Chelsea Under-19s were denied three points in their opening UEFA Youth League match of the season with Valencia battling back to secure a 3-3 draw at The Blues’ Cobham training base this afternoon.
A topsy turvy encounter saw Chelsea edge into a 3-2 lead with half an hour to go but they couldn’t hold out for victory against a really troublesome Valencia side.
Henry Lawrence fired an early effort narrowly over the bar for The Blues early on before Hugo Gonzalez Sotos struck a post for the visitors.
Chelsea were given a lifeline four minutes later when Valencia captain Hugo Guillamon committed a handball in his own box. Tino Anjorin stepped up to take the spot kick and successfully slotted the ball home to level matters.
Joe Edwards’ side were not on terms for long. Valencia midfielder Koba Koindredi took aim from distance and the ball flew into the Chelsea net via the post with keeper Karlo Ziger a spectator.
Valencia soon self-destructed again when Yunus Musah tripped Tariq Lamptey in the box. Chelsea were awarded a penalty kick as a result with Anjorin netting his second goal of the game.
The home side took the lead for the first time in the game just after the hour mark. Lamptey delivered a ball onto the foot of Armando Broja and the forward placed the ball beyond visiting keeper Joaquin Blazquez.
The Spaniards then piled the pressure on as they looked to equalise themselves. Blues keeper Ziger pulled off a stunning save from Koindredi before he also denied Pablo Gozalbez. Ziger also clawed a Jose Lechon header onto the bar as Chelsea somehow retained their advantage.
It looked as though the South West Londoners had done enough until Koindredi netted from a free-kick delivery into the area to make it 3-3 with just six minutes left.
Chelsea resume their UEFA Youth League campaign on 2 October when they travel to France to take on Lille.