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Sport Ajax 0-1 Chelsea: Batshuayi late show earns huge win for Blues

22:15  23 october  2019
22:15  23 october  2019 Source:

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a group of people playing football in front of a crowd: Chelsea celebrate with Michy Batshuayi © Getty Images Chelsea celebrate with Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi's late strike earned Chelsea a 1-0 win at Ajax in Wednesday's Champions League Group H encounter in Amsterdam.

The Belgium striker thumped home fellow substitute Christian Pulisic's low cross with just four minutes remaining at Johan Cruijff ArenA to earn the Blues back-to-back way wins in the competition.

Batshuayi had earlier wasted a gilt-edged chance for Frank Lampard's side in a game that had been struggling to get going.

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Ajax will feel aggrieved not to have taken at least a point, though, with Quincy Promes on the wrong end of the narrowest of offside calls and Edson Alvarez hitting the post in the second half.

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Joel Veltman struck narrowly wide of the right post from 25 yards and Donny van de Beek saw a sweetly hit volley blocked by Kurt Zouma as Ajax started with purpose.

Chelsea gained a foothold, though, and Mason Mount's low drive was well parried by Andre Onana before Callum Hudson-Odoi flashed an effort wide from the left of the box.

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The Blues were spared going behind by the narrowest of margins when VAR ruled Promes was offside by a matter of inches after he turned in Hakim Ziyech's deflected shot.

Ajax delivered another almighty scare on the hour when Alvarez's diving header from Promes' corner cannoned off the right-hand post.

Chelsea really ought to have made Ajax pay when Batshuayi, who had only just replaced Tammy Abraham, blazed over when Mount's shot deflected kindly into his path.

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But Batshuayi did not make the same mistake twice.

Pulisic did brilliantly to get to the left byline and, although the cross was behind him, Batshuayi thumped a left-footed strike off the underside of the crossbar to secure three vital away points.

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'We're in a really dangerous place' - Lampard hits out at VAR over surprising penalty decision .
The Blues boss was less than impressed with how the technology was used on Saturday as his side were forced to hang on for a narrow winThe Blues recorded their fifth straight top-flight victory to move up to third in the table, with Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic scoring in either half.

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