Ajax vs. Chelsea on Tuesday is what you would call an instant classic. The two met at Stamford Bridge on Matchday 4 of the Champions League, and the game didn't disappoint. The sides drew, 4-4, but that was after Ajax took what looked like a commanding 4-1 lead in the second half. The Dutch side saw that lead erased after two players earned red cards within seconds of each other.
The point puts them both on seven atop Group H, joined by Valencia which has the same amount. That means the three top teams in the group are all tied with two games left before the knockout stage.
This one started frantically with two goals in the opening four minutes -- it was a sign of things to come. Ajax went ahead on an own goal two minutes in, and Chelsea drew level just four minutes later thanks to a penalty-kick goal from Jorginho.
Then it was Ajax that turned it on, scoring three unanswered goals in a 35-minutes stretch. Quincy Promes made it 2-1 20 minutes in with a fine header, and then Hakim Ziyech made it 3-1 in the 35th minute on effort that was officially registered as an owl goal for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Ziyech sent in a set-piece cross to the far post, the ball hit the post and then smacked Kepa in the face before going in. Take a look:
Then it was Donny van de Beek's low finish early in the second half that made it 4-1. The goal looked to have finished Chelsea's night. But the Blues were not done. Cesar Azpilicueta scored in the 63rd minute, and then Ajax got two red cards on the same play as Daley Blind and Joel Veltman were sent off. The second red resulted in a penalty kick that Jorginho put away, making it 4-3:
Then it was this effort from Reece James that made it 4-4 in the 74th minute.
The craziness wasn't over from there though. Chelsea had a goal from Azpilicueta called off due to handball, the ref only gave four minutes of added time when something closer to eight seemed more realistic, and Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana came up with this absolutely incredible save on Michy Batshuayi:
And with that, a crazy point for each. This match featured 31 shots, a ball to the face, eight goals, two penalties and pretty much everything a neutral fan would want. It also sets up a massive match for Chelsea at Valencia later this month on Nov. 27, while Ajax heads to Lille on the same day.
Six points are left for all the teams with just two spots up for grabs in the round of 16.
Chelsea 4-4 Ajax (FT)
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