Lucas hat-trick takes Tottenham to Champions League final and breaks Ajax heartsAmsterdam, Netherlands | AFP | Lucas Moura’s last-gasp strike took Tottenham Hotspur to the Champions League final for the first time in their history on Wednesday, completing his hat-trick and sealing an incredible 3-2 win over Ajax to leave the Dutch side heartbroken.Ajax’s improbable European run seemed set to go on all the way to the final as they led 3-2 on aggregate deep in stoppage time in the second leg of the semi-final at the Johan Cruyff Arena.That was when the ball broke to Lucas in the box and the Brazilian sent a low shot beyond the despairing dive of Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana to seal their comeback, making it 3-2 to them on the night, 3-3 on aggregate, and taking Mauricio Pochettino’s men through on away goals.The Ajax players slumped to the turf, their fans stunned, as they go out and Spurs advance to face fellow comeback kings Liverpool in an all-English final in Madrid on June 1.Leading 1-0 after the first leg, the thrilling young Dutch side appeared to have killed the tie after captain Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech both scored in the first half here.That left Tottenham needing a comeback to match that of Liverpool against Barcelona the previous night, but in an even shorter amount of time.A quickfire brace by Lucas early in the second half gave them something to cling to, before he struck the decisive blow, denying Ajax a first final since 1996.Erik ten Hag’s team, who had already eliminated the holders, Real Madrid, and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus this season, were applauded by their devastated fans at full-time and must now somehow lift themselves to try to win the Dutch title.They had been dealt a blow just minutes before kick-off when Brazilian winger David Neres pulled out of their starting line-up after the warm-up, his place taken by the young Dane, Kasper Dolberg.Down and out. Ajax players react after the final goal. PHOTO AFP– Whirlwind start –That last-minute switch did not perturb the Dutch club, though. Far from it. Dusan Tadic moved to the left wing, and Ajax set about tearing into their opponents right from the off, just as they had done in the first leg.They won a corner after Hugo Lloris had stretched to his left to beat away a Tadic shot, and from the delivery that followed from Lasse Schoene, De Ligt rose to head home a fifth-minute opener.Spurs — without Harry Kane but with Son Heung-min back after missing the first leg due to suspension — did threaten an immediate reply as a Son cross hit the near post, but Ajax escaped and came again, a Tadic shot that fizzed just past the far post acting as a prelude for what was to follow in the 35th minute.This time Tadic, the former Southampton player, cut the ball back for Ziyech, whose first-time shot on his left foot flew into the far corner from a difficult angle. It was a wonderful goal, and it had surely killed the tie.The Spurs fans were understandably subdued, and they would not have harboured too much hope in Fernando Llorente as the big striker replaced Victor Wanyama for the second half.Yet the way Pochettino’s side came back out after half-time echoed what Liverpool had done at Anfield 24 hours earlier.They scored their first in the 55th minute, Lucas combining with Alli and slotting low past Onana.Four minutes after that Onana made an improbable save from Llorente’s effort inside the six-yard box, but the ball came back to Lucas and the Brazilian turned and managed to find a corner.He wheeled away in celebration, all too aware that Tottenham were now just one goal away from completing the turnaround.With such tension, Ajax no longer appeared so liberated, but Ziyech twice nearly scored again, grazing the post with a first-time shot and then hitting the same upright in the 79th minute.Jan Vertonghen hit the bar at the other end, but just when it looked like Ajax would hang on, Lucas delivered the killer blow.STARTING LINE UPSAjax (4-3-3)Andre Onana; Noussair Mazraoui, Matthijs de Ligt (capt), Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico; Lasse Schoene, Donny van de Beek, Frenkie de Jong; Hakim Ziyech, Kasper Dolberg, Dusan TadicCoach: Erik ten Hag (NED)Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1)Hugo Lloris (capt); Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko; Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura; Son Heung-minCoach: Mauricio Pochettino (ARG)Share on: WhatsApp
August 12, 2020
A car was hit by a Brightline train in Pompano Beach Saturday at around 8 a.m.Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to the scene right away. The man in the vehicle was rushed to the hospital, reports say.Officials are still investigating the incident.850 WFTL will keep you updated as the story develops.
August 12, 2020
President Donald Trump is expected to attend the Daytona 500 on Sunday. The White House is yet to confirm, but the Daytona Beach International Airport said additional security measures would be in place at the airport due to the president’s visit Sunday.The U.S. Secret Service also sent out a tweet that they are securing Daytona International Speedway by providing a 30-mile “no drone zone.”
August 12, 2020
RONNIE WILKINS (21) Brashear makes an interception in front of Allderdice’s Joe Graham.The Allderdice Dragons entered Cupples Stadium on Saturday ranked as one of the top 15 teams in the state, but could not overcome a 47-year curse that dates back to 1967.2014 CITY LEAGUE CHAMPS—The Brashear Bulls celebrate with the championship trophy after they defeated Allderdice 42-14 to win the City League Championship. (Photos by William McBride)The heavily favored Dragons (8-2) faced the Brashear Bulls (6-3) one day after Halloween and awoke their demons of championship games past. Cupples Stadium is turning into the “Haunted House” for coach Jerry Haslett and the fireless Dragons.KHALIL SANDERS (8) Brashear, eludes Dom Balsamo (10) of Allderdice, Sanders scored on two long touchdown runs to lead the Bulls to victory.Allderdice, looking for its first City League title since 1967 and losers in the title game the last 3 out of 4 years, once again couldn’t pull it out.The Bulls took control of the game early and inflicted the “Mercy Rule” late as they kicked the Dragons to the curb 42-14.The Bulls took advantage of four Dragons turnovers, leading to a 35-0 nightmare for Allderdice and Brashear’s first City title since 2008 and their 10th overall in the school’s 39-year history.
August 5, 2020
Image Courtesy: Reuters/BCCIAdvertisement 8lgalztNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsnmfWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ems8er( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1y3c6Would you ever consider trying this?😱2bys0sCan your students do this? 🌚afkkzoRoller skating! Powered by Firework Day 2 of the first Test between New Zealand and India is over, and at stumps, the hosts have taken the lead by 51 runs. Following a disappointing batting performance on Day 1 yesterday, India are now training behind. Taking the lead in the 52nd over, New Zealand are now on a score of 216 from 5 wickets at Basin Reserve cricket ground. Althogh, Ishant Sharma has impressed with picking up three wickets.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/BCCIWhile the Kiwis opening duo Tom Lathan and Tom Blundell didn’t have much to offer, the skipper Kane Williamson laid down a brilliant innings. The 29 year old scored 89, with eleven boundaries, until losing his wicket against Mohammed Shami in the 63rd over.The swashbuckling veteran Ross Taylor stayed off till his impressive 44, and knocked off six boundaries and one over boundary. Black Caps wicket keeper BJ Watling and superstar all rounder Colin de Grandhomme are currently on the strike at the end of Day 2.Advertisement Despite a poor batting performance yesterday, the Men in Blue have made an effort to redeem themselves today with a stunning spell from Ishant Sharma. The 31 year old veteran pacer, who had just returned from an injury, secured three wickets in today’s match.Picking up the opening duo and also the blistering Taylor in the 52nd over, Sharma put up an amazing economy rate of just 2.07 from bowling 15 full overs, shelling out a tight 31 runs.Advertisement Despite sustaining a ligament injury last month, Sharma lead the Indian bowling squad with grace. “Yes, if it’s possible to play, I will play but if it’s not, there’s hardly anything that I could have done,” he told reporters after the day’s play.While Shami and Ashwin each secured one, the latter sending Henry Nicholls back to the pavilion, it was a dry day from the iconic Jasprit Bumrah. Following a lacklustre ODI series, the 26 year old is now on five consecutive international matches without a wicket.However, Sharma’s words reflected total confidence on his teammate: “I don’t think anyone doubts Boom’s ability. Since his debut, what he has achieved for India, I don’t think anyone should raise any questions.”Bowling 18 full overs and the first ball of his 19th over, Bumrah gave out 62 runs.Also read-India VS New Zealand Day 1: Rain interrupts third session, top order fails for IndiaFour Indian cricketers have been touted to be part of Asia XI vs World XI T20s! Advertisement