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Chelsea 4-4 Ajax: All the records set as the Blues stage sensational fight back to clinch draw

November 5, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The breathtaking contest ended with the Stamford Bridge outfit staging a strong fight back for a point.

Tuesday's epic Champions League clash between Chelsea and Ajax proved to be an incredible spectacle and the scoreline at full-time primarily hints at what a roller-coaster ride it was. There was no dull moment from start to finish and, justifiably so, a number of milestones which previously existed were successfully laid into by both sides who shared spoils inside Stamford Bridge.

Both sides fancied an early start and after Ajax had opened the scoring in less that 120 seconds after kick-off, Chelsea quickly leveled the playing field in two minutes later through Jorginho from the penalty spot. In the 20th-minute, scorer of the visitors' first goal, Quincy Promes, grabbed his second before Kepa Arrizabalaga bagged an own-goal after a cross from Hakim Ziyech rattled the crossbar and hit him in the face.

10 minutes into the second half the mission was almost made impossible for Chelsea with Van de Beek scoring Ajax´s fourth of the night. However, the Blues insurgence was set on course seven minutes later through Cesar Azpilicueta. Within the nine minutes that came after the Spanish defender had scored, Ajax received two red cards and Jorginho and Recce James added the remaining two goals to clinch a point for their side.

Below are some of the records attained in Tuesday night's Group H fixture:

  •  Chelsea is the third English club in Champions League history to fightback from being three goals down to get a result. The Blues are the first since Liverpool did so in May 2005 at Istanbul (3-3 v AC Milan).

  • At the age of 19 years, 332 days, Reece James has become Chelsea's youngest-ever goalscorer in Champions League history.

  • Chelsea conceded four or more goals in a single Champions League game for only the third time in the club´s history. It is the first time since the 4-4 draw at home to Liverpool in 2009.

  • Chelsea is the second side to concede two own-goals in the first 45 minutes of a Champions League game. Romanian side CFR Cluj did it first against Bayern Munich in October 2010.

  • Against Ajax, Chelsea were scored thrice in the first half of a Champions League game for the first time in its history.

  • Ajax´s first goal against Chelsea was the second earliest goal conceded by the Blues in the Champions League. Stephan El Shaarawy's strike after 39 seconds for AS Roman in 2017 remains the earliest-ever conceded by the Blues.

Source: Opta on Twitter

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