Champions League: Nine-man Ajax in stunning 4-4 draw at Chelsea

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6:08 p.m. ET, November 5, 2019

What a night -- see you tomorrow for more!

James Masters

Well that was a nice quiet one then, wasn't it?

Eight games, 29 goals, and game between Chelsea and Ajax that will have fans talking for weeks.

You can read all about the madness of Stamford Bridge right here courtesy of Matias Grez who has crafted this report on Chelsea's pulsating 4-4 draw with Ajax.

Andre Onana and Dusan Tadic of Ajax react after two red cards are given against their side.
Andre Onana and Dusan Tadic of Ajax react after two red cards are given against their side. Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

We're back on Wednesday to see if Bayern Munich can recover from its humiliating 5-1 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt, and if Real Madrid can get its Champions League challenge up and running with a win against Galatasaray.

Oh, and don't forget that PSG, Manchester City, Juventus and Atletico can all qualify if results go their way.

It's starting to get serious -- you wouldn't want to miss out, would you? See you tomorrow.

6:08 p.m. ET, November 5, 2019

Håland can't stop scoring

James Masters

Erling Braut Håland's name is trending again on social media -- and no wonder.

The 19-year-old scored his seventh Champions League of this season's group stage to help Red Bull Salzburg secure a 1-1 draw at Napoli.

He has now has 23 goals in 17 games for the Austrian club this season. No wonder some of Europe's bigger clubs have him on their January shopping list.

5:52 p.m. ET, November 5, 2019

Liverpool moves into pole position

James Masters

It might not have been pretty but Liverpool managed to find a way to sneak past Genk 2-1 at Anfield and assume top spot in Group E.

That's because Napoli, which beat Liverpool in the opening round of group matches, was held to a 1-1 draw by Red Bull Salzburg. And yes, before you ask, Erling Braut Håland did score. That's his seventh in four Champions League games.

Gini Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got the goals for Liverpool either side of Mbwana Ally Samatta's fabulous header.

It means that Liverpool can win the group if it beats Napoli at Anfield in a fortnight's time.

Joakim Maehle of KRC Genk battles for possession with James Milner of Liverpool.
Joakim Maehle of KRC Genk battles for possession with James Milner of Liverpool. Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Here's what James Milner told BT Sport in his interview after Liverpool's 2-1 win over Genk at Anfield.

I thought we were good at times. The boys keep coming out and try to keep that tempo high. It could have been a lot more comfortable but they made it difficult. I'm just pleased to get the result.
"Set-pieces are always going to be dangerous. There were six changes tonight so the hardest things to pick up are always going to be shape but it's something we can look at to improve.
"Every game is tough in the Champions League. It's a boring saying but it's true! We need to finish the job now. We are in a good position."
5:51 p.m. ET, November 5, 2019

Brandt: "It feels brutally good"

James Masters

Ever wondered how it feels to come back from two goals down to win 3-2?

Here's Borussia Dortmund's Julian Brandt ready to tell all after his side came from behind to defeat Inter Milan.

Julian Brandt of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with teammate Jadon Sancho.
Julian Brandt of Borussia Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with teammate Jadon Sancho.
"It feels brutally good," goal-scorer Brandt told broadcaster DAZN.
"We all knew how important the game was for us to win, but the (second-half) reaction was absolutely crazy.
"I think that we are in the development phase and that not everything quite fits yet.
"If everything was perfect, it would also be a bit boring," he added with a wry smile.
5:40 p.m. ET, November 5, 2019

Lampard loves a 4-4 draw

Did someone say 4-4 and Frank Lampard?

5:34 p.m. ET, November 5, 2019

Lampard: "I can't explain the game"

James Masters

Imagine trying to sum that game up then?

Well, we're glad it's Frank Lampard with the microphone in front of him rather than us.

Here's what he's just told BT Sport after watching his Chelsea side draw 4-4 with Ajax at Stamford Bridge.

I can't explain the game. For all the things we might analyze back, the madness of the game, we are here for entertainment I suppose and anyone who watched that has to say what a game of football. Respect to Ajax, what a spectacle.
"I don't think I have been in a game like it. The two own goals were the story of the first half. I said at half time it will be 3-3 or 4-4, we were so in the game.
"We looked dangerous and I felt we would build momentum. I am not happy overall, this is the Champions League and we made too many mistakes.
"The biggest pleasure is the spirit the whole stadium showed. I can't give you much on the red cards, I didn't really see what they were for.
"At halftime I would have taken a draw for sure. Let's take it as what it was. I was expecting somewhere towards 10 minutes of added time, I'm not sure where four came from."
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard was left searching for an explanation after a frantic contest at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard was left searching for an explanation after a frantic contest at Stamford Bridge. Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Group H is looking very tight now with three teams on seven points with two games remaining.

Ajax leads the way from Chelsea and Valencia, while Lille sits bottom with just one point from its four games.

Next up for Chelsea is a difficult trip away to Valencia, while Ajax travels to Lille.

Here's what Reece James told BT after scoring his side's equalizer.

It was great to pull it back and a shame that we didn't win.
"It's always a great feeling scoring here at Stamford Bridge and for such a great club."

5:22 p.m. ET, November 5, 2019

Dortmund roars back to stun Inter

James Masters

At halftime we tweeted the statistics that was supposed to show Borussia Dortmund's chances of fighting back from a two-goal deficit against Inter Milan were pretty slim to say the least.

Well, perhaps someone in the Dortmund locker room logged on to our blog and showed the players the tweet because -- wow, did they respond?

Yes -- yes they did. Two goals from Achraf Hakimi either side of a Julian Brandt strike secured a 3-2 win for Dortmund over Inter and took it up to second in Group F, one point adrift of leader Barcelona.

Trailing 2-0 at the interval, the German side roared back to take all three points and inflict a painful defeat on Antonio Conte's men.

Next up for Dortmund is an away game at Barcelona while Inter hosts Slavia Prague.

It's all to play for in Group F.

5:20 p.m. ET, November 5, 2019

Nine men? No problem

James Masters

What a night at Stamford Bridge.

Eight goals, two red cards and enough Champions League drama to leave even the neutrals exhausted.

In the end, Ajax, which had led 4-1 after 55 minutes, ended up finishing with nine men and drawing the game 4-4.

While Daley Blind's red card, his second bookable offense, might not have been too controversial, the decision to send Joel Veltman off for handball felt rather harsh.

Ajax's Dutch defender Daley Blind (R) reacts as he is shown a red card by Italian referee Gianluca Rocch
Ajax's Dutch defender Daley Blind (R) reacts as he is shown a red card by Italian referee Gianluca Rocch Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Ajax's players react after its defender Joel Veltman (C) is shown a red card by Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi. 
Ajax's players react after its defender Joel Veltman (C) is shown a red card by Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi.  Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Ajax had taken a second minute lead courtesy of Tammy Abraham's own-goal before Jorginho leveled from the penalty spot for Chelsea two minutes later.

But the Dutch side went into overdrive soon after with Quincy Promes grabbing Ajax's second before Hakim Ziyech's free-kick smashed against the post and off the face of Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa on its way into the net.

Donny van de Beek's 55th-minute strike looked to have sealed victory for the visiting team as Ajax caught Chelsea with another slick passing move.

But there was still plenty of drama to come with Cesar Azpilicueta tapping home at the far post to make it 4-2 before the game reached a whole new level of crazy.

In one passage of play, Blind was sent off for a foul on Abraham before Veltman was adjudged to have deliberately handled a shot from Callum Hudson-Odoi inside the penalty area.

Already on bookings, both players were shown a second yellow card and sent off. "Scenes" as the kids say.

With social media in meltdown and those in the stands in disbelief, Jorginho rolled home the penalty to make it 3-4.

And three minutes later the comeback was complete when Reece James reacted quickest inside the penalty area to fire home an unstoppable effort past Andre Onana.

In a word - BONKERS!

Andre Onana of AFC Ajax looks dejected during the clash with Chelsea.
Andre Onana of AFC Ajax looks dejected during the clash with Chelsea. Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

There was still time for Azpilicueta to score what looked like the winner only for his effort to be ruled out for handball.

Both teams went for it as the clock ticked down but the winning goal was not forthcoming.

We're shattered -- who knows how the players must be feeling.

4:57 p.m. ET, November 5, 2019

Tuesday's results

Caught your breath yet? Here's how it all finished.

Results

Group E: Liverpool 2-1 Genk, Napoli 1-1 RB Salzburg

Group F: Barcelona 0-0 Slavia Prague, Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Inter Milan

Group G: Zenit St. Petersburg 0-2 RB Leipzig , Lyon 3-1 Benfica

Group H: Chelsea 4-4 Ajax, Valencia 4-1 Lille