The Wanda Metropolitano stadium, home of Atletico Madrid, will host the Champions League final on the 1st of June. It is set to be an all English affair as Liverpool face off against Tottenham, following their incredible come from behind victories in the semi-finals. Both will go down in history, in what has been the most exciting tournament in Champions league history. Liverpool are proving a popular selection for the title with punters using the Ladbrokes promo code, as they head in as the 19/20 favourite and Tottenham can be supported at 29/10. Here we cover those memorable semi-final nights for each side, as they continue their quest for the Champions league trophy.
Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona – Progressed through 4-3 on aggregate
Anfield has been renowned for an incredible European night and this was yet another of them and even possibly the greatest of all. Liverpool headed into the second leg 3-0 down to a great Barcelona side that included Messi, with no away goal. Many believed they were all but out of the competition, with Barcelona as short as 1/3 for the Champions league trophy. Liverpool were missing star players Firmino and Salah, as they looked to go one better than there final defeat last season at the hands of Real Madrid.
The atmosphere was electric and you can see the early nerves from Barcelona kicking in, as they had thrown a similar lead to Roma last season. Origi got an early goal in the 7th minute, as Liverpool were on the attack from the outset. They continued to cause Barcelona problems but the game stayed at 1-0 going into half time, with Barcelona also creating a few half chances.
In the space of two minutes the game was thrown on its head as substitute Wijnaldum scored a brace including a top corner header. This was the start of a historic night at Anfield as Liverpool continued to pile on the pressure. A clever corner followed from Alexander Arnold in the 79th minute, with Origi getting his second and the fourth for Liverpool. An incredible performance and they now go into the final as the team to beat.
Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona. 😱
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 7, 2019
Ajax 2-3 Tottenham – Progressed through 3-3 (Away goals) on aggregate
Another remarkable Champions league night followed as Tottenham travelled to the exciting young Ajax side, looking to turn around a 1-0 deficit. Ajax have been the rising force this season that included their impressive victory in knocking out the defending champions Real Madrid. Ajax made another strong start to the game as captain de Ligt scored a header in the fifth minute, to take them 2-0 up on aggregate.
Ajax continued to create chances before they took a 2-0 lead on the night and 3-0 in aggregate, as Hakim Ziyech fired in a shot in the 35th minute. Tottenham now had a mountain to climb and 45 minutes to save their Champions league aspirations. Up step Lucas Moura, who will now go down as a Tottenham legend following his performance in the next 45 minutes.
Ajax continued to create chances that included hitting the post in the second half in what started to become a frustrating night for the side. Moura scored two goals in the space of four minutes between the 55th and 59th minute to pile on the pressure on Ajax. They couldn’t surely? It appeared that would be the end as the game moved into the last seconds. Tottenham then created one last attack as Moura got onto the end of a cross and fired into the corner, winning the game in the 96th minute. Incredible scenes of celebration followed for the side, who now go into the final with Liverpool. Ajax will feel very hard done to as they were the better side over the two legs.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 8, 2019