The players of Ajax do not seem convinced that the goal of Quincy Promes in the Champions League match against Chelsea (0-1 loss) was rightly rejected. The attacker hit the Johan Cruijff ArenA in the 35th minute, but after interference from the VAR it remained 0-0.
An image of the UEFA, which uses an accurate measuring system, shows that Promes is offside for a few centimeters with his shoulder and foot. The question is, however, whether this is precisely the moment that Hakim Ziyech passes.
The ball seems to be a bit away from Ziyech's foot and that could make that few centimeters difference for Promes. "I just heard that the VAR might have made a mistake and that it should have just been a goal," said Daley Blind shortly after the match in the mixed zone.
"I have only seen one photo now and still have to look at the images well. So it is quick to judge already, but if it really is, then I feel robbed. The VAR is there to make the game fairer and so it would be a real shame if the VAR went wrong. "
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"I don't buy anything for it"
Captain Dusan Tadic found it difficult to accept the rejected goal. "I just looked at a picture. It might be like that and maybe not like that. And if it is, then it only saves a millimeter. That makes it difficult," said the Serbian.
Promes, who slid the ball in with his right foot, would rather not get involved in the discussion. "I already counted the goal, but the VAR saw it differently and then I can do nothing but accept that. But it is sour," the Orange-international responded. "And I don't buy anything for it if it is different."
Partly due to the rejection of the goal, Ajax-Chelsea seemed to turn 0-0, but in the 86th minute Chelsea substitute Michy Batshuayi shot the Londoners to a 0-1 win.
Chelsea is therefore also in the lead in group H with six points. Ajax also has six points and a better goal balance, but the mutual result is the deciding factor in the Champions League. The other match in group H went between Lille and Valencia and ended in 1-1.
Stand in group H
- 1. Chelsea 3-6 (+1)
- 2. Ajax 3-6 (+5)
- 3. Valencia 3-4 (-2)
- 4. Lille 3-1 (-4)
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