Chelsea v Ajax Live Commentary & Result, 05/11/2019, UEFA Champions League


Ajax

20′ GOOOOAAAALLLL!! AJAX MAKE IT 2-1!! Ziyech plays a lovely cross towards the hosts’ six-yard area after more keep-round ball from the visitors near the touchline and Promes reacts quickest to head it past Arrizabalaga in no man’s land!

Ajax

20′ Assist Hakim Ziyech

16′ Tagliafico sends one in the box only for Tomori to head it clear. Martinez regains possession and plays in Ziyech who elects to shoot from distance only for the effort to sail harmlessly wide of Arrizabalaga’s goal.

14′ TADIC MISSES A SITTER! Blind plays a lovely round ball from deep towards the ex-Southampton frontman, who takes a brilliant touch over Tomori before rifling a powerful drive that really should’ve hit the target! Chelsea escape there! 

13′ GOOOOAAALLLL!! ABRAHAM MAKES IT 2-1! But it’s not to be, as the flag goes up as soon as the striker has been put through on goal by Kovacic with only Onana to beat! Still 1-1 at the Bridge.

11′ Another promising run by Pulisic has been stopped by Mazraoui, but the hosts continue to threaten in the Ajax half. Both sides look to have settled after that frantic start.

10′ Tomori gives the round ball away to Tadic, and Ajax attempt to play keep-round ball in the Chelsea half. However, Azpilicueta has Neres well covered out on the other wing and the latter concedes a throw-in.

9′ Four of Jorginho’s five career goals for Chelsea have been from the penalty spot.

8′ Willian and Pulisic try to conjure something in the midfield but Ajax quickly regroup and regain possession.

6′ Abraham’s own goal has been the earliest conceded by Chelsea in the Champions League after Stephan El Shaarawy’s strike for Roma back in October 2017.

Chelsea

4′ GOOOOAAALLLL!! CHELSEA EQUALISE! Calm as you like, Jorginho wrongfoots Onana and slots his third penalty of the season to level things and raise the volume at the Bridge once more. It’s now 1-1, and it’s barely been five minutes since the referee’s opening whistle!

3′ PENALTY TO CHELSEA!! Immediately after conceding, Pulisic goes on a mazy run towards the visitors’ goal before being hauled down by Veltman in the penalty area! What a start to this game!

Chelsea

2′ GOOOOAAALLLL!!! AJAX GET THE EARLY LEAD!! Azpilicueta’s foul near the touchline brought about a free-kick, which was whipped by Promes and in the chaos inside the Chelsea penalty area, Abraham gets the unfortunate last touch past Arrizabalaga! 1-0 to Ajax, and Stamford Bridge falls silent.

1′ Tadic applauds Ziyech’s early attempt to put him through, but Tomori has been able to see the round ball out for a Chelsea goal kick.

1′ The hosts are out in their famed all-blue kit, while the away side are decked in their iconic red-and-white colours.

1′ Referee Gianluca Rocchi blows his whistle, and Ajax get us underway at Stamford Bridge!

The players are out and kick-off has been drawing near.

Chelsea have a 100% win record in Champions League matches against Dutch opponents, beating Feyenoord twice in the 1999/2000 season and Ajax on matchday three of this campaign.

Despite Martinez’s early withdrawal during Friday’s 4-2 win at Zwolle, Ten Hag names the same lineup that maintained their unbeaten start to their domestic campaign. Ziyech has been tasked as the trequartista to supply the ammunition for the in-form Neres and Promes, while goalkeeper Amana, as well as Martinez, are each a booking away from a one-match ban.

Lampard makes only one change from the side that won at Watford over the weekend, with Alonso favoured at left-back over Emerson. Kante and Christensen have also been deemed fit enough to be named among the substitutes. In a surprise move, Olivier Giroud has been out of the matchday squad altogether, leaving Batshuayi and Hudson-Odoi as the Blues’ only attacking options off the bench.

SUBSTITUTES: Perr Schuurs, Klaas Jan Huntelaar, Razvan Marin, Siem de Jong, Sergino Dest, Edson Alvarez, Bruno Varela.

AJAX XI (4-2-3-1): Andre Onana; Noussair Mazraoui, Joel Veltman, Daley Blind, Nicolas Tagliafico; Donny van de Beek, Lisandro Martinez; David Neres, Hakim Ziyech, Quincy Promes; Dusan Tadic (c).

SUBSTITUTES: Andreas Christensen, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willy Caballero, Billy Gilmour, N’Golo Kante, Michy Batshuayi.

CHELSEA XI (4-2-3-1): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Cesar Azpilicueta (c), Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Marcos Alonso; Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic; Willian, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic; Tammy Abraham.

And without further ado, let’s take a look at how both sides line up, starting with the hosts.

Last season’s semi-finalists Ajax also head into London in fine form themselves, having only lost one competitive match since the start of the season. That defeat came against today’s opponents, who emerged from the Johan Cruyff Arena with a deserved 1-0 win in their last Champions League outing and by virtue of that victory, currently top the group. That loss doesn’t appear to have dented the Dutch side’s confidence though, with Erik ten Hag’s league champions currently leading the Eredivisie by six points, and he will know that a win today will put them in pole position as group winners and another shot at a fairytale run similar to the previous campaign.

Both sides head into this fixture with six points apiece (two wins and one defeat so far) as they each seek to establish top spot in Group H. Back-to-back losses against Liverpool in the Premier League and Valencia on the opening matchday of the Champions League have failed to deter Chelsea, who are currently on a run of eight wins in their last nine matches and are exceeding expectations as they sit in fourth in the Premier League. Despite their defensive frailties, Frank Lampard’s young Blues have notched two or more goals in six of their last nine games, and the hosts’ gaffer will be aware that his side must remain focused in their quest to consolidate first place and automatic qualification from their group.

Hello, and welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Champions League match as Chelsea host Ajax at Stamford Bridge!


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