Last minute goal costs Ajax Champions League final place

Liverpool welcome Barcelona to Anfield needing a miracle to reach the final of the Champions League

Liverpool welcome Barcelona to Anfield needing a miracle to reach the final of the Champions League Credit ACTION IMAGES

Just 24 hours before, Liverpool had overturned a 3-0 deficit of their own with a 4-0 win over Barcelona at Anfield but ex-Tottenham captain Mabbutt reckons Spurs' night was an even bigger one.

Ajax picked the worst possible time for an unlikely collapse - the defeat was their first ever Champions League loss in 56 games when scoring first (won 45, drew 10).

Seated alongside fellow absentee Davinson Sanchez, the striker now faces a race to be fit for the showpiece in Madrid on June 1. It's just a relief and it's something we can enjoy.

Beyond silverware, a place in the Champions League final guarantees a sizeable payout for both sides, and particularly Liverpool.

Bob Paisley instructed his players to stay standing ahead of extra time to show Spurs that they were not exhausted and the Reds' stamina told with Whelan scoring again and Ian Rush also pouncing.

Spurs have had a torrid time in the league over recent weeks in Kane's absence, but Fernando Llorente's ability to hold-up the ball under severe defensive pressure was clearly evident against an Ajax team with one of Europe's finest young defenders in Matthijs de Ligt. We had to wait to get the third in the last minute and we found a way.

"They have it [the Premier League title] in their hands".

Lucas Moura is the fifth player to score a hat trick in a Champions League semi-final following the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Ivica Olic, and Alessandro del Piero.

"We are here to win and this is what we want to do, so we are doing everything in our hands to improve and hopefully the results will come".

"It was fantastic support; I think we had 2,000 tickets and about 10,000 Spurs fans travelled over to be there for the occasion".

"Tottenham and Arsenal. since I was a kid, has always been a team that I have struggled with".

"This is a challenge we have to deal with as a group of staff", he said.

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