Chelsea may have to defeat Lille on matchday six if they are to qualify for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League after being held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia in Spain this evening.

Daniel Wass netted a late equaliser for the home side to keep their hopes alive and leave Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in limbo.

Willian and Tammy Abraham both went close early on for The Blues before Maxi Gomez produced a shocking air shot at the other end with the goal gaping.

Gomez should have scored on the half-hour but again failed to find the back of the net before Valencia took the lead when Carlos Soler converted from a Rodrigo Moreno shot.

Chelsea’s response was instant. Mateo Kovacic took aim from distance and his low effort found the corner of the Valencia net.

Lampard’s side took the lead eight minutes into the second half when Christian Pulisic flicked the ball into the net. The goal was given following a VAR review.

An entertaining match took a further twist when Valencia were awarded a penalty kick. Daniel Parejo stepped up to take it but Kepa Arrizabalaga guessed right and saved the spot kick.

Arrizabalaga went from hero to zero with eight minutes left went he misjudged a Wass cross and the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Chelsea chased a winning goal and Michy Batshuayi looked set to score at the death until home keeper Jasper Cillessen denied the Belgian with a stunning block to ensure a point for his side.

The Blues return to action on Saturday when West Ham United are the visitors to Stamford Bridge.

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I am Dan Pentland football writer and reporter at various levels including the English Football League, FA Women's Super League and in UEFA and FIFA affiliated competitions. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk

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