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Lucas Moura’s Champions League semi-final hat-trick granted him entry to a strictly elite club

The Brazilian inspired Spurs most famous night, now he's rubbing shoulders with the greats

Who would have thought that the first statue outside Spurs’ new stadium would be of Lucas Moura?

Nothing has been decided yet but if there isn’t a bronze bust of the little Brazilian who scored a hat-trick in a Champions League semi-final to complete the most remarkable comeback in the club’s history then something isn’t right.

Don’t be shocked if in 30 years every man you meet around the Tottenham area is called Lucas either.

Pure elation

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Pure elation

After Matthis De Ligt made it 2-0 to Ajax on aggregate after five minutes and Hakim Ziyech added a third before half-time, Spurs fans could be forgiven for turning the TV off despite what we witnessed at Anfield just 24 hours before.

In normal times a side as classy as Ajax would stroll through to 90 minutes with a comfortable lead and start booking flights to Madrid.

But this season’s Champions League has been anything but normal, and Moura was the man who almost single-handedly ressurected Spurs, dragged them level, then struck the killer blow with the clock ticking past 95 minutes.

At 2-0 down on the night Spurs were dead and buried and with a lengthening injury list too. The Ajax Arena rocked to the howls of the supporters but no one in red and white had accounted for Moura’s brilliance.

He put the after jets on for his first goal to burst onto Dele Alli’s heavy touch before show incredible composure to slot it past Andre Onana.

The second was an equally impressive demonstration of close control in the area before curling the ball into the corner with his wrong foot and the third was the stuff of pure dreams.

His 90+6 winner is the latest winning goal in the history of the European Cup.

The Ajax faces say it all

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The Ajax faces say it all

In scoring a hat-trick in a Champions League semi-final Moura joined a VERY elite club.

According to Opta the PSG reject became only the fifth different player to score a hat-trick in the last four of Europe’s greatest competition.

Alessandro Del Piero, Ivica Olic, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only players who have managed it before… @LionelMessi.

When GOATs cry

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When GOATs cry

Moura’s antics also completed a brilliant redemptive arc from his torrid time at PSG.

He was left to rot on the bench in Paris before being hastily replaced in the team with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe with the sole purpose of bringing the Champions League trophy to the Parc des Princes.

Now Moura has reached more Champions League finals than PSG have in their history and scored more goals in semi-finals than the French club has ever managed.

Let’s all just sit back and appreciate the glory that football has served up this week.

From Liverpool’s groundshaking 4-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday to Moura’s hat-trick heroics in Amsterdam we have been treated to football Nirvana this week.

Bravo.


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