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Lucas Moura’s hat-trick leads Tottenham to Champions League final after beating Ajax 3-2

Lucas Moura’s hat-trick porpells Tottenham to Champions League final after beating Ajax 3-2

– Ajax vs Tottenham Champions League clash saw Lucas Moura help Spurs reach their first ever final

– They will face fellow Premier League side Liverpool in Madrid on June 1 to decide the winner of this season’s edition

– Ajax took the lead in the first half but let go of their two goals lead by allowing Moura steal the show in the second stanza

Premier League side Ajax are through to their first ever Champions League final following their 3-2 win over Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men produced a superb performance in the second half to outclass the Dutch side progress to the final on 3-3 aggregate.

Matthijs de Ligt opened scoring for the hosts through a header just five minutes into the game after connecting with Lasse Schoene’s cross.

The hosts continued to mount pressure on their guests having unsettled them in the early minutes of the clash with the goal.

As the game progressed, Hakim Ziyech doubled Ajax’s lead 30 minutes later through a superb finish from the left flank – a goal assisted by Dusan Tadic in the 35th minute.

And the Dutch side were to keep a clean sheet in the first stanza of the match before the referee signaled the end of the half.

However, on return to the pitch for the second half of the meeting, Mauricio Pochettino’s men took a different dimension as Lucas Moura became the hero of the night.

The former Paris Saint Germain star scored a hat-trick which propelled the north London side to the final of the championship for the first time in their history.

Moura grabbed his first goal of the match in the 55th minute after muscling a Dele Alli’s assist from close range and reduced his side’s deficit in the meeting.

Barely four minutes later, the 26-year-old doubled his tally and equally increased Spurs goals to two in the 59th minute.

It was however looking done and dusted for the Dutch Boys as they game had entered into the extra minutes.

But the Brazilian struck one more time in the 96th minute to ensure Tottenham qualify for the final and will face fellow EPL side Liverpool.

Coach Erik ten Hag’s men will however have themselves to blame for squandering their early lead in the encounter after conceding three goals in the second half of the match.

Spurs will now battle Liverpool on June 1 for the Champions League title with the Reds hoping to win their sixth – while the north Londoners will be aiming for their first ever UCL crown.

Ajax defeat Tottenham in the UCL First Leg Semifinals 0-1

Ajax Put Tottenham In An Early Strangehold And Held On For Dear LifeThrough 15 minutes, it looked like Ajax were playing a particularly easy group stage match rather than the away leg of the Champions League semifinal.

The Dutch Boys showed up at Tottenham’s brand new stadium and promptly put the undermanned London club in a variety of submission moves, moving the ball around the nonexistent Spurs midfield and generally looking like the team that had shocked the world by eliminating Real Madrid and Juventus in the previous two rounds.

Ajax’s early gameplan was rewarded on the scoreboard in the 15th minute, when an incredible Hakim Ziyech through ball found a barely-onside Donny van de Beek wide-open inside the Spurs box, with only an overmatched Hugo Lloris standing between him and a crucial away goal. Lloris…did not do anything right—though you can’t really blame the guy when he was stranded in a 2-on-1 from about 8 yards out—and van de Beek scored what would prove the only goal in an enormous 1-0 Ajax win.

The visitors’ domination continued after the goal. Ajax had plenty of chances to double their lead in the first half, while Tottenham’s most important highlight of the half was seeing their two best defenders (Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld) bonk heads going up for a header.

Vertonghen took the worst of the hit and needed medical attention. Inexplicably, the Spurs medical staff let the visibly woozy and bloody center back return to the field. Thankfully, Vertonghen was lucid enough to call for a sub a short time after. The image of him hunched over in need of assistance to walk off the pitch and down the tunnel for treatment is a haunting example of soccer’s deplorable treatment of head injuries.

Weirdly, that injury (and the subsequent substitution, which saw midfielder Moussa Sissoko enter for Vertonghen) seemed to rally Spurs, who prior to that looked like a shadow of the team that beat Manchester City in the quarterfinals.

Though it didn’t lead to many real chances, Tottenham were able to establish consistent possession of the ball (they started with 30 percent possession before controlling things in the second half to finish with 52 percent) and give their defense some some much needed respite from the ceaseless Ajax attack.

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t save Juventus as Juventus loses to Ajax in UCL quarter-finals

Juventus vs Ajax: Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal not enough as Ajax reach UCL semi-final

– Juventus vs Ajax saw the Dutch giants Ajax knock Juventus out of the Champions League at the quarter-final round

– Cristiano Ronaldo headed in from a corner inside the first half-an-hour to hand Juventus a good start, but Ajax Donny van de Beek equalized in the 34 minute

– Matthijs de Ligt netted the heartbreaker for Ajax with a header and will now wait for the winner between Man City and Tottenham in the semi-final Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was not enough as Juventus suffered a 1-2 home defeat against Ajax on Tuesday, April 16, in the reverse fixture of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

The encounter at Allianz Stadium saw Ajax come from behind to beat Juventus on the night and progress to the semifinals on a 3-2 aggregate win. Ajax made an early substitution, with Daley Sinkgraven replacing Nossair Mazraoui in the 6th minute after the later suffered a knock.

As the half progressed, Juventus were not finding it easy to break down the Dutch side, who showed class with the fluidity of their passing game.

However, it was Ronaldo again that netted the game’ opener in the 29th minute, to put Juventus into the lead after a decent assist from Miralem Pjanic. In the 34th minute Ajax levelled scores after Donny van de Beek beat Juventus defence offside trap. Moise Kean replaced Paulo Dybala as Juventus embark on quest to score the second goal.

Juventus had a penalty appeal after Emre Can went down in the vital area, after a tackle from an Ajax player, but the referee ignored making the call Ajax came close to netting the winner twice in the 57th minute but Juventus goalkeeper Szczesny was spot on to make a save.

And moment later Juve defence denied the visitor another chance to go into the lead.

But in the 67th minute after Matthijs de Light nodded in Ajax second off a corner-kick from Lasse Schone to further peg Juventus behind.
Indeed, it was the deciding moment of the game as Juventus needed to scores two more goals without conceding again, if they must progress to the semis.

Despite late chances Ajax held on to claim a precious 3 – 2 aggregate win after the two-legged affair.

The result sees Ajax progress to the semi-final round of the Champions League at the expense of Ronaldo’s Juventus.