Counting on a goal from Belgian Michy Batshuayi on 85 minutes into the game, Chelsea grabbed a very important and unlikely victory on Wednesday by beating Ajax 1-0 away in Amsterdam in the UEFA Champions League’s Matchday 3 in the group stages. Group H.
With the result, coach Frank Lampard’s team reached the same six points of the Dutch team in Group H. The Dutch team keeps topping the Group due to goals scored though. Then, Valencia comes sitting in third with three points, and Lille, with no point, is the rock bottom of the Group.
On November 5, for the Matchday 4 of Group H, Chelsea will again face Ajax in London with the chance to take the top spot.
In this first clash between English and Dutch, the game was very balanced at the Johan Cruijff Arena and the victory could also have gone to the home owners, who in the early stages shook the net with Promes in the 37th minute. However, the player was offside and the irregularity was only confirmed after the referee checked out the VAR.
And narrowly the hosts did not open the scoring on 63 minutes through Mexican Edson Alvarez. The Mexican’s header ended up hitting Kepa Arrizabalaga’s left post though.
After that, however, coach Frank Lampard’s star shone, as the only goal of the game had the direct influence of two players that he introduced on the pitch in the second half. At 85, the American Christian Pulisic, who replaced the Brazilian Willian, started a good play down the left flank and crossed it. Spaniard Marcos Alonso’s smart action in a body move let the ball clear to Batshuayi, who rocketed home to the Dutch nets from close-range, guaranteeing the English triumph in Amsterdam.