Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with home side Valencia last night means that their chances of securing a spot in the final 16 knock out stage now lies on the outcome of their qualifier match against Lille.
Home team Valencia had the opportunity to secure an early lead in the game however forward Maxi Gomez was unable to take full advantage of two opportunities that came his way in the first half.
Valencia were finally able to take the lead when Carlos Soler scored the opening goal of the match in the 40th minute of the game. Chelsea immediately made a come back two minutes later with an equalizing goal from Mateo Kovacic sending both teams into the half time break level at 1-1.
Drama unfolded 5 minutes into the second half as a goal from Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic was flagged as off-side. Chelsea contested the decision forcing the referee to consult with the VAR leading to the goal being given to the visiting team.
Chelsea now looked set to secure their spot inn the final 16 as they now lead the home side 1-2.
Valencia were then handed an opportunity to equalize the game as they were awarded a penalty. However Valencia’s Dani Parejo was unable to fully utilize this golden opportunity to equalize the game as his penalty kick was fended off by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga Revuelta.
Chelsea’s luck finally ran out with 8 minutes remaining in the game as Valencia’s Dane Wass was able to put away the equalizing goal for his team in the 82nd minute of play. Chelsea and Valencia both continued to fight to the bitter end with Kurt Zouma having his header cleared right off the line of the Valencia goal and Valencia missing a golden opportunity to take the lead 6 minutes into extra time.
The nail biting game finished with the teams level at 2-2 as Chelsea drop to 3rd place in the group H table level with Valencia.