By Philip Shimnom Clement
For the first time in the history of European football, four English teams will be playing in both Champions and Europa league finals.
Earlier in the week, Liverpool overturned a 3:0 deficit to thrash the hitherto hopeful Barcelona 4-Nil at Anfield.
In the similar vein, Tottenham Hotspurs defeated Ajax 3:2 to use away advantage goals to finally nailed down the already believed to have reached the finals, Ajax.
Ajax had earlier beaten Tottenham 1.0 during the first leg semis in London before their hope was dashed away after conceding 3 goals all courtesy of Lucas Moura hat-trick on their own soil.
This means, Liverpool and Tottenham will meet in the finals at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, Spain on June 1, to determine who will lead the Europe for the next football season as the champions of the continent.
Also, in the Europa league, a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and an Alexandre Lacazette strike booked Arsenal’s place in the Europa League final with a 4-2 win at Valencia on Thursday. The scores sealed an emphatic 7-3 aggregate victory for Arsenal.
In the same vein, Eden Hazard hit the winning penalty kick for Chelsea to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday to reach the Europa League final.
The lively semi-final contest had finished 1-1 after the sides had produced the same scoreline in Frankfurt a week earlier.
Chelsea had looked in charge half an hour into the game when Hazard, tipped to leave the club this summer, dodged and shimmied round the Eintracht Frankfurt defence on the left.
Chelsea will now meet fellow Londoners, Arsenal in the final in Baku, Azerbaijan on May 29.