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Champions League moments - Lucas Moura

Sun 26 May 2019, 10:32|Tottenham Hotspur

Lucas Moura has stamped his name in Spurs history. His dramatic, late goal to complete his hat-trick at Ajax and send us through to the Champions League Final is a moment fans will talk about for generations to come.

But before Amsterdam, there was Barcelona.

Before the Johan Cruyff ArenA, the Nou Camp. And without another late strike from the Brazilian, there would be no Ajax... or Madrid.

It was so special. It was emotional for me. We could celebrate. It was such a good feeling.

Lucas Moura

Champions League moments - Lucas Moura

Barcelona 1-1 Spurs - MD6 - Nou Camp - 11 December

By Matchday Six of the group stage, we’d hauled ourselves up off the floor and given ourselves a chance of the reaching the knockout stages. Back-to-back late wins against PSV and Inter meant we had a chance. Now we needed a positive result at Barca and hope the outcome of Inter-PSV went our way.

It was another amazing night.

Ousmane Dembele struck early for Barca but slowly, surely, we got a foothold in the game. Chances came and went. Jasper Cillessen was inspired in the home goal and all the time, the threat was there from the Catalans. Philippe Coutinho struck the post twice. We couldn’t afford to concede again.

Then, with five minutes left, Erik Lamela fed Harry Kane and he drilled in low for Lucas to convert from six yards. News from Milan was positive - Inter were still being held by PSV. A draw was good enough. Do we go for the win? Danny Rose fired over. Nerves were shredded again. We finished 1-1 and then, after a short but agonising wait, our fans started celebrating. Inter had been held - we were through.

“This game was special,” said Lucas. “It was a very, very difficult game against Barcelona. We didn’t know what was happening between Inter and PSV. When I scored I didn’t know if I could celebrate or not!

“After the goal we tried to score another. We didn’t know what was happening to Inter. It’s strange. You don’t know if you celebrate. Do you wait? We didn’t know what to do. Then Toby came to me and said ‘yes, Inter draw’ and that we had qualified.

“After the game, I knew this goal had put us into the knockout stage of the Champions League. It was emotional for me. We could celebrate. It was such a good feeling.

“Everyone worked so hard, everyone deserved the moment. At the beginning it was so difficult, we lost the first game, lost the second, drew the third, so difficult. We got the qualification in the last game against Barca in Camp Nou. It was so special.”