And then, somehow, it did.
Down 2-0 at half-time, Spurs needed three goals to advance to the Champions League final and incredibly, they found them all through Lucas Moura.
The Brazilian became an instant Tottenham legend with his second-half hat-trick, with the last of the three goals coming in the 96th minute to dramatically seal a place in the showpiece in Madrid.
There was of course plenty of reaction to Spurs sealing their place in the final, where they will take on Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Even an Arsenal fan can appreciate the astonishing performances by @LFC and @SpursOfficial over the last two nights. Two underdogs defying the odds to set up an all English Champions League Final. Congratulations and good luck to both teams in the final. #AJATOT— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 8, 2019
Don’t forget Lucas Moura is a PSG reject, whom they have sold to make space for Neymar to come in and win them UCL.— Football Stuff (@FootbalIStuff) May 8, 2019
The irony!! pic.twitter.com/lTeVCUL103
Just rang my dad, a lifelong Spurs fan, to congratulate him.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 8, 2019
Hardest phone call of my life.
When you've seen Origi and Moura help their teams into the Champions League Final like that, that stuff Jesus did in the Bible doesn't seem all that anymore. Man needs to up his game.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 8, 2019
If Spurs' new ground isn't immediately named Lucas Moura Stadium, their spot in the final should be forfeited.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) May 8, 2019
Fell on the floor & started crying when Moura netted in the final minute & I’m not even ashamed to admit that. This is what it means. No matter what happens in Madrid, I will never forget this journey. Unbelievable.— Noz Ahmed (@NozAhmed) May 8, 2019
Liverpool: "NOTHING WILL EVER TOP THAT."— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) May 8, 2019
Spurs: "HOLD OUR BEER."
8 - Spurs will be the eighth different English team to feature in a European Cup/Champions League final, after Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest. Inspired. #AJATOT pic.twitter.com/ZZ7OKW4rPQ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 8, 2019
FOOTBALL YOU ARE AMAZING. JUST AMAZING— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) May 8, 2019
- New stadium issues— bet365 (@bet365) May 8, 2019
- Most home games at Wembley
- No signings in either window
- Squad full of World Cup players
Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs have taken all of this in their stride to reach a Champions League final and finish above Arsenal in the league.
👏 When Pochettino took over at Tottenham, they hadnt finished above 4th in 29 years and had never got past a Champions League quarter-final— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) May 8, 2019
He's now taken them to 4 consecutive Top 4 finishes and their first ever Champions League final!
What. A. Man #AJATOT pic.twitter.com/SxoR11ZCLa
2-0 - Tottenham Hotspur are the first team to come two goals behind to win in a Champions League semi-final since Manchester United in 1999 against Juventus. Breathtaking. #AJATOT pic.twitter.com/JsXIq0z4Y5— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 8, 2019