Valencia 2-2 Chelsea: Dramatic Mestalla draw sees Group H qualification go to final game
Valencia vs Chelsea
Champions League Group H
5:55pm Wednesday 27th November
The eligibility for the last 16 of the Champions League of chelsea will go following a draw with Valencia.
A win for either side at the Mestalla would have delivered them and the deadlock broke in the 40th minute. Mateo Kovacic levelled for Chelsea after, but the half ended on a sour note when Tammy Abraham was stretchered off to the stroke of half-time.
Five minutes after the break, Christian Pulisic (50) had a goal ruled out for offside, but the decision has been overturned after a lengthy VAR review. Only confusion reigned when Valencia were awarded a penalty, but Dani Parejo’s effort was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Chelsea looked to be heading in the last 16, but there was still another late spin when Daniel Wass’ cross (82) pinged into the back of the internet through the crossbar to send qualifications from Group H to the final game-week in a fortnight’s time.
Knowing a win will see them , Chelsea should have scored within three minutes and began the game well. Reece James picked out an Willian inside the box and place a sensational cross to the area. However, from close range, he could only send his header over the crossbar.
Maxi Gomez should double have contributed the lead as the half lasted to Valencia. From the 19th minute, Rodrigo squared the ball for him but he mistimed his kick from two yards from the ball ran past him. Not long after, it had been another Rodrigo cross which discovered Gomez again at the trunk and went beyond Ferran Torres in the middle, but he sent his shot across the face of goal.
Valencia’keeper Jasper Cillessen was called into action from the 39th minute fingertip save in an Abraham shooter, but Valencia moved forward. Rodrigo was the supplier, set down the right-hand side, with his cross matched through an unmarked Soler, that managed to slot home. Even the goalkeeper got a hand to it, but was unable to keep out it.
47 minutes and one minute Chelsea hauled themselves level. Valencia Twist viewed the ball to Kovacic’s feet, who revealed some excellent control before sweeping the ball goalwards, through Torres’ legs. It then wriggled below Cillessen – that should have saved it to see the scores level.
However, in the initial period’s final minute, Chelsea suffered a setback as Abraham picked up a injury. He climbed to meet a corner but he landed on his back and seemed to be in real pain, as he came back down. He began walking off the area but eventually had to use the stretcher to receive back to the dressing room.
Five minutes into the second halfand VAR made itself known in the Mestalla. James whipped another cross which Kurt Zouma nodded on to poke at home. The linesman ruled the goal out for offside however, after a VAR inspection of around three seconds, the 3D lines revealed Pulisic had been, in actuality, onside and the goal was awarded.
Valencia would have believed there was some sort of retribution if they were awarded a penalty 12 minutes after Jorginho was adjudged to have fouled Jose Gaya in the place. Confusion reigned since the Felix Zwayer appeared to award the spot-kick as Parejo put the ball on the spot however, VAR appeared to have given it after a critique. However, Kepa jumped the means to save his campaign and keep Chelsea.
But in keeping with the remarkable experience in a manner, it was a goal that secured the purpose. Wass was fed the side by Parejo, before dispersing a cross to the region, which divides the post before hammering Kepa in the objective.
Kovacic got his goal – his first to get Chelsea on his 71st appearance – turning to the ball and shooting low into the bottom corner from outside the box. He had a moment afterwards when he placed a effort too.
He was a great outlet for Chelsea moving and together with the youngsters getting many of plaudits this season, his contributions cannot be overlooked.
Chelsea come back in action on Saturday, according to West Ham at Stamford Bridge at the Premier League (kick-off 3pm). To get Valencia, they host Villarreal at La Liga on Saturday (kick-off 8pm).
In just two weeks’ period, Lille will be hosted by Chelsea as they seem to secure their place in the last 16, since the 3 groups fight it out for 37, while Valencia will take on Ajax.