Premier League giants Chelsea came from three goals down to force nine-man Ajax to a 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in Tuesday’s Champions League encounter.
As at half time, the Dutch League champions were two goals better than their hosts but the Blues came back in the second half to salvage a point for their European campaign.
The duo of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Tammy Abraham gifted the visitors two own goals earlier in the game but bounced back in the second stanza of the meeting.
During their half time break, coach Frank Lampard revealed he told the players they will either win the game or draw after regulation period.
“The two own goals were the story of our first half. We were in the first half,” Lampard told BT Sport after the game.
“I said to the lads at half-time – I’m not trying to say how clever I am – but I said, ‘I think we’re going to draw this at least 3-3, could be 4-4, could be 4-3 and we could win it. It’s up to us.’
“Because if we got rid of those crazy moments that gave them the goals – some misfortune, some on us – I just felt we were so in the game.
“We were just short of that last pass in the final third, Christian Pulisic looked so dangerous, Willian looked dangerous and I just thought we’d build momentum and fortunately we did.”
A brace from Jorginho, and one each from Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James helped the hosts claim one point in the match.
After the match, Lampard said: “I need to compose myself. I was just watching back the first-half goals there so I could give you some form of explanation, but I can’t explain the game.
“But I suppose for all the things we might analyse back and the goals that we conceded and the madness of the game, we are here for entertainment I suppose, even though there were some nervy moments and crazy moments.
So I think anyone that was watching that at home, or here, or anywhere, has to say what an incredible game of football. Respect to Ajax, they’re a great team, what a spectacle.”
Chelsea showed their quality after coming from three goals down to force Ajax to 4-4 draw.
Both teams shared the spoils after regulation period in an eight-goal thriller at the Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
A goal each from Donny van de Beek, Quincy Promes and two own goals from Tammy Abraham and Kepa Arrizabalaga handed the visitors the lead.
But Jorginho’s brace and one each from Cesar Azpilicueta and Recce James ensured the Blues avoided second UCL defeat this campaig.