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Sport Chelsea thwarted by Valencia in Champions League thriller

23:50  27 november  2019
23:50  27 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Chelsea will not know their Champions League fate until the final group games after they draw at Valencia in an incident-packed match. WED 27 Nov 2019 Champions League - Group H.

Chelsea drew 2-2 with Valencia in yet another chaotic match, which means their Champions League group is still mired in uncertainty. Valencia 2-2 Chelsea : The Blues were on course for victory through goals from Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic before a freakish late leveller.

Mateo Kovacic throwing a ball: Champions League - Group H - Valencia v Chelsea© Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS Champions League - Group H - Valencia v Chelsea A freak goal from Valencia's Daniel Wass earned them a 2-2 draw in an epic encounter against Chelsea on Wednesday that left both sides waiting to book their place in the Champions League's knockout stage.

Valencia, who missed a glut of chances, had taken the lead through Carlos Soler but goals from Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic flipped the match on its head.

The Spaniards missed a penalty through Dani Parejo, but drew level late on when Wass netted a remarkable effort, shaping to centre before finding the net with a finish across goal.

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Valencia ’s Maxi Gomez is thwarted by Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Photograph: Sergio Pérez/Reuters. 5 min: Valencia look nervous to a man. Cillessen betrays their collective state of mind by shanking a goal kick straight out of play, under no pressure whatsoever.

Valencia ’s Maxi Gomez is thwarted by Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Photograph: Sergio Pérez/Reuters. 5 min: Valencia look nervous to a man. Cillessen betrays their collective state of mind by shanking a goal kick straight out of play, under no pressure whatsoever.

The draw means both sides are on eight points after five games but Valencia have a better head-to-head record and they lead Group H. Ajax Amsterdam are third on seven points but with a chance to go top when they visit Lille later on Wednesday.

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Chelsea , who had led thanks to goals from Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic, could not believe it. Yet if they win their final game in Group H, at home to Small details make the difference at this level and the challenge for Chelsea , who were stung by Valencia at Stamford Bridge two months ago, was

A 19-man Chelsea squad have touched down in Spain ahead of our crucial Champions League group game against Valencia tomorrow evening. Our visit to the Mestalla represents an important night in Group H, with Frank Lampard’s side tied on seven points along with Valencia and Ajax with two

Champions League - Group H - Valencia v Chelsea© Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS Champions League - Group H - Valencia v Chelsea Valencia visit Ajax in their final group game and will likely have to win there to ensure they qualify, while Chelsea will book their place in the last-16 if they beat Lille at home.

"We nearly won it, nearly lost it. It was end to end, not that we wanted it to be," Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said.

Valencia coach Albert Celades added: "The sensation in our dressing room is that we have missed a very good chance to qualify for the next round. But to get to the last game with our fate in our hands is not bad."

Victory for either side at Mestalla would have sent them through and Valencia went ahead when Soler scored in the 40th minute after team mate Maxi Gomez had missed two gilt-edged opportunities.

Yet Kovacic levelled for Chelsea two minutes later, netting for the first time in 122 club games.

Chelsea's top scorer Tammy Abraham was carried off on a stretcher with a serious-looking injury before halftime, although Lampard said after the game the striker had only suffered a knock to the hip.

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Chelsea came away with a point from the Mestalla after an enthralling contest with Valencia to leave their Champions League group in the balance. The Blues started brightly but could not make their early pressure count, and paid the price when Carlos Soler put Valencia in front shortly before

CHELSEA will guarantee qualification for the Champions League knockout stages if they beat Lille in their final game. The Blues left Valencia with a point from a pulsating 2-2 draw in a game that had everything but a Abraham taken off on a stretcher after heavy fall during Champions League clash.

a group of men playing a game of football: Champions League - Group H - Valencia v Chelsea© Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS Champions League - Group H - Valencia v Chelsea

Valencia defender Jose Gaya was also taken off on a stretcher after fulltime having collapsed on the pitch.

United States international Pulisic put Lampard's side ahead in the 50th minute after a lengthy VAR review ruled him onside.

Christian Pulisic, Frank Lampard playing football on a field: Champions League - Group H - Valencia v Chelsea© Reuters/SERGIO PEREZ Champions League - Group H - Valencia v Chelsea WASTEFUL VALENCIA

Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno missed an open goal later in the half and then the home side were awarded a penalty.

But captain Parejo was denied from the spot by Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, spurning a second penalty in the competition after also missing in the defeat to Ajax Amsterdam.

The Spaniards eventually levelled in the 82nd minute with a remarkable goal from Danish midfielder Wass, who looked set to cross from the right wing but instead flummoxed Arrizabalaga by firing a shot across goal which bounced off the far post and into the net.

a group of young men playing a game of football: Champions League - Group H - Valencia v Chelsea© Reuters/ANDREW BOYERS Champions League - Group H - Valencia v Chelsea

Valencia should have won the game in added time when Rodrigo failed to connect properly with a cross from close range, while Chelsea had a shot cleared off the line before then and Valencia keeper Jasper Cillessen denied Michy Batshuayi.

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"Parts of our performance I'm not mad on. We gave away too many chances. We missed a lot as well," said Lampard.

"They were arriving in our box too much. Credit to the players for their work-rate and hanging on in there, but sometimes you have to be more secure than that."

Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay added: "We had a lot of chances and we deserved to win but we have to believe we can win and go through in Amsterdam."

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