Good luck trying to make sense of another one of those wild Champions League nights. With 55 minutes gone Chelsea, torn apart by the creative brilliance of Hakim Ziyech, were staring humiliation in the face. Donny van de Beek had fired Ajax into a 4-1 lead and at that stage, with the Dutch champions hitting the heights that saw them destroy Real Madrid and Juventus last season, it had become an exercise in damage limitation for Frank Lampard’s young side.
Somehow, though, Stamford Bridge found its voice. There was no booing from Chelsea’s fans, no hint of mutiny. Instead, they remained defiant. They kept urging their team to attack and the game took on a wild dimension when César Azpilicueta hauled Chelsea back into the match in the 62nd minute.
Logic evaporated as anarchy took hold. Callum Hudson-Odoi, on in place of the injured Mason Mount, injected fresh urgency to Chelsea’s attack and Ajax felt their poise draining away, with their loss of control summed up when their centre-backs, Daley Blind and Joël Veltman, were dismissed in the move that allowed Jorginho to score his second penalty.
Chaos reigned as the hosts roared forward. Reece James, a 19-year-old right-back, made it 4-4 with his first goal at this level and Chelsea thought they had won it when Azpilicueta fired home in the 78th minute only for VAR to spot a handball by Tammy Abraham.
Source: The Guardian*