Chelsea soars with impressive away win at Ajax
Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea celebrates his scoring with Jorginho of Chelsea during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Ajax Amsterdam and Chelsea

Chelsea have moved into top spot in their UEFA Champions League group after Michy Batshuayi’s late goal sealed a 1-0 win away to Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday night.

The Blues broke the deadlock in the 85th minute to stun last season’s UEFA Champions League semi-finalists, who had won both of their opening Group H matches.

Ajax’s Quincy Promes had a first-half goal disallowed by the Video Assistant Referee, while Edson Alvarez hit the post in the second half.

Chelsea deserved the win, though, with an impressive away display, moving them to seven points and ahead of Ajax on the group standings.

In the other Group H match, Jonathan Ikone equalised deep into stoppage-time to earn Lille a 1-1 draw with 10-man Valencia.

In Group E, Liverpool eased past Belgian champions Genk 4-1 on the road, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring a double.

Genk were aggrieved when a first-half goal from Mbwana Samatta, which would’ve made it 1-1, disallowed by the VAR for a tight offside on Junya Ito.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah netted goals in the final quarter of an hour before Genk got a consolation through Stephen Odey.

Liverpool remain second in the group behind Napoli who edged a thrilling five-goal contest away to Red Bull Salzburg 3-2.

Dries Mertens scored twice in the win to overtake Diego Maradona as Napoli’s second highest all-time scorer.

In Group F, Barcelona needed a second-half Peter Olayinka own goal to overcome Slavia Prague 2-1 away.

Internazionale moved into second in the group with a 2-0 home win over Borussia Dortmund, although the sides are level on four points.

In Group G, RB Leipzig had to come from behind, with Marcel Sabitzer netting a spectacular volley, to record a 2-1 win over Zenit St Petersburg.

Leipzig are top of the group, ahead of the Russians, while Benfica claimed their first points with a 2-1 home win over Olympique Lyon after a late howler from Portuguese goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Ben somerford
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Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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