Surprising stat: Ajax only had two shots on target when they had 11 players on the pitch

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Chelsea vs Ajax at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night was a thrilling and exhilarating game as both teams attacked with reckless abandon to put up a show at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea came back from 4-1 to draw the game 4-4 at Stamford Bridge and the Blues were even close to getting all three points at the Bridge.

With the game at 4-2, referee Gianluca Rocchi gave two Ajax players red card and Ajax attacker Dusan Tadic believes the referee destroyed Ajax’s game.

“We should be furious. The referee destroyed our game,” Tadic said on Veronica TV.

“We had everything under control. I just don’t understand why he gives two red cards in one episode. I don’t understand. I have never experienced anything like this I still have to check it, but I don’t even agree: give red twice in the same action.

“After those two red cards, it became a completely different game. We can be proud of ourselves. It was just not possible to play soccer with nine men. We had everything in our hands, were much better … We should have won tonight.”

Surprisingly, stats show that for all of Ajax’s play, they only got two shots on target when they were complete on the pitch, which was two of the goals they scored as two of their remaining goals were own goals conceded by Chelsea players.

It was even when they had nine men that they managed to get three shots on targets. Meanwhile Chelsea had 23 shots last night, nine were on target, nine off and five blocked.

Up until the red cards, Ajax shaded the possession (50.2 per cent). Thereafter we had 68.2 per cent of the ball, meaning the overall possession stats read were 53.8 per cent in our favour.

Jorginho made the most successful passes (57) on the pitch and, of those players who started the game, enjoyed the best completion rate (92 per cent) and Willian made a game-high four key passes.

Meanwhile, Jorginho showed his importance in the middle of the park as he spent the most time on the ball (7.8 per cent) and had the most touches (78).

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