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Valencia 2-2 Chelsea: 4 Talking Points | UEFA Champions League 2019-20

Ferdie
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
28 Nov 2019, 10:57 IST

Kovacic scored his first Chelsea goal against Valencia
Kovacic scored his first Chelsea goal against Valencia

A thrilling contest that could've swung either way ended with both sides sharing the points. Both Valencia and visitors Chelsea came from behind at some point but evidently neither could do more.

The home side created plenty of early chances, and although Chelsea weren't without their own, Valencia looked more likely to open the scoring. They did so in the 40th minute through Carlos Soler only for Mateo Kovacic to equalise for Chelsea less than a minute later with his first-ever goal for the club.

Early in the second half, Christian Pulisic put Chelsea ahead and although the goal was initially ruled out for offside, it was awarded to the Blues by VAR after a lengthy delay. It sparked a more open game that saw Valencia throw caution to the wind. But it was not until the 82nd minute that Daniel Wass' wayward cross would loop over Kepa to find the back of the net.

While neither side would be happy with the result, Valencia have the more difficult task of facing Ajax in the final game that could decide their fate in the group.


#4 Valencia's missed chances

Maxi Gomez couldn
Maxi Gomez couldn't finish off some easy chances

Although the spotlight of missed chances on the night will fall to Maxi Gomez whose shocking miss at 0-0 in the first half set the tone for Valencia's game. He would go on to miss a couple more clear chances as well. Granted that included a good save by Kepa but the forward's squandered chances were symptomatic of Valencia's inability finish off their big chances.

Parejo will take a fair share of the blame as well having missed from the spot, but Rodrigo had a chance to make it all right towards the end of the game. His opportunity was similar to the one Maxi Gomez had at the start and the end product form both was the same.

Had valencia shown more composure in front of goal, they may have had a different result on the night.

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