It was a night of complete and incomplete comebacks in the Champions League, of swings, a scoring evening and with individual exhibitions such as Achraf Hakimi, who scored two goals from the right side. Or Ziyech's with Ajax on a crazy night at Stamford Bridge. There his team did everything to win the game and also to lose it. He tied it (4-4). And it hurt Chelsea that he was three goals down and, paradoxically, ended the night with his head down after a colossal carousel of emotions.
Group E: Naples-RB Salzburg (1-1); Liverpool-Genk (2-1)
1. Liverpool, 9 points; 2. Naples, 8 points; 3. Salzburg, 4 points; 4. Genk, 1 point
Group F: B. Dortmund-Inter (3-2); Barcelona-Slavia Prague (0-0)
1. Barcelona, 8 points; 2. B. Dortmund, 7 points; 3. Inter, 4 points; 4. Slavia Prague, 2 points
Group G: Zenit-RB Leipzig (0-2); Lyon-Benfica (3-1)
1. RB Leipzig, 9 points; 2. Lyon, 7 points; 3. Zenit, 4 points; 4. Benfica, 3 points
Group H: Chelsea-Ajax (4-4); Valencia-Lille (4-1)
1. Chelsea, 7 points; 2. Ajax, 7 points; 3. Valencia, 7 points; 4. Lille, 1 point
The animator of the last Champions started the situation with Ziyech at the controls and two Chelsea autogoles that were actually a couple of poisoned kicks from the Dutch team. After two minutes he was already winning, the four were tied, but just after half an hour he went two upstairs, tasty and dominating. Van de Beek rounded off what looked like a solid triumph shortly after the start of the second half, with Ziyech once more as a muñidor. In that scenario Azpilicueta discounted the edge of the offside in what looked like an anecdote. It was not. It was more than 20 minutes until the end when in a single attack in attack the London team achieved a diabolical triplet: the two central Ajax, Blind and Veltman, were expelled for double yellow and Chelsea was at the penalty spot for Mark the third. I arrive. And behind him came the room with Stamford Bridge untied. Even more so when Azpilicueta scored the fifth. The alleged comeback was celebrated with all the fierceness required by the situation until the VAR ordered it to stop because on its radar it found a previous hand of Abraham. With fifteen minutes to play there were no more goals. And the most incredible thing was not that they were not scored but that Ajax even had options to win the match.
Thus the duel ended even and with frustrations spread. Chelsea felt that that game should have won, Ajax hurt what had been his. The beneficiary is Valencia, which with two days to elucidate forces a triple tie in the head of the group with seven points. If the team of Albert Celades wins Chelsea next month at Mestalla, he will have sentenced his pass to the round of 16.
In Dortmund, everything went around (3-2). Inter missed an advantage of two goals, detail not common in a team led by Antonio Conte and less in a team that had just fallen this season against Juventus and Barcelona. Lautaro Martínez, who scored the first goal and was in the garlic of the second, sent an extraordinary interist collective play culminated by the Matías Vecino charrúa. But Borussia was revived before the Südtribune. With the yellow wall in the background he traced in less than half an hour with two goals from Achraf, the side handed down by Real Madrid, which did not cease to act as a stiletto and, even in the first goal, traveled to center forward positions. Borussia galloped to his rebuild, where Paco Alcácer also contributed, who started on the bench, but in his first race he helped to regain possession of the ball so that Brandt executed Inter, with no final response and against the ropes because he stays four points from Barcelona and three of the Germans with the prospect of visiting Slavia, which plays continuity on the continent at least via Europa League, and then close in Milan against the Catalans.
In the rest of the games, the novel Salzburg, which started a draw (1-1) in Naples, with a new goal by Erling Haland, who has been seven in the group stage and is noted in the book of records as the youngest player to score in his first four Champions games. The boy is just 19 years old, born in July 2000. The Italians, however, maintain a four-point mattress on the Austrians. The one of Liverpool rises to five, which surpassed, with several reservations in the lineup, the Genk (2-1) with no greater display than the two good goals of Wijnaldum and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
In the group without favorites, Leipzig stands out after winning in St. Petersburg at Zenit (0-2) while Olympique de Lyon is running to accompany him to the qualifiers. The Gauls beat Benfica (3-1) in a game that was tight until the end.