused to spend any money in the last two transfer windows.
Their last signing…Lucas Moura!