3 comebacks by underdogs that inspired Tottenham Hotspur against Ajax
Ajax came into this match with a 1-0 lead from the first leg. Erik Ten Hag’s men got off to a flying start at The Johan Cruyff Arena when De Ligt gave them a lead as early as the 5th minute. Hakim Ziyech doubled their lead in the 35th minute as Ajax were looking to cruise into the finals after over two decades.
Time was against Mauricio Pochettino’s men as they had to score three goals in a span of 45 minutes. With a robust Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente up front, Pochettino decided to switch to long balls. Spurs were not in a mood to give up as Alli sprinted his heart out on the counter before placing it for Moura who made it 2-1. Four minutes later, Onana saved a brilliant shot from Llorente, but Ajax failed to clear the lines as Lucas Moura latched onto the loose ball to make it 2-2.
Ziyech and Vertonghen had hit the post for the hosts and the visitors respectively but the drama unfolded in the 96th minute. A long ball from the defence was put down by Son into Alli’s path who stroke it forward and Moura kept his nerve to complete his hat-trick as Spurs completed the comeback.
It is clear that even after losing the first leg at home, Tottenham believed that they can come back to win the tie. They must have got inspiration from the comebacks in the recent UCL history. Let us take a look at 3 comebacks that inspired Tottenham Hotspur against Ajax Amsterdam.
#3 Manchester United vs. PSG:
When PSG were drawn against Manchester United, even the most optimistic fan could not think that a broken Manchester United would beat the likes of Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria. After a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Parisian Giants at Old Trafford, Solksjaer admitted that he had a mountain to climb but it was not impossible.
Fast forward two weeks, Manchester United came out inspired as they believed that they can beat PSG. The final score at Parc De Princes stood at 3-1 as Manchester United had done the impossible.
A comeback for a team without Martial, Lingard, Pogba in the heart of Paris was deemed as an impossible task by football pundits but Solksjaer and his boys kept their nerves strong to see it through. In a rainy night, Lukaku combined with Rashford brilliantly to take the early lead after Juan Bernat made it level within 12 minutes.
A howler by Buffon saw the Red Devils lead by 2-1 as Lukaku scored his and his team’s second. It was a close match but a handball by Kimpembe gave a penalty to the visitors. Marcus Rashford made no mistake to make it 3-1 and lift Manchester United to the quarters.