Champions League Wrap: Dortmund, Liverpool, Leipzig Pick Up Wins, Barca, Chelsea Held
Chelsea 4-4 Ajax Amsterdam
Chelsea and nine-man Ajax Amsterdam played out a thrilling 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday evening.
The visitors raced into an early lead through a Tammy Abraham own goal, but Chelsea levelled minutes later when Jorginho converted from the penalty spot.
Ajax then took control as goals from Quincy Promes Donny van de Beek and an own goal from Kepa put the visitors 3-1 up.
Cesar Azpilicueta pulled one back for Chelsea on 63 minutes, before Ajax were reduced to nine men after Daley Blind and Joel Veltman were sent off six minutes later.
Jorginho reduced the deficit once again with his second penalty, while Reece James levelled matters on 74 minutes with a fine strike.
Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had snatched the winner in the final 10 minutes, but celebrations were cut short after the Video Assistant Referee spotted a handball in the build-up.
Valencia 4-1 Lille
Group H was blown wide open following the Chelsea clash as Valencia thrashed Lille 4-1 at the Mestalla on Tuesday evening.
It was the Ligue 1 side that went ahead after 25 minutes through Victor Osimhen, but Valencia hit back in the second through Dani Parejo, Adama Soumaoro (OG), Kondogbia and Ferran Torres.
Chelsea remains top of Group H followed by Ajax and Valencia in the second third, with the top three all sitting on seven points.
Barcelona 0-0 Slavia Praha
FC Barcelona played to a frustrating goalless draw against Slavia Praha in the UEFA Champions League Group F at Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Lionel Messi came close to breaking the deadlock in either half, but hit the post on 34 minutes with Ondrej Kolar denying the Argentine late on.
The result piles more pressure on embattled manager Ernesto Valverde as the performance comes days after a dismal loss to Levante in LaLiga.
Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Inter Milan
Borussia Dortmund rallied back from two goals down to defeat Inter Milan 3-2 at Signal-Iduna Park.
Inter raced into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Lautaro Martinez and Matias Vecino in the first half.
However, a brace from Achraf Hakimi and a solitary strike from Julian Brandt sealed the come-from-behind victory for the Bundesliga outfit.
Napoli 1-1 Salzburg
Napoli dropped to the second spot in Group E after drawing 1-1 with Red Bull Salzburg at the Stadio San Paolo.
The highly-rated Erling Haaland continued his fine form after netting his seventh goal of the tournament from the spot on 11 minutes before Hirving Lozano restored parity just before the break.
Liverpool 2-1 Genk
Liverpool’s title defence is on well and truly on course after they moved to the summit of Group E with a 2-1 win over Genk.
Liverpool have struggled to win games convincingly after their 4-3 win over FC Salzburg, needing late goals to squeeze out victories.
They, however, did not have to wait long for an opener as Milner delivered across while approaching the byline, the Genk defence panicked and they duly failed to clear their lines as Georginio Wijnaldum fired the ball into the roof of the net for the opener.
Genk restored parity in the 41st minute when Tanzania international Mbwana Samatta flew to the near post and powered home a corner to punish Liverpool, who totally switched off as he bagged his first goal in the Champions League this season.
Liverpool regained their lead eight minutes after the second half when Mohamed Salah did well to keep his marker at arm’s length before Oxlade-Chamberlain took over the baton and swivelled before smashing the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards out at the Kop end.
Olympique Lyon 3-1 Benfica
Olympique Lyon moved up to second spot in Group G with an impressive 3-1 triumph over Benfica at Groupama Stadium.
Joachim Anderson, Memphis Depay and Bertrand Traore were on target for the Ligue 1 outfit, while Haris Seferovic netted a consolation for Benfica.
Zenit St Petersburg 0-2 RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig took a giant leap towards knockout stage qualification in the UEFA Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Zenit St Petersburg at the Krestovsky Stadium.
Diego Demme handed the visitors the lead on the stroke of halftime after slotting home a loose ball from a free-kick after Zenit failed to clear their lines.
Leipzig made the points safe in the 63rd minute when Emil Fosberg set-up Marcel Sabitzer, who needed no second invitation after being sent clear.