Eight goals, two red cards, two penalties, two own goals, a crucial video assistant referee intervention and both sides refusing to settle for a draw – the Champions League delivered another epic evening at Stamford Bridge.
‘There are not too many I can compare it to from my day’
You know the drill, go down to nine men and park the bus. But not Ajax, who had more shots on target when two men down than at 11 v 11.
Mind you, Chelsea had 21 efforts in the second half, and even mustered five in between Mazraoui’s late effort and the final whistle.
In the end, James’ low shot pulled the scores level, ensuring the Blues became the first English team since Liverpool in the 2005 final in Istanbul to come back from three goals down to draw in the Champions League. The Reds then won on penalties, of course.
Chelsea could – maybe should – have won it, but Azpilicueta’s excellent finish was ruled out for handball against Abraham after referee Rocchi consulted the video assistant referee monitor.
“I had some mad nights over the years and some great nights, but it’s certainly right up there,” Lampard said afterwards.
“There are not too many I can compare it to from my day – with the VAR, which is a new animal, and the red cards.
“We need to tighten up for sure, but with that spirit we can go places.
“You need characters, you need personalities. It would be easy to turn it in at 3-1, or 4-1, but we didn’t.”
How you reacted on #bbcfootball
Hugo Flaxman: This. Game. Has. Everything.
Rachel T: Ajax + London = MADNESS
Daniel Booker: Best game I have EVER seen.
Dr David: I joked that I should make football predictions on the role of dice and that my prediction for Chelsea v Ajax would be 6-6. Not so funny now…
Henry: I should have stayed at the office and watched the second half….COME ON CHELSEA!