Chelsea have fallen at the final hurdle again in the UEFA Youth League after they were defeated 3-1 by FC Porto in Nyon this evening.
The Blues found themselves in the final for the second consecutive year but were comfortably beaten in Switzerland.
Joe Edwards’ men could have been behind after just 15 minutes but Fabio Silva lost composure in-front of goal after rounding Blues keeper Karlo Ziger.
That near miss proved to be a huge warning for Chelsea and they did concede moments later when Angel Torres put in a dangerous cross and Fabio Vieira was on-hand to tap the ball into the empty net.
Porto pushed for a second goal and Joao Mario twice went close. His first effort forced a good save from Chelsea keeper Ziger before he took aim for a second time soon after but was denied what could have been a goal by a heroic block by Joseph Colley.
Joao Mario flashed a dangerous effort across goal 10 minutes before the interval before Luke McCormick scuffed a rare Chelsea chance at Porto keeper Diogo Costa at the other end.
Chelsea levelled matters eight minutes into the second half when Juan Castillo’s cross was expertly directed into the net by the head of Daishawn Redan.
Sadly for Edwards’ men, that was as close to the trophy as they were going to get. Ziger was in the right place to deny Diogo Leite from scoring but he was helpless a few minutes later when Diogo Queiros scrambled the ball into the net.
Porto substitute Alfonso Sousa made sure of his side’s victory 15 minutes from time when he rifled in a third and Chelsea simply had no answer as they fell to another UEFA Youth League final defeat.