Dortmund stage Inter comeback while Valencia thrash Lille

          Chelsea share eight goal stunner with Ajax as Liverpool beat Genk

          2019/11/05 22:31
          By Connor Andrews

          Chelsea and Ajax missed their chance to take control of Group H as they played out a scintillating 4-4 draw that featured two red cards.

          A Jorginho penalty in the fourth minute levelled the game after Tammy Abraham’s second minute own-goal, but Ajax went on to take a three goal lead with an hour to play, featuring a Kepa own-goal from a Hakim Ziyech free-kick by the corner flag, and strikes from Quincey Promes and Donn van de Beek.

          A goal from Cesar Azpilicueta got Chelsea back in the game before second yellow cards for Daley Blind and Joel Veltman reduced Ajax to nine-men, Jorginho then netted from the spot once more, before Reece James became the clubs youngest European goal scorer with fifteen minutes to play.

          Chelsea thought they had the win through Azpilicueta’s second, but VAR ruled the ball touched a hand, and Chelsea will be frustrated not to win on a night where Valencia came back from 1-0 down against Lille, to move on to seven points with the Blues and Ajax.

          ©Getty / Alex Pantling

          Liverpool just made it past Genk after Mbwana Samatta had cancelled out a Gini Wijnaldum opener, but Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s fifth UCL goal in nine games for Liverpool was enough to secure three points.

          Liverpool could have edged inches from qualification if Napoli could have won at home to Salzburg, but Erik Haaland scoring again meant Hirving Lozano’s equaliser was not enough for the Italians to become the first side to qualify for the last 16.

          In Germany, there was another thriller as Inter looked back to their best taking a comfortable first-half 2-0 lead against Borussia Dortmund, with goals from Lautaro Martinez and Matias Vecino. But double from young Moroccan Achraf Hakimi either side of a Julian Brandt effort made things interesting in Group F where Barcelona managed a scoreless draw against Slavia Praha in the early kick-off.

          And in Group G, Lyon’s 3-1 win over Benfica added to Leipzig’s earlier 2-0 defeat of Zenit to move both sides clear in the qualification places.


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