A Chelsea side made up of Under-19 players defeated Molde FK 4-0 in the second leg of their UEFA Youth League knockout tie in Norway this evening.
The Blues were already leading 10-1 from the first leg but Joe Edwards’ side showed no mercy to their opponents as they netted another four goals to their tally.
Chelsea dominated the opening stages of the match but had to wait until just after the half hour mark to make the breakthrough. Some sloppy play at the back from the home side let in Tino Anjorin who produced a simple finish beyond home keeper Hermann Raested.
Anjorin went close to scoring a second goal soon after but blazed his effort over the bar as the first half ended 1-0 in The Blues’ favour.
Edwards’ men struggled to create clear goalscoring chances after the break with the Chelsea attack being kept quiet by some relatively organised home defending.
The Blues finally grabbed their second goal of the game 10 minutes from time when Ian Maatsen teed up Charlie Brown who expertly lobbed Raested.
The floodgates opened following that strike and Brown soon rifled in his second goal from distance before repeating the feat in injury time to complete his hat-trick.
Chelsea’s 4-0 win on the night means that Edwards’ side advance as 14-1 winners on aggregate. Their reward is a two-legged tie against Swedish club IF Elfsborg in the next round.