Tuesday 19 November 2019

Ajax and Chelsea draw in bizarre match that leaves Ajax down to nine men

Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal was over-ruled by the VAR. Photo: Paul Terry /PA Photos / HH

Amsterdam football club Ajax gave away a 1-4 lead to escape with a draw in a bizarre evening’s football in London that saw the Amsterdammers go down to nine men.

Both Daley Blind and Joel Veltman were sent off, leaving Ajax with nine men for the final 20 minutes of play and the score at 3-4 after a penalty. But the Amsterdammers’ hung on in what commentators said was an ‘ an astonishing night of Champions League football.’

Match report

The Telegraaf called the game ‘insane’ while the Volkskrant described it as ‘total football madness’ while the English papers praised Chelsea’s come-back.

The result means Ajax, Chelsea and Valcencia are all level pegging on seven points in Group H with two matches left to play. Next up for Ajax is an away game at bottom of the group Lille on November 27.

‘I can’t explain the game. For all the things we might analyse back, the madness of the game, we are here for entertainment I suppose and anyone who watched that has to say what a game of football. Respect to Ajax, what a spectacle,’ Chelsea manager Frank Lampard told the Uefa website after the game.

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