Origi sends powerful message to Wanyama after qualifying for the Champions League final

By Waweru Titus: Thursday, May 9th 2019 at 12:27 GMT +3 | Football
Ajax's Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek (L) vies with Tottenham's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena, in Amsterdam, on May 8, 2019. [AFP]

Victor Wanyama’s Tottenham shocked the world on Wednesday night after producing the second English Champions League "miracle" within 24 hours to set up a final against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

Lucas Moura's stunning hat trick took Spurs to the final for the first time in their history and sealed an incredible 3-2 win over Ajax in Netherlands.

Former Harambee Stars goalkeeper Arnold Origi joined millions of fans who lauded Wanyama and Tottenham for the unbelievable comeback.  

“Yeees captain, see you in Madrid,” Origi posted the message on his Instagram story.

An injured but elated Wanyama stormed the pitch after the electrifying match and jubilated with his colleagues and Mauricio Pochettino.

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“We did it unbelievable...,” Wanyama posted on his Instagram account.

It will be an all-English final against fellow comeback kings Liverpool at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid on June 1 for Mauricio Pochettino's never-say-die team.

Arnold Origi joined Finnish side Helsingin Idrottsföreningen Kamraterna (HIFK) in March this year from Norwegian club, Kongsvinger.

Arnold Origi [Courtesy]

Key facts according to Opta

- Spurs are only the second team in Champions League history to lose the first leg of the semi-final at home and progress to the final – the other was Ajax in 1995-96 against Panathinaikos.

- The 2019 Champions League final will be only the third major European final in history to feature two English teams, after the 1972 UEFA Cup final (Spurs vs Wolves) and 2008 Champions League final (Man Utd vs Chelsea).

- Two of the six occasions in Champions League history of a side losing the first leg of the semi-final and progressing have been Liverpool and Spurs this season.

- Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt became the fourth teenager to score in a Champions League semi-final, after Nordin Wooter (1996, Ajax), Obafemi Martins (2003, Inter Milan) and Kylian Mbappé (2017, Monaco).

- English teams have come from two or more goals behind to win on seven occasions in Champions League history – four more than clubs of any other nation. Indeed, four of the last five occasions have been English teams.

- Spurs will be the eighth different English team to feature in a European Cup/Champions League final, after Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leeds United, Liverpool, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest; England have had more different teams in the final of the competition than any other nation.

- Ajax’s Dusan Tadic has been involved in 55 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions this season (34 goals, 21 assists).

- Spurs were the first team to come two goals behind to win in a Champions League semi-final since Manchester United in 1999 against Juventus.

- Ajax have won none of their last eight home Champions League knockout matches (W0 D4 L4), a run stretching back to 1996.

- Spurs’ Lucas Moura is only the fifth player to score a Champions League semi-final hat-trick, and first since Cristiano Ronaldo in May 2017 for Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid.

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