Chelsea did their chances of reaching the Champions League knockout stages the world of good after beating Ajax 1-0 at the Johan Cruyff ArenA.
Substitute Michy Batshuayi’s late strike was all that separated the two sides on a night where it looked like he had fluffed the visitors’ big chance to win the game.
The Belgian found himself free in the box moments after he came on but fired the ball over the bar, but he made his next chance count.
Earlier, the hosts thought they’d taken the lead but Quincy Promes’ effort on the stretch was ruled out for offside following a VAR review.
The result sees the Blues leapfrog last season’s semi-finalists at the top of Group H in a performance that could be a coming of age for Frank Lampard’s men.
The game started off at a frenetic place but the first meaningful chance of the game came in the 15th minute when Mason Mount’s low effort forced Ajax keeper Andre Onana into a smart save.
Lampard’s men almost had the lead just before the half-hour mark as Callum Hudson-Odoi’s effort fizzed narrowly wide of the post.
But it was the hosts who found the net first through Quincy Promes, however, the effort was chalked off as the Dutch international was just about offside when Hakim Ziyech’s cross from the right came in.
Chelsea had the post to thank just shy of 60 minutes when Edson Alvarez’s glancing header struck the post with Kepa Arrizabalaga beaten all ends up.
Batshuayi was brought on for in-form Tammy Abraham and almost made an immediate impact.
Christian Pulisic’s deflected shot dropped kindly to the Belgian in the box but Batshuayi did not show the composure required and blazed the ball high over the bar.
It looked like the Premier League side would have to settle for a point but Batshuayi made no mistake on 85 minutes.
Some good work from Pulisic from the left saw him carve out a low cross and the striker crashed the ball in off the bar to give Chelsea the win, their sixth on the bounce in all competitions.