Stamford Bridge, which played host to a total of 22 fouls, 2 red cards, 8 goals ,and a team chopped down to 9 men in the race for the Championship title, Frank Lampard‘s team may be looking for another title…. ‘The Comeback Kings’
Chelsea made an astonishing comeback last night as they managed to end their game with Ajax with a 4-4 draw.
The home team began the match by conceding a goal in the back of their own net thanks to a deflection off Tommy Abraham within the first 2 minutes of the opening whistle. Chelsea immediately took to task with a counter attack in the 3rd minute of the game leading to a penalty that was nicely put away by Jorginho bringing the score back to an even 1-1 draw. This early match action was just an preview of the action and drama that was later to unfold.
Ajax not being deterred by this once again took the lead with a header from Quincy Promes in the 20th minute putting the visitors once again in the lead. Then an own goal by Chelsea’s keeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga put the visiting team into a comfortable lead for the rest of the first half.
Ajax started the second half very strong with Donny van de Beek scoring their 4th goal of the match, putting them 3 goals ahead of Chelsea and which seemed to cement what looked like an all out victory for the visiting team.
César Azpilicueta managed to reduce the damage for the home team by finding the back of the net in the 63rd minute bring the score line to 4-2. Then came a 60 second stretch of play that resulted in referee Gianluca Rocchi making two decisions that brought an end to Ajax’s hopes of walking away with a much expected victory , and may also have given the Blue’s the much needed boost of confidence they needed, as he delivered 2 major blows to Ajax in the form of red cards to both Daley Blind for a foul and Joël Veltman for a handball all within the same stretch of play.
Chelsea wasted no time in taking advantage of the devastated 9 man Ajax squad with Jorginho putting away the penalty given as a result of the unfolding drama. This was followed only 3 minutes later by another goal by Reece James bringing Chelsea back to a 4-4 draw in what can only be described as one of the most dramatic unexpected come backs of the season thus far.
As the final whistle blew, and the applause from Chelsea’s die hard fans echoed throughout Stamford bridge, whether by sheer luck or the grace of the football Gods, Chelsea managed to walk away with a 4-4 draw against a resilient Ajax.
One thing for sure, no matter the outcome of the Championship race, Chelsea may have already won themselves one prestigious title in this tournament…. THE COMEBACK KINGS