Chelsea fight back from 4-1 to earn a 4-4 draw against nine-man Ajax at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea fought back from 4-1 down before the hour mark to earn a 4-4 draw against nine-man Ajax at Stamford Bridge, with both teams left with work to do to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Chelsea seemed set for a second straight home loss in the Champions league as first-half own-goals from striker Tammy Abraham, and keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, as well as Quincy Promes’ header to put the home side 3-1 behind in the first half.
Ten minutes into the second half, an excellent finish from Donny Van der Beek handed the visitors a 4-1 lead.
However, skipper Cesar Azpilicueta scored a goal in the 63rd minute to reduce the deficit to 4-2, giving Chelsea hope of revival.
The Dutch champions were reduced to nine men by second yellow cards in the 68th and 69th minute for Daley Blind and Joel Veltman, respectively, in the move that led to the Blues being awarded their second penalty of the night.
Jorginho had earlier levelled for Chelsea to make the scoreline 1-1 from the spot and converted once more.
Substitute Reece James then levelled for the Blues 3 minutes after, but VAR denied Chelsea a victory when Azpilicueta’s strike was cancelled for a handball by Abraham in the process.
Callum Hudson-Odoi fired inches wide before Onana made an impressive save to deny Michy Batshuayi the winning in a frantic finale.
Both sides are now locked on seven points at the top of Group H with Valencia, who beat Lille 4-1 in Spain.
Chelsea had won their last seven Premier League, and Champions League matches with Lampard’s young side earning praises for their attacking intent.
The ex-England international hailed his side’s 1-0 victory in Amsterdam two weeks ago as the best of his Chelsea reign to date for the way they added a defensive resolve to their attacking energy.

Author: Cossy

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