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Ajax Have Both Centre Backs Sent Off In The Space Of 60 Seconds Against Chelsea

Ajax Have Both Centre Backs Sent Off In The Space Of 60 Seconds Against Chelsea

Ajax defenders Daley Blind and Joël Veltman were both sent off for second yellow cards during a quite remarkable Champions League group stage clash against Chelsea.

It was an entertaining game from start to finish at Stamford Bridge as both sides left with a point following a 4-4 draw.

But it was Ajax who looked the most dangerous for large spells, until the centre-back partnership of Blind and Veltman were sent for early baths in the 68th and 69th minute.

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It all kicked off when referee Gianluca Rocchi gave a penalty to Chelsea after Veltman handled in the penalty area.

Daley Blind, who took out Tammy Abraham just seconds earlier, was sent off for a second yellow card and then the official decided Veltman deserved a second yellow too for his handball.

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Chelsea's penalty specialist Jorginho converted from the spot to make it 4-3 to Ajax and just three minutes later, Reece James became the club's youngest ever Champions League goalscorer to level the tie.

It was a game of incredible moments but Chelsea suffered a nightmare start to the game at Stamford Bridge.

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It didn't take long for Frank Lampard's men to get back into the game.

Just minutes later, penalty specialist Jorginho netted from the spot after Christian Pulisic was brought down by Ajax defender Joël Veltman.

Ajax forward Quincy Promes, who has also impressed for the Eredivise side this season, regained the lead for the away side with 20 minutes on the clock.

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And then that man Ziyech, who has netted seven goals in all competitions this season, bagged his third goal of the group stages from a truly ridiculous angle to give Erik ten Hag's side a 3-1 lead.

The second half was just as entertaining and when Ajax made it 4-1 in the 55th minute through Donny van de Beek, some Chelsea fans left the stadium.

Many thought it was all over but Cesar Azpilicueta put Lampard's men back in the game just eight minutes later, and then those goals from Jorginho and Reece James completed the stunning comeback.

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The Spanish captain thought he'd won it in the final stages of the game, but VAR ruled out the goal for handball and the game finished 4-4.

Topics: Football News, Chelsea, Football, Ajax

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.