Heung-Min Son took a breath. Asked in the tunnel area at the Johan Cruyff ArenA to describe the moment when Lucas Moura sent us into the Champions League Final in the sixth minute of added time against Ajax, you could almost sense him replaying it all again in his mind.
“Describe this moment… to score a hat-trick with this goal, to bring us into the final, I don’t know what to say. We’re in the final but I don’t realise because it was such a crazy game and still… it feels like I’m still in the game. Wow. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Sonny struck the post in the first half but, trailing 1-0 from the first leg, we were left with a mountain to climb after Ajax doubled and then trebled their aggregate advantage by half-time.
Enter Lucas. This was his night. First, a clinical finish from Dele’s assist for 2-1 on the night, 55 minutes on the clock, 1-3 on aggregate. Four minutes later, even better, quick feet working a space that simply didn’t exist to fire home, 2-2, 2-3 on aggregate.
One more goal needed. Jan Vertonghen hit the bar and had a shot cleared off the line, Sonny shot just over but with seconds left, Dele played in Lucas again and he struck low into the corner to clinch his hat-trick and create history – our first appearance in the Champions League Final as we face Liverpool in Madrid on 1 June.
Sonny after the final whistle at the Johan Cruyff ArenA
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“It’s just unbelievable. I still can’t believe it… we’ve done it!” said Sonny, who scored three of our four goals in the quarter-final triumph over City. “The team spirit was unbelievable, especially in the second half.
“I think it’s the best memory and history for myself, for my country, for Tottenham. I have goosebumps all the way down. I’m so grateful for everyone who made it, who gave us this opportunity. What an unbelievable night.”