THIS is the heartbreaking second Ajax followers all counted down the ultimate seconds of damage time solely to be silenced by Tottenham’s late winner.
The Dutch giants have been solely denied a spot within the ultimate by Lucas Moura’s dramatic stoppage-time purpose which despatched Mauricio Pochettino’s facet by on away objectives.
Their gamers collapsed on the pitch after the Brazilian’s strike meant they’d come inside touching distance of making historical past and going through Liverpool in Madrid.
However the full pressure of the membership’s collapse was felt by their followers outdoors of the Johan Cruijff ArenA, who have been excitedly counting down the ultimate few seconds of injury-time.
Nonetheless, when Lisandro Magallan’s slip allowed Lucas Moura to pounce and safe an historic comeback, Dutch supporters screamed earlier than immediately falling silent.
Different devastated followers have been holding their arms on their heads because the Spurs squad raced off to have fun, whereas Ajax’s gamers sunk to the bottom in disbelief.
The scenes could not be a starker distinction to these of the away followers, who spilled out into the streets of Amsterdam after organising an all-English ultimate.
Others danced in boozers in North London as they inched nearer to ending their 11-year dry spell whereas Harry Kane and Co jubilantly partied within the dressing-rooms.
An equally-emotional Mauricio Pochettino bowed all the way down to the White Lane devoted after being diminished to tears following the dramatic semi-final encounter.
The Argentine boss, who hinted he might retire if he guides Spurs to Champions League glory, then bought his assistants concerned earlier than the entire squad piled again out.
Ajax, in the meantime, must enter Europe’s top-tier competitors on the qualifying stage subsequent season – regardless of being seconds from reaching this yr’s ultimate.
And if they don’t beat rivals PSV to be topped Eredivisie champions subsequent week, Erik ten Hag’s facet must start their new European marketing campaign in mid-July.
Uefa prepare their tournaments primarily based on the performances of member leagues over a time period, with Holland ranked at a lowly 14th.