Chelsea Moved From Behind To Equalise Ajax 4-1 Lead

Chelsea Moved From Behind To Equalise Ajax 4-1 Lead - Surge Zirc SA
Cesar Azpilicueta netted from close range and thought he had brought home a winner only to be disappointed by VAR / Photo file: BBC

Chelsea disappointed Ajax who held a full control of a tough evening game by leading 4-1 until they ended at a 4-4 draw with the last season semi-finalist ending the match with nine men at Stamford Bridge.

Ajax played on in full confident for victory when Donny van de Beek struck a three-goal lead 10 minutes after the break – but in a very disappointing closing period the Blues worked tirelessly to achieve a perfect recovery as Ajax swam in confusion.

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Few minutes into the match, Tammy Abraham scored a goal that gave Ajax a second-minute lead when he flicked in Quincy Promes’ free-kick, although Chelsea didn’t waste time to shoot-in an equalizer through Jorginho’s penalty after Christian Pulisic was fouled.

Ajax reclaimed the lead when Promes moved in a powerful cross from Hakim Ziyech, whose free-kick from a tight angle which led to the third goal as the ball came back off the post and went in after hitting home keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the face.

Van de Beek thought he world draw the line by finishing off from 12 yards when unmarked, but Cesar Azpilicueta pulled one back for Chelsea from close range.

The entire match changed in the 68th minute following Daley Blind fouling Abraham, referee Gianluca Rocchi allowed play to continue with the ball then hitting Joel Veltman’s arm in the 18-yard box.

Rocchi went back and flashed Blind a second yellow card, with Veltman also sent off seconds later for the handball, before Jorginho again scored from the penalty spot to set up a frantic finale.

Substitute Reece James, 19, pulled Chelsea level and became the club’s youngest Champions League goalscorer with a low strike from a rebound after Kurt Zouma had headed against the bar.

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After leveling up the score, Chelsea headed for a winner with a frantic support and cheer from an impressed crowd, when Azpilicueta sent in what he considered a winner but was immediately corrected by VAR.

Both Chelsea and Ajax had opportunities to score the winner at the dying minutes to wrap up the drama but in the end settled for a 4-4 draw which leaves them level on seven points, along with Valencia who beat Lille 4-1 in Group H.

Sources: BBC, SurgeZirc UK Sport

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