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Chelsea salvage draw to keep slim hopes alive

Chelsea U19s drew their second successive game in the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday afternoon with a 1 – 1 draw against AC Milan U19s in Cobham.

AC Milan opened the scoring first in the 10th minute when Serbian centre-back Jan-Carlo Simic tapped in the rebound. Leo Castledine 65th minute equaliser salvaged a point for Chelsea, although both sides could have easily snatched a winner later on in the game.

As Group E stands, AC Milan are leaders with 5 points and Chelsea are at the bottom with 2 points. The latter needed to win this game to boost their chances of qualifying to the round of 16 of this competition. Whilst, a win for AC Milan would have strengthened their chances of securing qualification to the next round of the competition.

Both teams started with the right intentions, but it was Chelsea who had the first chance of the game in the 6th minute as Kiano Dyer’s shot was comfortably saved by AC Milan keeper, Lapo Nava.

Four minutes later AC Milan scored their first goal of the game as right-winger, Chaka Traore’s free kick was horribly parried by Ted Curd into the path of Simic, who easily tapped in the rebound to give his side the lead.

Chelsea increased their intensity as soon as they fell behind as they had chances to equalise through Jude Soonsup-Bell as he tested the opponent’s keeper twice.

Zeroli had a good chance to increase Milan’s lead in the 34th minute. Traore easily went past Zak Sturge with his pace and trickery, he then delivered a low cross into Zeroli who failed to hit the target.

Just before half time, Harrison McMahon headed a cross from Mendel-Idowu onto the post and it was a huge let off from the visitors.

From the restart, Edward Brand’s side continued where they left off and Leo Castledine, had a shot inside the AC Milan box, which was parried away by Nava, and then McMahon blazed his shot over the bar minutes later.

Chelsea deservedly, got their equaliser just past the hour mark and it was a very nice team goal. Josh Acheampong, drove into the central area of the pitch, he then passed to Soonsup-Bell who then released Sturge on the left-hand side who then produced a low cross into Casteldine to tuck away the equaliser.

AC Milan hit the cross bar from a corner by Jordan Longhi and then El Hilali’s curling effort was saved by Curd.

The last 15 minutes of the game became very scrappy as both sides searched for a winner. Chelsea substitute Tyrique George thought he had gotten the winner very late on as his shot narrowly went wide of goal.

An entertaining game ended in a 1 -1 draw as both teams will lock horns next week Tuesday in Italy.


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