Moura hat-trick flattens Ajax to put Tottenham into Champions League final

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Published on May 9, 2019 - Duration: 00:54s

Moura hat-trick flattens Ajax to put Tottenham into Champions League final

Lucas Mouras hat-trick miraculously sends Tottenham Hotspur past Ajax and into the Champions League final.

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Moura hat-trick flattens Ajax to put Tottenham into Champions League final

VIDEO SHOWS: POST-MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE WITH TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO SHOWS: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (MAY 8, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING (ON LUCAS MOURA): "I think that scoring the hat-trick.

Three goals.

If our players are superheroes, he is a super, super, superhero.

Because I think it was amazing.

He was really clinical in front of the goal.

Yes, I think a fantastic night, a magic night for him (Moura).

It was so important." 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: "I learned a sentence here which is 'no pain, no gain'.

And I think it's an amazing thing, because all the efforts we made in the last five years, it's today when you realize that the satisfaction.

Now you need to help me in English.

'ValiΓ³ la pena?'

[JOURNALIST ANSWERING: It was all worth it.] Yes, exactly." 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: "Yes, I am going to leave (Tottenham), or if I lose, maybe too." STORY: 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 (May 8).

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.

"I think that scoring the hat-trick.

Three goals.

If our players are superheroes, he is a super, super, superhero," Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said of the Brazilian's stellar night.

Tottenham had suffered three consecutive defeats in all competitions before Wednesday's second leg and when Ajax led 2-0 at half-time, there was a celebratory mood inside the jam-packed Johan Cruyff Arena as their fans' thoughts turned to Madrid.

But their joy turned into a nightmare as they were overwhelmed by a Tottenham side who dispensed with complicated tactics and simply threw the kitchen sink at their hosts.

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