Champions League - Group H
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Ajax 0-1 Chelsea: Michy Batshuayi's late goal secures superb win for Blues

Michy Batshuayi
Batshuayi's goal came 15 minutes after he was sent on to the pitch

Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to score a late winner at Ajax as Chelsea stunned last year's Champions League semi-finalists.

The Dutch giants had won both their Group H games prior to the visit of Frank Lampard's side but struggled to break down their disciplined opponents and were undone when Batshuayi slammed home in the final few minutes.

Ajax did have a goal ruled out by the Video Assistant Referee in the first half when Quincy Promes' strike was ruled out by the smallest of margins, while Edson Alvarez headed against the post after the break.

But Chelsea fully deserved their win for a hugely impressive away performance as they recorded a second successive win that moves them top of the group, level with Ajax on six points.

The victory sets things up for a tantalising top-of-the-table meeting between the two sides at Stamford Bridge on 5 November.

Blues impress in clash of the young titans

Much has been made of this young Ajax side after they came within a whisker of reaching the Champions League final last season, knocked out by Tottenham in the semi-finals after a stoppage-time goal from Lucas Moura.

Despite the loss of key players Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong over the summer, astute signings coupled with yet more talented players emerging from the famed academy meant they picked up where they left off, winning 13 of this campaign's first 17 games and drawing the other four.

But here they faced a Chelsea side boasting its own impressive collection of improving young talent, who arrived at the Johan Cruyff Arena looking to claim a sixth successive win in all competitions.

From the outset Chelsea made things uncomfortable for Ajax, not allowing the home side to utilise their favoured tactic of playing out from the back and disrupting their ability to build attacks.

As a result, the hosts created few clear-cut chances. They did not manage a shot on target until the 60th minute - when Daley Blind's low effort was held by Kepa, and the closest they came was when Alvarez' header cannoned back off the far post.

They were perhaps unfortunate to have Promes' goal in the first half ruled out, with his boot deemed offside, but Chelsea deserve huge credit for nullifying a side that failed to score in a game for the first time since 20 August.

A tactical masterclass from Lampard

Frank Lampard
Lampard has won seven of his 13 games in charge of Chelsea

Lampard's appointment in the summer raised a few eyebrows given his only previous managerial experience was one season in the Championship with Derby.

But this huge result - the best in his short time in charge of Chelsea - highlighted his credentials as one of the most progressive managers in the game.

The former midfielder got his tactics spot-on to defeat a previously unbeaten side, while his substitutions turned a credible draw into an excellent win.

Given Ajax's dominant home form Lampard could have been forgiven for playing it safe and settling for the draw, but opted to take the game to the hosts by sending on attackers Christian Pulisic and Batshuayi.

The result was Batshuayi's late winner and three points that ensure Chelsea take a big step towards the knockout stages.

A first in five years for Ajax - the stats

  • Chelsea have registered back-to-back away Champions League victories for the first time since October 2013.
  • Ajax suffered their first Champions League group stage defeat since November 2014, ending a run of nine matches unbeaten at this stage.
  • Chelsea have kept consecutive clean sheets in all competitions under Frank Lampard for the first time.
  • Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Michy Batshuayi has scored nine goals as a substitute for Chelsea in all competitions - four more than any other Blues player.
  • Despite only appearing as a 71st-minute substitute, Batshuayi had more shots than any other player in the match (4), including scoring the winner.
  • Callum Hudson-Odoi (18y 350d) became the youngest player to start a Champions League game for Chelsea since Josh McEachran (17y 282d) in December 2010.

Line-ups

Ajax

  • 24Onana
  • 28Dest
  • 3VeltmanSubstituted forHuntelaarat 89'minutes
  • 17Blind
  • 31Tagliafico
  • 4ÁlvarezSubstituted forde Jongat 89'minutes
  • 21MartínezBooked at 65mins
  • 22Ziyech
  • 6van de Beek
  • 11PromesSubstituted forNeres Camposat 74'minutes
  • 10TadicBooked at 49mins

Substitutes

  • 1Semedo Varela
  • 2Schuurs
  • 7Neres Campos
  • 9Huntelaar
  • 12Mazraoui
  • 15de Jong
  • 18Marin

Chelsea

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 15ZoumaBooked at 84mins
  • 29Tomori
  • 3Alonso
  • 17Kovacic
  • 5Jorginho
  • 19Mount
  • 10WillianSubstituted forPulisicat 66'minutes
  • 9AbrahamSubstituted forBatshuayiat 71'minutes
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forJamesat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Caballero
  • 18Giroud
  • 22Pulisic
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 24James
  • 33Emerson
  • 47Gilmour
Referee:
Ovidiu Hategan
Attendance:
52,482

Match Stats

Home TeamAjaxAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Ajax 0, Chelsea 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ajax 0, Chelsea 1.

Attempt missed. Mason Mount (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Pulisic with a headed pass.

Foul by Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax).

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea).

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Ajax).

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Sergiño Dest.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by André Onana.

Attempt saved. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jorginho.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Reece James replaces Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Foul by Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Ajax).

Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Klaas Jan Huntelaar replaces Joël Veltman.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Siem de Jong replaces Edson Álvarez.

Goal!

Goal! Ajax 0, Chelsea 1. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Pulisic with a cross.

Booking

Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sergiño Dest (Ajax).

Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Daley Blind (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea).

Attempt missed. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Michy Batshuayi.

Attempt missed. Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kurt Zouma with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Edson Álvarez.

Edson Álvarez (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Edson Álvarez.

Hand ball by Sergiño Dest (Ajax).

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. David Neres replaces Quincy Promes.

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mason Mount.

Attempt saved. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Pulisic.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi replaces Tammy Abraham.

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Ajax).

Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joël Veltman (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea).

Attempt saved. Sergiño Dest (Ajax) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Christian Pulisic replaces Willian.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG33009099
2Real Madrid311135-24
3Club Bruges302127-52
4Galatasaray301202-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich330013499
2Tottenham31119904
3Red Star Belgrade310239-63
4Olympiakos301258-31

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City330010199
2Dinamo Zagreb31116424
3Shakhtar Donetsk311146-24
4Atalanta3003211-90

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus32107347
2Atl Madrid32105237
3Lokomotiv Moscow310235-23
4B Leverkusen300316-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli32105237
2Liverpool32018626
3RB Salzburg310211923
4KRC Genk3012310-71

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona32104227
2Inter Milan31114314
3B Dortmund31112204
4Slavia Prague301225-31

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Leipzig32014406
2Zenit St Petersburg31115414
3Lyon31114314
4Benfica310246-23

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea32013216
2Ajax32016156
3Valencia311124-24
4Lille301226-41
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