Chelsea stage incredible comeback to draw 4-4 with Ajax in Champions League thriller


It was Jorginho, and it was Super Frank. The names of Chelsea heroes, new and old, bellowed around Stamford Bridge. 

The Blues completed a staggering comeback from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 with Ajax in the Champions League group stages. 

Two red cards, nine goals - this was a game that had just about everything. 

Despite the away end being empty, it was all played out in front of the most exhilarating atmosphere of Lampard's tenure so far.

The Dutch champions took the lead inside two minutes thanks to a Tammy Abraham own goal, but it was cancelled out another couple of minutes later by Jorginho's penalty. 

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Quincy Promes put Ajax back in front and Hakim Ziyech looked to have put the game beyond doubt with a free-kick from an incredibly difficult angle. 

The ball had bounced off Kepa Arrizabalaga's face on the way in, though it was a fine set-piece nevertheless. 

Within 10 minutes of the second half, Donny van de Beek had made it 4-1. For all their principles and some impressive, free-flowing football of their own, Chelsea were in danger of being taught a lesson by some of the finest scholars around. 


The bravery Lampard has instilled was on display, however, as Cesar Azpilicueta - more on him later - finished from close range to get them back into it.

Then came arguably the most extraordinary three minutes of the European season so far. 

Ajax had both their centre-backs, Daley Blind and Joel Veltman, sent off and a penalty given against them for a handball. 

Jorginho converted his second of the night and within minutes, 19-year-old Reece James had nabbed an equaliser.

Azpilicueta then sparked fantastic scenes with what he thought was the winner, before it was disallowed. 

And breathe. What an utterly crazy, mind-boggling 90 minutes. 

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