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Ajax v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 08/05/2019

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AJX
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M. de Ligt (5)
H. Ziyech (35)
Lucas Moura (55)
Lucas Moura (59)
Lucas Moura (90+6)
Johan Cruijff Arena

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Well, that’s all we have time for today. It has been an absolute pleasure to bring you a remarkable game that will go down long in the memory of any fan! A mouth-watering Madrid final awaits!
It has been an outstanding effort from Ajax, who right up until the last moment looked set to be heading through. The hosts' young team may well be dismantled now, but Ten Hag's side have done the giant Dutch club proud this season. However, this dramatic Champions League campaign had another twist, and it is Spurs who have set up an all English final against Liverpool, whose own comeback win over Barca yesterday may have just been topped!
Harry Kane is on the pitch, Mauricio Pochettino is crying. Spurs fans are in raptures. But, after a few moments of overcoming the shock, the home faithful laud their young team, many of whom – the outgoing Frenkie de Jong included – are still tearful.
IT’S ALL OVER! Heartache for Ajax, and their players are in tears on the pitch. Spurs’ players too, are in tears, but they are of joy, not sadness. After going 2-0 down in the first half, and 3-0 on aggregate, Lucas Moura’s hat-trick – the third goal of which came in the sixth minute of added time – has sent Tottenham through to their first ever Champions League final.
90' + 10' FULL TIME: AJAX 2-3 TOTTENHAM (3-3 AGG, SPURS WIN ON AWAY GOALS).
90' + 9' IT’S CLEARED! Moura is on the run, Spurs are up the pitch, and they are heading to the final!
90' + 8' Ajax are back on the attack. We’re into the eighth minute of added time. They have a throw…
Lucas Moura
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 6' MOURA!!!!!!! IT’S 3-2, SPURS ARE GOING THROUGH TO THE FINAL! Incredible. Just incredible! It’s a hat-trick, it’s amazing. Lucas Moura has proved the hero, somehow getting to a loose ball first and slotting a precise finish into the bottom-left corner.
D. Alli
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 6' Alli was again involved, flicking the ball down to the edge of the box. De Ligt failed to get there, and Moura took full advantage!
A. Onana
Yellow Card
Ajax
90' + 5' Onana gets a booking for time wasting.
90' + 4' Eriksen sends in a wonderful delivery, and Llorente – the man that Spurs would have wanted under it – gets on the end of it. But from six yards out, the Spaniard sends his header over. Will there be one more chance for Tottenham?
90' + 4' Spurs have a corner, and Lloris is coming up!
90' + 3' SAVE! Lloris keeps Spurs in it! After looking completely out of energy a moment ago, Ziyech is suddenly bursting forward at full pelt to get on the end of Sinkgraven’s pass. He slows, sets himself, and thumps a strike at goal, but Lloris makes a brilliant stop.
90' + 2' Ziyech somehow manages to keep the ball in play, but then his legs seem to drop out on him, and he collapses to the turf. Spurs capitalise, only for Eriksen to then send a slack pass out of play.
90' + 1' We are into the first minute of five added on in Amsterdam. Ajax get clear on the break, with Tadic slipping a neat pass through to De Jong, who had made a 60-yard run to get into the box. Alderweireld, though, tracked it, and made a superb block.
L. Magallán
D. van de Beek
Ajax
90' That will be Van de Beek’s last involvement. The midfielder, who plays with a maturity well beyond his years, goes off to a resounding roar of appreciation. A defender – Magallan – is on.
89' We’re heading into the final minutes of normal time now, and Ajax’s team are all back behind the ball as Spurs have a free-kick. They get it clear, though, with Van de Beek hoofing the ball up to Ziyech and Tadic, who force the ball out off of Davies for a throw.
87' HOW HAS THAT NOT GONE IN!? The ball fell to Vertonghen, who against his former club, heads against the crossbar from six yards out. The rebound falls back to the defender, but Veltman is in the right place to clear off the line.
86' After Ajax have another penalty appeal turned away at the other end, Son engineers space in the hosts’ area, and his shot is cleared for a corner.
85' There is no subtlety to Tottenham’s tactics. Llorente is up top, and at every opportunity his team-mates are finding him, punting long, looping passes to the centre forward, who more often than not is winning his battles with Blind or De Ligt. Ajax, though, are still a constant threat on the counter. This is a truly remarkable encounter.
84' Desperate defending from Ajax! Moura gets the better of Sinkgraven, who for a moment looks as though he might dive in and concede a penalty. Spurs’ winger gets the ball to Llorente, who turns back on himself and tries to get a shot off, but a swarm of defenders crowd him out.
B. Davies
D. Rose
Tottenham Hotspur
82' Rose, who has had a running battle with Ziyech and was on a booking, has made way for Davies.
82' Lamela is immediately involved, threading a pass into Llorente, who holds off his marker and tries to play it back to his team-mate. Blind, though, got to it.
E. Lamela
K. Trippier
Tottenham Hotspur
81' Lamela, who has returned from a lengthy injury lay off, has come on in place of Trippier.
80' More superb counter-attacking play from Ajax, as Ziyech takes a wonderful touch to trap a long ball. He has Tottenham’s defence on their heels, and the space opens up for him to shoot. This time, though, he decides to find Tadic, and that allows Vertonghen to make a vital tackle.
79' POST! What an epic contest this is! Ajax get on the attack, Van de Beek holding the play up before finding Ziyech. He takes a measured touch to set himself, before cracking an effort at goal. Lloris is beaten, but the ball rattles away off the upright.
H. Ziyech
Yellow Card
Ajax
77' Ziyech dived in late on Rose, and receives a booking. Just over 10 minutes remain in Amsterdam, and Ajax are looking ragged!
77' Ajax are yet to have a shot on target in the second half, although they have certainly had their chance to get a third.
D. Rose
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
76' A booking for Rose, who let his temper get the better of him after conceding a free-kick, picking the ball up and thumping it into the turf.
75' Moura is running riot at the moment, drifting wide and constantly finding pockets of space to operate in. This time, he gets down the right, but despite having a decent angle from which to shoot, he elects to pass it, allowing Ajax’s defence to scramble it clear.
74' WIDE! Trippier’s delivery from the resulting set-piece is a good one, and Alderweireld – back at his former stomping ground – connects with his header. The Belgian can’t turn it on target, though.
73' After withstanding a spell of Ajax pressure, Tottenham are now back on the front foot, as this enthralling, end-to-end contest continues to spiral out of control in a flurry of thunderous football. Alli leads the way, and cleverly clips the ball off Tagliafico for a corner.
72' CLOSE! Lloris sends a weak punch straight back out to De Ligt, following Ziyech’s delivery. The burley defender twists one way and then the other, before hammering a low cross-shot that Spurs’ goalkeeper gets something on and, despite having the goal to aim at, Tagliafico cannot adjust his feet quickly enough to tuck home the rebound.
70' Ajax, with one moment of quality, break through Spurs’ lines, with Ziyech then floating a cross towards the back post. Sinkgraven was waiting for it, but Tadic intervened, and his heavy touch allowed Trippier to clear.
68' Tadic has now moved central, with Sinkgraven on the left flank. Ziyech, however, is the player pushing Ajax forward down the other wing, finding Mazraoui, who believes he is fouled in the Spurs area. The referee, though, dismisses the claims for a spot-kick.
D. Sinkgraven
K. Dolberg
Ajax
67' Another change from Ten Hag, whose side are clearly panicking as Spurs up the pressure. Dolberg, who has been anonymous since the restart, goes off, with defender Sinkgraven coming on.
66' Son wants a penalty, but instead, referee Felix Brych gives a foul the other way, with Tottenham’s number seven having lunged in on Veltman.
65' WHAT A BLOCK! Llorente’s header falls nicely for Moura, who wastes no time in hammering the ball towards the target but, with less than a second to react, De Ligt launches himself forward and denies what looked to be a certain goal.
64' CLOSE! Ajax almost have another! A. Slick move down the left results in Tadic once again finding Ziyech. This time, though, the Morocco international drags his first-time finish wide.
63' All four of Moura's Champions League goals for Tottenham this season have come away from home.
61' Ajax have a chance now, after Ziyech charges his way through a tackle and then lets rip with a long-range shot, which deflects wide.
J. Veltman
L. Schöne
Ajax
60' Ten Hag has responded by making a change. Schone is off, with Veltman – who will go to right-back – coming on. Mazraoui is now in midfield.
Lucas Moura
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
59' GOOOOAAAALL!! MOURA SCORES AGAIN, IT’S 2-2! Oh my word. I thought we’d witnessed the comeback of all comebacks yesterday, but incredibly, Spurs are now level on the night and one behind on aggregate! After a wonderful save by Onana to deny Llorente, Ajax failed to clear their lines, and Moura was able to latch onto the loose ball and, on the spin, unleash a pinpoint finish into the bottom-left corner.
57' Well, the pressure is on Ajax now, and they will have to show that, along with their free-flowing attacking football, they have the defensive grit to see this through. Spurs still need another two goals, without conceding another, to go through, but they are certainly capable of getting them.
D. Alli
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
55' Alli has been by far Spurs' best performer so far, and it was a wonderful run by him. It looked as though Ajax's defence had crowded him out, but he showed great composure to turn back on himself, with Moura on hand to pick up the loose ball.
Lucas Moura
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
55' GOAL! MOURA PULLS ONE BACK FOR SPURS! It’s 2-1 on the night, and 3-1 on aggregate now, and Tottenham have some hope. A brilliant bit of skill from Rose gets the visitors away on the counter, Alli racing clear before turning the ball into Moura’s path, and he places a brilliant finish beyond Onana.
54' SAVE! That’s a great stop by Onana! Ajax are opened up, with Tagliafico caught cold by a wonderful Eriksen cross. Alli meets it, and directs an effort goalwards on the half-volley, but Onana is well placed at his near post. That's a warning sign, though!
52' Tottenham are applying a lot of pressure now, and clearly whatever Pochettino said to them at half-time has had the desired impact. Alderweireld delivers a dangerous cross, which Blind gets a crucial touch to in order to deny Llorente a free header.
K. Dolberg
Yellow Card
Ajax
50' Dolberg has gone into the book for a foul on Rose.
49' A bit of a sloppier start to the second half from Ajax, compared to their rampaging play at the beginning of the first half, with Spurs pushing high up the pitch and forcing some errors from their hosts.
47' Well, maybe the Ajax fans should be worried! Llorente’s clever pass puts De Ligt in a bit of bother, and he just manages to get there ahead of Alli. Tottenham can’t make anything of the corner, though, and Ajax are quickly countering.
46' Back up and running at Johan Cruijff ArenA, after Bob Marley’s classic song Three Little Birds – with its classic chorus of "don’t worry about a thing" – is belted out by the sound system. The Ajax fans carry on singing after the play restarts. Their team are 45 minutes from a Champions League final.
Llorente
V. Wanyama
Tottenham Hotspur
46' A half-time change for Spurs. Llorente was their hero against Manchester City in the quarter-finals, and he has replaced Wanyama. You would assume that means a change in shape, with Llorente going up top and Son, along with Moura, moving out wide.
Ten Hag will know that Ajax have their destiny well within their own hands, with Tottenham needing to score three to go through. Pochettino, meanwhile, must look to find some positives from that opening 45 minutes if Spurs are to somehow claw their way back into contention – although given Liverpool’s comeback yesterday, you cannot rule that out!
Half-time in Amsterdam, and what a half it has been for Ajax! An outstanding performance from the Eredivisie leaders so far, with goals from De Ligt and Ziyech putting them well in control of this tie, and they have one foot already in the final. Tottenham have been poor, but against this rampant young Ajax team, buoyed on by their equally voracious support, it is hard to guarantee that they would have fared much better even if they were at their best.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: AJAX 2-0 TOTTENHAM (3-0 AGG).
45' + 1' Stunning from Ziyech who, after hunting down a long ball from Blind, then runs 50 yards back the other way to chase Rose. He manages to catch the full-back up, only to concede a free-kick, but the Ajax fans do not care one bit. That was their team’s ethos personified there. It has been a masterclass from Ten Hag’s side so far.
44' A slack foul from Wanyama, who dived in recklessly on Schone, gives Ajax the chance to test Tottenham’s defence once again, just before we get to half-time. Ziyech delivers a good cross to De Ligt, who gets a header back into the six-yard box, but it is cleared for a corner.
43' Only Lionel Messi (15) has been directly involved in more goals this season in the Champions League than Tadic, who has scored six goals and has provided four assists.
41' Tottenham’s talisman Kane is watching on from the stands, and how he will wish he could be on that pitch attempting to get Spurs back into this contest. The visitors race forward through Rose, who finds Son, but he is caught in two minds, and Blind nips in.
39' This has been such an accomplished display by Ajax so far. Ten Hag’s side have been superb all season, but seem to be finding another level at the moment, and Spurs – one of the Premier League’s finest teams – simply do not have an answer at the moment.
37' Tadic and Ziyech have now combined for three Champions League goals in 2018-19, only Kylian Mbappe and Neymar (four) have managed more together as a duo in the competition this season.
D. Tadić
Assist
Ajax
35' Ajax are flying, no, soaring in Amsterdam, and they are leaving Spurs in their wake. Tadic was the instigator, getting the better of Trippier – who claimed he was fouled, but to no avail – before driving forward and picking the right pass for Ziyech to double the hosts’ lead.
H. Ziyech
Goal
Ajax
35' WHAT A GOAL! ZIYECH MAKES IT 2-0! This is wonderful from Ajax! Tadic gets the ball over Trippier, and combines with Dolberg. The former Southampton man then picks up his head and plays an inch-perfect cut-back to Ziyech, who slams an exquisite first-time finish into the far corner.
34' Excellent play by De Jong, who just oozes confidence and class as he picks up possession right on the edge of Ajax’s box, but still gets his way out of trouble before drawing a foul from Sissoko. The 21-year-old is an incredible talent, and Ajax’s loss is certainly Barcelona’s gain.
32' Wanyama – and the referee – are both back on the field and play has continued.
31' A pause in play now, as Wanyama has to receive some treatment. The referee has also had to get some help, having seemingly had an issue with his radio.
30' SO CLOSE! A reckless ball from Onana threatens to put Ajax in trouble, but instead of caving under pressure, Ten Hag’s side calmly play their way out from the back. Tadic leads the counter, squaring up Alderweireld before getting around his former Southampton team-mate and thumping a low effort across the face of goal, inches wide.
29' It appears that Trippier is struggling with what looks to be a groin injury. However, with no natural right-back on the bench, Pochettino is short on options should the ex-Burnley full-back have to come off.
28' An outswinging corner from Rose is aimed for Vertonghen, but the defender – who is wearing a protective mask following his injury in the first leg – can’t get there. Moura meets it on the rebound, 20 yards out, but his wild strike sails well off target.
27' Tottenham make a real fist of clearing their lines, with Ajax’s forwards all swarming the ball. However, Alli gets back to help out and, after some assured touches, bursts through the hosts’ midfield and gets Spurs upfield. Excellent play from the England international, who has looked bright so far.
26' Ajax are yet to lose a Champions League game in which they have taken the lead. Spurs, meanwhile, have now conceded seven goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches in the Champions League this season, the most of any side.
24' More promising play from the visitors, as Moura bundles his way into the area and lays the ball back to Eriksen, who made a late run from midfield. The former Ajax star takes aim, but his strike is directed straight at Onana.
23' For one of the first times, Tottenham manage to play their way through Ajax’s press. That leads to Sissoko driving through midfield and finding Alli, who plays in Son, but the forward’s prod does not trouble Onana.
21' Ziyech delivers a decent free-kick, but Vertonghen gets too it. Spurs look to pounce on the counter-attack, but Ajax’s players all race back – De Jong effortlessly getting to the ball before Son, with Ziyech then on hand to dribble his way out of danger.
20' Fantastic pressing by Ajax, led by the superb Van de Beek, who forces Sissoko into an error. Tadic picks up the loose ball, and threads it through to Tagliafico, who draws a foul down on the left.
18' You have to wonder how Neres’ absence will impact Ten Hag’s tactics as the game wears on. Ajax have been right at it from the first whistle, but Neres’ pace is a huge asset, and though Tadic has played more often as a winger than a striker during his career, he does not posses the same speed as his Brazilian team-mate. So far, though, he has not been missed.
M. Sissoko
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
16' A hefty challenge by Sissoko, who lunged in late on Tagliafico. There appeared to be little malice in the challenge, but it was somewhat reckless, and the Spurs midfielder rightly receives a booking.
14' Good pressure by Tottenham, as Son looks to link up with Alli, but Schone is on hand to make a crucial tackle. He finds Ziyech, who in turn tries to pick out Dolberg, but the striker can’t get there before Vertonghen does.
12' De Ligt’s header for Ajax was their 150th goal in the Champions League. They are the 16th side to score as many in the competition, and the first Dutch club to reach this total.
10' Moura does well to get away from Blind, and sets Alli away, but his shot is blocked. Spurs quickly win the ball back, however, with Eriksen finding Alli, who shoots wide. It would not have counted anyway, however, given that the offside flag had gone up.
9' Tottenham have responded well to going behind, and Pochettino’s side are starting to get a bit of a foothold on the ball, though the noise from the Ajax faithful is deafening and, spurred on by their fans, Ten Hag’s side press their visitors, forcing it all the way back to Lloris.
8' With his opener, De Ligt has become the fourth teenager to score in a Champions League semi-final.
7' OFF THE POST! Spurs are almost level. An unbelievable start in Amsterdam, as Tottenham race down the other end almost immediately from the restart, with Son sending in a low cross-shot that evades Onana, but fortunately for the hosts, it clips away off the base of the upright.
L. Schöne
Assist
Ajax
6' Spurs’ defending left a lot to be desired, but it was a superb corner by Schone, and an even better header by Ajax’s teenage sensation De Ligt, who had easily escaped Trippier.
M. de Ligt
Goal
Ajax
5' GOAL! AJAX LEAD 1-0! What a header from De Ligt. Ajax’s young captain rose highest to meet Schone’s outswinging corner, and made no mistake with a brilliant header into the bottom-right corner. What a start this is for Ajax!
4' SAVE! What a big stop that is from Lloris! Just like in the first leg, Ajax have started well in top, and after Van de Beek sees an effort blocked, Tadic unleashes a powerful strike from the edge of Spurs’ box. It takes a deflection and is heading for the top-left corner, but Lloris makes a fantastic save to tip it wide.
2' A late change for Ajax has seen Dolberg come in for Neres, who pulled out in the warm up. The Denmark international will start up front, with Tadic moving to the left flank.
1' KICK-OFF! It promises to be a cracker, and the game is up and running in Amsterdam, with Spurs getting proceedings underway.
The teams are about to come out in Amsterdam, where the atmosphere is crackling with anticipation for what should be a cracking contest! A place in the final awaits one of these sides. Stick right here for all the action as it happens!
Some reports had suggested that Harry Kane would be fit enough to take his place on Spurs’ bench today, but that has proved not to be the case. Mauricio Pochettino has made two changes from the defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday, with Wanyama and Vertonghen – who was forced off with a head injury in the first leg, though tests later confirmed the Belgian international did not suffer a concussion – replacing Dier and former Ajax man Davinson Sanchez, who is injured.
TOTTENHAM SUBS: Erik Lamela, Eric Dier, Fernando Llorente, Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga, Ben Davies, Oliver Skipp.
TOTTENHAM (4-3-1-2): Hugo Lloris; Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose; Moussa Sissoko, Victory Wanyama, Christian Eriksen; Dele Alli; Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura.
Huntelaar scored twice in Ajax’s KNVB Beker triumph over Willem II on Sunday, but the experienced striker is one of two players to drop out of Ten Hag’s side, as he makes way for Schone. Rasmus Kristensen got the last goal in the 4-0 win, but the full-back is not even in the squad. Neres, who hit the post in the first leg, was set to come in, but he has pulled out, with Dolberg instead selected, and Mazraoui moving over to full-back.
AJAX SUBS: Joel Veltman, Daley Sinkgraven, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Lisandro Magallan, Bruno Varela, Dani de Wit.
AJAX (4-2-3-1): Andre Onana; Noussair Mazraoui, Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico; Lasse Schone, Frenkie de Jong; Hakim Ziyech, Donny van de Beek, Dusan Tadic; Kasper Dolberg.
Ajax lead 1-0 on aggregate, thanks to Donny van de Beek’s strike in the first leg. Erik ten Hag’s side won the KNVB Beker on Sunday, claiming what they will hope will be the first trophy of a treble. Spurs were fortunate not to go further behind in this tie, with Ajax squandering good chances to further their advantage, but have kept themselves in with a chance heading into this clash at Johan Cruijff ArenA.
We witnessed one of the greatest ever Champions League comebacks on Tuesday, as Liverpool beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to secure a 4-3 aggregate win and progress into the final. Now, it’s down to Ajax and Tottenham to take the other place, and set up what is sure to be an enthralling encounter in Madrid on June 1.
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