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Chelsea 4-4 Ajax: Frank Lampard says Champions League game ‘right up there’

Goal at Chelsea v Ajax in the Champions League
Chelsea are the third English side in Champions League history to come from three goals behind to avoid defeat and the first since Liverpool in the 2005 final (3-3 v AC Milan)

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’

Champions League Group H table: 1st Ajax, 2nd Chelsea, 3rd Valencia, 4th Lille
Ajax top the group as they have the best head-to-head-to-head record between the three sides

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.”

Gary Lineker

@GaryLineker

Incredible game. Love football.

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Dan Walker

@mrdanwalker

Don’t you just love football? Well played Chelsea👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Ajax were still going for it with 9 men!

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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!

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