A Chelsea side made up of under-19 players have reached the final of this season’s UEFA Youth League after beating Porto 5-4 on penalties in the semi-finals following a 2-2 draw in normal time.
Daishawn Redan and Josh Grant got Chelsea’s two goals while goalkeeper Jamie Cumming was in fine form in the shootout and The Blues made history at UEFA headquarters in Nyon.
There was little to separate the two sides in glorious conditions in Switzerland until Redan broke the deadlock with 29 minutes on the clock. Luke McCormick’s effort was initially saved by Porto keeper Diogo Costa but striker Redan was on hand to place the rebound into the net.
Juan Castillo was close to making it 2-0 soon after the goal but the player’s shot went just wide before Porto equalised when Diogo Leite headed in from a corner kick.
Costa then did wonderfully well to keep a Dujon Sterling header out of the net as the half ended 1-1.
The start of the second half saw McCormick and Callum Hudson-Odoi fail to trouble Costa while a Conor Gallagher effort tested the Porto keeper.
Chelsea came close to regaining the lead when Harvey St Clair’s strike hit the post before the Blues keeper Cumming saved well from a Santiago Irala effort.
A manic last 10 minutes produced a goal for both sides. First, Porto took the lead when substitute Joao Mario bundled the ball into the net after Cumming had blocked Romario Baro’s shot. Chelsea were down but not out and when Porto failed to clear a corner kick, Grant fired the ball into the net with a shot on the turn.
In the shootout, Charlie Brown missed his spot kick but Blues keeper Cumming was the hero with three saves as Joe Edwards’ men advanced 5-4 on penalties.