Chelsea battled from 4-1 down to claim what could be a valuable point with a 4-4 draw against Ajax in a thrilling match at Stamford Bridge.
But the Blues may feel like they should have won the game as the visitors were reduced to nine men, while Cesar Azpilicueta what he thought was the winning goal disallowed following a VAR check.
The blistering start set the tone for the epic with two goals inside the first five minutes – Jorginho’s penalty cancelling out a second-minute own goal by Tammy Abraham.
Ajax then raced into a 3-1 lead through Quincy Promes’ goal while Kepa Arrizabalaga could do nothing when Hakim Ziyech’s struck the corner before hitting him in the face.
Donny van de Beek then put the visitors 4-1 ten minutes into the second half but Chelsea then clicked into gear when Azpilicueta pulled one back.
Daley Blind was shown his second yellow for a late tackle on Abraham and Chelsea were then awarded a penalty and Ajax were reduced to nine when Joel Veltman received his second yellow card for handball in the box.
Jorginho stuck it away and Frank Lampard’s men were level soon after when Reece James smashed home a loose ball.
Cesar Azpilicueta thought he’d made it 5-4 but the goal was disallowed as Abraham handballed an effort from Jorginho in the lead-up.
It was more of a low key affair at Anfield but Liverpool made hard work of their 2-1 victory over group minnows Genk.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s clever finish gave the Reds and early lead but Mbwana Samatta’s glancing header pegged the European champions back.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored the lead and despite a few nervous moments for them, Liverpool just about deserved the three points.
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