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Christian Eriksen calls for Lucas Moura statue after Spurs heroics

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Hat-trick hero Lucas Moura should get a statue in England after firing Tottenham into the Champions League final, says Christian Eriksen.

Danish playmaker Eriksen returned to old club Ajax on Wednesday night hoping to help Spurs overcome a 1-0 aggregate deficit in their semi-final tie.

Instead, Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech’s first-half goals put Ajax two goals up in the second leg to hand them a 3-0 aggregate lead.

But Lucas Moura restored the hope of a comeback for Spurs by scoring twice inside space of just four minutes. It meant the Lilywhites were just a goal away from booking a spot in June’s final in Madrid.

And the Brazilian winger struck again to complete his hat-trick with a dramatic 96th-minute winner to secure Spurs a 3-2 second leg win and a place in the final on away goals after finishing 3-3 on aggregate with Ajax.

“Today was about heart, performance and Lucas Moura,” Eriksen told BT Sport.

“He’s how we won the game, he deserves it, after a rollercoaster of a season, for him to get us in the final.

“I hope he gets a statue in England after this. We are blown away, no real words for it.”

The 27-year-old admitted Spurs had to throw their game plan aside and rely on grit and heart alone after falling 3-0 down on aggregate to Ajax.

“It was a non-tactical performance, it was more of a fight, more of a heart performance, and that’s how we won it,” said Eriksen.

“It was a ridiculous game. We were really far down, we tried to fight back and we’re just lucky. I feel sorry for Ajax, they played a very good game against us.

“In the end, we’re just lucky we scored. It’s a relief, because we’ve been fighting for this and I think it’s a dream for everyone to be in the Champions League final.”

“We weren’t able to look ourselves in the mirror if we (were to) go down three or four nil today – we had to fight back, there was no other option.”

Eriksen started out his senior playing career at Ajax, where he made 162 appearances and won three Eredivisie titles during a five-year spell in Amsterdam.

“We were just lucky,” he said. “I feel sorry for Ajax, they played a very good game against us.

“But we have been fighting for this, it is a dream to be in the final.”

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MAY 08: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates victory after the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena on May 08, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images )