Tottenham Hotspurs are set to face Liverpool in an all-English Champions League final after producing a scintillating second-half comeback against Ajax Amsterdam.
The white Hart lane side trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Spurs looked out of it at half-time after a towering header from Matthijs de Ligt and a curling finish from Hakim Ziyech.
But Lucas stuck twice inside four minutes to level the scores early in the second half, first slotting home a brisk counter-attack before wriggling past two defenders in the box to smash in the equalizer.
The Brazilian completed his remarkable hat-trick when he scored the dramatic winner deep into stoppage time to seal another historic night in this competition, and leave Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino in tears.
A tearful Mauricio Pochettino hailed his players as “superheroes” after they fired Tottenham into the Champions League final against all the odds.
“I said before my players were heroes – now they are superheroes. The most important thing I want to say is congratulations to them – they own the football. They delivered the job.
Mauricio Pochettino saw his side pull off the unlikeliest of comebacks
“To go to the final is close to a miracle. Nobody believed in us in the beginning of the season. But we fully deserve to win tonight and be there.”
Barely 24 hours after Liverpool staged one of the greatest-ever fightbacks at Anfield.
The 2019 Champions League final will be only the third major European final in history to feature two English teams, after the 1972 UEFA Cup final (Spurs vs Wolves) and 2008 Champions League final (Man Utd vs Chelsea).
By Olukayode Oniwinde