UCL Matchday 4 Review: Barcelona and Chelsea play draws at home
Barcelona were held to a barren draw at Camp Nou in the return leg of their UCL tie against Czech Republic side Slavia Prague.
The visitors [Slavia Prague] have pulled some weight in this year’s competition despite their low ranking and reputation. It took some Messi magic to condemn them to defeat in the first leg of the tie. But even the mercurial Argentine couldn’t display his magic as he and his teammates were caged for the entire duration.
Barcelona enjoyed most of the possession and produced some intricate moves as they are known for but they were unable to break down a resilient and compact opposition in Sparta Prague.
Slavia Prague didn’t just sit back and defend, they attacked on some occasions too. They moved the ball around very well for a side playing away at the Camp Nou. They produced a fearless performance and it was enough to earn them a point.
Chelsea draw at Stamford Bridge in 8-goal thriller
Chelsea welcomed Ajax to the Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night and it was the exact opposite of the first leg in terms of goals.
Two Chelsea players scored in the first five minutes. Tammy Abraham put in ball in his own net just 2 minutes into the game with Jorginho equalising from the spot three most minutes later.
Quincy Promes who provided the assist for Abraham’s own goal got a goal of his own to put Ajax in the lead. Hakim Ziyech’s attempt from the corner hit the post before striking Kepa Arrizabalaga in the face on its way into the net to give Ajax a 3-1 lead.
The start of the second half couldn’t have been worse for Chelsea, Donny van de Beek scored five minutes into
half to give Ajax a three-goal lead but Lampard’s men were only down but not of the tie.
Ceaser Azpilicueta pulled one back for the blues before Daley Blind got his matching order after receiving a second yellow card for a late foul on Tammy Abraham.
Joey Veltman joined Blind for an early shower after he too was dismissed some minutes later leaving the visitors with nine players.
Jorginho converted the resulting penalty for his second goal of the night.
James Recce equalised for Chelsea soon after.
Ceaser Azpilicueta thought he’d gotten his second goal of the night but VAR ruled it out because of an handball incident from Tammy Abraham in the move that lead to the goal. Both sides shared the points on a hugely entertaining contest. Ajax however lead the group on goal difference.
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