Champions League football brought a night of highs and lows to West London on Tuesday, as Chelsea fought back from being 4-1 down to hold Ajax to a draw and end the game with a three-way tie at the top of Group H after Valencia beat LOSC Lille 4-1.
Chelsea, Ajax and Valencia are now all on seven points in the fight for a Last 16 place, with the La Liga side scraping the bottom of the barrel on goals scored having found the back of the net one fewer times than the second-placed Blues.
Frank Lampard’s Stamford Bridge natives did not help themselves against Ajax in their Tuesday night meeting, either, as Tammy Abraham and Kepa Arrizabalaga gifted Erik ten Hag’s visiting side two of their first-half goals either side of Quincy Promes’ strike to go into the break 3-1 down.
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Promes may have thought he was unlucky not to be bragging a brace at the break after Abraham flicked his free-kick past Arrizabalaga, moments before Jorginho would score the Blues’ first equaliser from the spot.
Arrizabalaga would be the unfortunate one, though, as the Spaniard took the ball directly to the face in the 35th-minute when Hakim Ziyech’s free-kick from a tight angle crashed back off the post and into the goal off the shot-stopper.
It would seem the former Athletic Bilbao man will struggle to live his moment down, as well, as Chelsea teammate Michy Batshuayi has already taken to social media to taunt the 25-year-old.
— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) November 6, 2019
The Belgian has re-tweeted a clip of Arrizabalaga’s unfortunate own goal, and captioned it by welcoming the nine-time international to the meme club.