Just after the hour mark, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta snuck in at the far post to get the faintest of touches onto Tammy Abraham's wayward shot and spark hope of a revival. Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Assistant referees. Eight minutes later, Jorginho scored his second penalty of the match -- but not before referee Gianluca Rocchi took center stage. That goal sparked wild scenes in every corner of Stamford Bridge -- bar the empty one without any Ajax fans -- and there were still 15 minutes left for Chelsea to find a winner that just 10 minutes ago seemed so improbable. The big problem is that many fouls are still down to judgement and it can’t be exactly the same all the time, but hopefully this will help to iron out the inconsistencies and make it fairer across the board. It seems there was a referee’s gathering where they discussed and reviewed multiple games and decisions, and this was one of them.

(CNN) Eight goals, two red cards, two penalties and a three-goal comeback. The referee adjudged that an infraction had occurred in the build-up to the strike after viewing the pitch-side monitor, and the scoreline was returned to 4-4. Not that this will be any consolation to Ajax right now, but if football can learn and improve then most supporters will be grateful.

Last season, the Champions League bore witness to some stunning comebacks; Liverpool's famous Anfield turnaround against Barcelona and Tottenham's Houdini act away to Ajax to name the two most memorable. The main decision seems to be the penalty and red card awarded against Joel Veltman, where the report suggests that the referees who reviewed the foul would have reversed it. Ajax captain Dusan Tadic has blasted the referee of "destroying" his team's hopes of victory against Chelsea. Match info . Chelsea's this evening set an early marker for this season that will surely be hard to top. He added: “It should have made the game more honest, but – and this is also in Holland – the decisions at times take too long, and the players are afraid of celebrating because they are not sure. UEFA referee admits mistakes were made during Ajax vs Chelsea in the Champions league and may have cost the Dutch side €11.3m Video: Dimitri Payet shows outstanding skill and poise to score from a RIDICULOUS angle. Ajax supporters had been denied tickets to this match by UEFA following crowd trouble during the Dutch club's recent trip to Valencia, and so the corner of this stadium usually reserved for some of Europe's most raucous fans was empty.
The second yellow for Veltman is a bit harsh; you are already getting a penalty so why also send him off. Both sides traded what they must have thought were knockout blows throughout the tie, only for the other to haul itself off the canvas -- for Ajax, it came with a helping hand from VAR. 05/11/2019. Kepa Arrizabalaga scores an unfortunate own goal. Those Ajax fans watching on television back in the Netherlands must have been agog as the match descended into brilliant chaos and became one the all-time great Champions League clashes. The decision seemed harsh enough, with the ball taking a huge deflection before hitting Veltman's arm, but Rocchi then proceeded to send the Dutchman off for the perceived infraction. Gianluca Rocchi is the target of much criticism in the Netherlands after his game-changing refereeing performance in Chelsea’s 4-4 draw with Ajax. Ajax players react after the referee sends off two players and awards Chelsea a penalty. The first came as Promes nodded home from Ziyech's sublime cross and the second was something of a freak goal. (CNN)Eight goals, two red cards, two penalties and a three-goal comeback. Hakim Ziyech, a silky player many expected to leave Ajax in the summer, was instrumental to both the second and third goals.

“In all fairness, Chelsea did well after Ajax went down by two men. “But other than that, Chelsea fought their way back into the game.”. Both cards Blind received were fair, but it is no surprise the Ajax players crowded Rocchi in the wake of the double dismissal. The Dutch side drew 4-4 at Stamford Bridge in an extraordinary game which saw Chelsea nearly come back from 4-1 down to win 5-4 until VAR ruled out Cesar Azpilicueta's late goal. After Jorginho's successful penalty made it 4-3, that left Ajax with 20 minutes to hold for the win with just nine men and neither of its central defenders. Cesar Azpilicueta celebrates after scoring what he thought was the winning goals, only for it to be disallowed by VAR.

Updated 2321 GMT (0721 HKT) November 5, 2019. Admittedly it’s not the ref in question who has owned up to this, but Dutch outlet Telegraaf has reported that a UEFA referee has admitted that there were errors made in the 4-4 draw between Chelsea and Ajax in the Champions League this season. This service is provided on talkSPORT Ltd's Terms of Use in accordance with our Privacy Policy. VAR has been hugely contentious since being introduced into English football – it debuted in the Premier League this season after a couple of years being trialled in cup competitions – and Zenden admits there have been similar problems with the technology in the Eredivisie as well. The first half was eventful enough -- in fact, make that the opening four minutes. Rocchi was at the centre of proceedings as the Blues fought back from three goals down to rescue a valuable point, aided by the visitors conceding two penalties AND having two men sent off. It seems the first red card shouldn’t have been shown. While the first spot kick was a sure thing, the second – for a handball by Joel Veltman – was far less certain, and the defender being sent off for what looked to be a minor offence seemed truly unfair. The Moroccan's whipped free-kick cannoned off the far post and hit Kepa Arrizabalaga square in the face before going over the line. “It’s not going the right way, and we have to try and make it more honest, like the goal line technology when it’s ‘is it in or is it not?’, “Sometimes with the VAR we see the dots and lines [for offsides] are not even straight! Arsenal and Spurs win EL openers, Greenwood warned, CR7 to miss Messi reunion, Man United news live: 'Delusional fans', Ziyech backs Van de Beek to shine, Arsenal news: Arteta on Leno howler, Partey full debut, Ozil hails 'respectful' Wenger, Bale makes second full Spurs debut as LASK are put to the sword, Rangers star Roofe breaks UEL record with stunning goal from own half vs Standard Liege, The major role Bale played in Reguilon's arrival at Tottenham, Arsenal recover from Leno howler as Aubameyang nets winner vs Rapid Vienna, Arsenal hand trial to club legend’s son as he trains with U23s, Arsenal ponder move for former striker... who they sold to PSV for just £540,000, Warnock blames Mike Riley for Van Dijk/Pickford VAR shocker in scathing referees rant, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Download the talkSPORT app NOW – the best way to listen live, Red Star Belgrade vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT, Atalanta vs Manchester City (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2, Lazio vs Celtic (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2, Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT, Nottingham Forest vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2, Southampton vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2, Leicester vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT, Cardiff vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2.
The Italian official first sent off Daley Blind -- a deserved second yellow for a wild lunge -- then awarded Chelsea a penalty for a handball by Joel Veltman. That means they will miss out on at least €11.3m in prize money for not making the next round. Jorginho coolly steps up to equalize for Chelsea. Filippo Meli (ITA) Giorgio Peretti (ITA) Video Assistant Referee. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. When Donny van de Beek put Ajax 4-1 up after an hour Stamford Bridge was almost completely silent. Many were expecting Chelsea and Ajax, two of this season's most exciting young teams in Europe, to serve up a treat at Stamford Bridge, but none would have predicted quite how crazy it would become. Rocchi was at the centre of proceedings as t… Ajax players react after the referee sends off two players and awards Chelsea a penalty.

Despite being down to nine men, Ajax still pressed and a winner for the Dutch side would have been fitting for such a madcap game. It managed to hold on for just another four minutes, as Reece James reacted first after Kurt Zouma's header came off the crossbar, drilling a low shot into the far corner.

Chelsea v Ajax facts. It’s a slippery slope to go down with the report also suggesting that various VAR decisions are being reviewed, so more clubs might start to kick off if they learn that they lost a game due to an incorrect decision.

Speaking to talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Zenden said: “In Holland, where most the people are for Ajax, they’re all complaining about the referee and that Chelsea were given an opportunity to come back into the game. Before Chelsea had a chance to breathe, Ajax was suddenly 3-1 up. It gets worse because it seems they admit that these decisions negatively affected Ajax, and they would probably have qualified otherwise. “But if Blind is on a yellow card why take the risk of getting a second yellow? There was always going to be a problem with VAR if it turned out that the wrong decisions had been made, and this could be one of the first examples of admissions of fault being made. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week. And the referee’s showing at Stamford Bridge has been the big subject in the Netherlands today, according to former Chelsea and Holland star Bolo Zenden. Azpilicueta thought he had made himself the unlikeliest of heroes when he hammered home a fantastic half-volley, but it would be VAR that would have the last laugh in west London as Abraham was ruled to have handled in the buildup. Both sides went in search of a late winner and both goalkeepers made fantastic saves to keep the scores level; Andre Onana's stop from Michy Batshuayi was particularly brilliant. Chelsea were also affected by Rocchi and his officiating team, as VAR ruled out what could have been a winning goal, scored by Cesar Azpilicueta to make it 5-4. Stamford Bridge, London.

I mean, come on… how hard can it be with today’s technology?”. Remarkably, the visitor came desperately close to pulling off an unlikely victory when Kepa saved superbly from Lisandro Martínez. Gianluca Rocchi is the target of much criticism in the Netherlands after his game-changing refereeing performance in Chelsea’s 4-4 draw with Ajax. After Quincy Promes' free-kick was inadvertently diverted into his own goal by Tammy Abraham, Jorginho equalized from the penalty spot just 67 seconds later after Christian Pulisic was clumsily taken down. That was a bit harsh. Referee. His dismissal came seconds after Daley Blind was also shown red for a second bookable offence, having brought down Tammy Abraham just outside the penalty area. When the referee blew his whistle to signal the end of the game with the scores tied at 4-4, you were left wondering how it wasn't more.

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