Ajax 2 Tottenham 3 (3-3 agg, Spurs win on away goals): Lucas treble sends Spurs through

Lucas Moura's incredible second-half hat-trick saw Tottenham snatch a 3-2 win at Ajax and a place in the Champions League final on away goals.

As in last week's semi-final first leg, Erik ten Hag's side were smoothly into their work by the time inspirational captain Matthijs de Ligt headed a fifth-minute opener.

Hakim Ziyech made it 2-0 10 minutes before half-time but, in a season now steeped in implausible Champions League comebacks, Lucas' brace had the game all-square on the night before the hour.

Ziyech hit the post and Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen struck the crossbar before the irrepressible Lucas steered home Dele Alli's pass deep into stoppage time.

It means an all-English final against fellow comeback kings Liverpool in Madrid on June 1 for Mauricio Pochettino's never-say-die team.

De Ligt powered home Lasse Schone's early corner but Spurs' response was initially encouraging, with Son Heung-min almost catching out Andre Onana when he hit the base of the post.

Ajax appeared to have a foot in the final when Donny van de Beek and Dusan Tadic combined in slick fashion on the break, with the latter teeing up Ziyech to finish emphatically.

Onana made a stunning reaction save from Alli eight minutes into the second half but had no chance when Lucas darted beyond Schone's challenge to reduce the arrears.

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (right) celebrates his side's third goal with his players
Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier (left) and Hugo Lloris celebrate after the game
Ajax's Noussair Mazraoui (2nd left) sits dejected after the final whistle
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (centre) celebrates his side's third goal with Ben Davies
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (centre) celebrates his side's third goal with Ben Davies
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (centre) celebrates his side's third goal with Ben Davies
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rues a missed chance for his side
AMSTERDAM , 08-05-2019 , De Marktkantine , Football , Semi final Champions League second leg , season 2018 / 2019. Ajax fans watching the match Ajax vs Tottenham Hotspur on a big screen. (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Tottenham Hotspur player Lucas Moura celebrating his 2-1 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM , 08-05-2019 , De Marktkantine , Football , Semi final Champions League second leg , season 2018 / 2019. Ajax fans watching the match Ajax vs Tottenham Hotspur on a big screen. (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Ajax player Matthijs de Ligt celebrating his 1-0 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Tottenham Hotspur player Fernando Llorette (L) celebrating 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur player Lucas Moura (R) during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Ajax goalkeeper Nicolas Tagliafico dejected after 2-2 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Hakim Ziyech scores 2-0 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Hakim Ziyech scores 2-0 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Hakim Ziyech scores 2-0 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur. Dusan Tadic (R) (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, 08-05-2019 Stadium Johan CruyffArena, Season 2018 / 2019 Champions League semi final second leg. Ajax player Hakim Ziyech celebrating his 2-0 during the game Ajax - Tottenham Hotspur . (Photo by Pro Shots/Sipa USA)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 08: Lasse Schoene of Ajax Amsterdam looks dejected after the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur's Kieran Trippier (left) and Lucas Moura celebrate after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match at Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (right) during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match at Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 08: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris celebrate during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 08: Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur (not pictured) scores his sides third goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 08, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 08: Ben Davies, Fernando Llorente, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Lamela celebrate during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 8, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images)
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrate after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match at Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Fernando Llorente was then thwarted from point-blank range by Onana but, like Hugo Lloris before him, his defence could not bail him out and Lucas showcased brilliant footwork to create space and dispatch a shot in a packed penalty area.

Ziyech was inches away from his second in the 61st minute and the chaotic feel continued as De Ligt denied Lucas a quickfire hat-trick before testing Lloris at the other end.

Moroccan Ziyech hit the upright and tested Lloris one last time either side of Vertonghen heading a set piece against his former club's bar, but it was Lucas who produced the devastating final twist.

What does it mean? Tottenham, Tottenham... no one can stop them?

Spurs thought they were out amid unbelievable drama at Manchester City, only for VAR to deny Raheem Sterling a hat-trick. Since that night of rattling disorientation at the Etihad Stadium, Pochettino's men have lost four of five matches and appeared to be running on empty. Somehow, through force of will and no little talent, they made it. Perhaps Liverpool will start to worry the Londoners' name is on the trophy.

Lucas and Llorente prove unlikely double act

Spurs' Brazilian forward will rightly get the plaudits and all three of his finishes were clinical. But the often-maligned Llorente is also worthy of huge praise after coming on at half-time to disrupt and unsettle the Ajax backline. Harry Kane has his work cut out to get a shirt for the final!

Lasse gets Schone up by Tottenham fightback

The reliable, experienced head in an ebullient, youthful Ajax line-up, the 32-year-old Schone was found badly wanting as Spurs got themselves back into the game. Ten Hag decided to send on Joel Veltman in his place at 2-2 and their earlier fluency never returned.

What's next

Ajax must refocus on a domestic double when they face Utrecht in the Eredivisie on Sunday, when Spurs will be forgiven for being distracted in their final Premier League assignment of 2018-19 at home to Everton.

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