A goal in each half subjected Andy Myers’ young Chelsea side to a 2-0 defeat to Lille in their second UEFA Youth League group match this afternoon.
The Blues gained a point from their opening tie against Valencia at Cobham a couple of weeks ago but they fell short against their latest opponents in France this afternoon.
Chelsea looked dangerous in the first half and Armando Broja went close before Tino Anjorin saw an effort ruled out for offside.
It was Anjorin who was unlucky not to break the deadlock five minutes before half-time when he saw a shot rattle the post. Chelsea were made to rue that miss moments later when goalkeeper Nicolas Tie’s week got worse when he fouled Aguibou Camara to concede a penalty kick, four days after coming up with two errors for the Development Squad. Noah Fatar stepped up to successful convert from 12 yards.
The quality of both sides’ attacks were noticeably poor for most of the second half. A Marc Guehi effort was blocked by Lucas Chevalier but Joe Haigh could only strike the loose ball against the post.
Lille made sure of the win in second half stoppage time when Fadiga Ouattara raced away to beat Tie.
Chelsea fans will be hoping for better fortunes from the senior side at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy this evening.