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Eight goals, own goals, and red cards – Chelsea 4- 4 Ajax

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Card happy refereeing and a Kepa Arrizabalaga hilarious if not unfortunate own goal in the 4-4 draw against Ajax.

There was plenty of action, plenty of controversy and plenty of goals in the UEFA Champions League game between Chelsea and Ajax at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea was awarded two penalties and scored two own goals. While Ajax had two players sent off.

In fact, Chelsea went 0-1 down after a second-minute own goal from Abraham.

They pulled level only two minutes later after being awarded a penalty for a foul on Pulisic.

Ajax’s Quincy Promes scored the first of three more unanswered Ajax goals.

Promes made it 2-1.

Then Kepa’s hilarious own goal made it 3-1, as his outstretched hand appeared to have Hakim Ziyech’s freekick covered.

As it cannoned off the post, it smacked the Spaniard square in the face, and the next time he saw the ball it was in the back of the net.


Ten minutes after the restart, Ziyech got his third assist of the night, as he set up Donny van de Beek.

Chelsea 1 – 4 Ajax and only 55 minutes played.

Surely it was all over. Well if it was someone forgot to tell Frank Lampard’s men.

Tammy Abraham went some way to making amends for his earlier own goal, by setting up Azpilicueta to make it 2-4.

Then only five minutes later, one minute of refereeing madness ensued.

The Dutch champions saw both their center-backs receive second yellow cards and were subsequently dismissed within one minute of each other.

Nine-man Ajax just couldn’t hold on for over 20 minutes.

Jorginho converted his second penalty of the night before substitute Reece James banged in the equalizer in the 74th minute.

Chelsea could have had the winner but for VAR intervention, as they poured forward, but it was to no avail.

Final score: Chelsea 4 – 4 Ajax.

A great game that will be remembered for refereeing madness and an unimaginable own goal.