Chelsea under-19s came from behind, both in normal time and in the penalty shootout, to eventually emerge as victors in the UEFA Youth League semi-final clash against Porto.
Porto led the game and looked odds-on to put the two-times winners out of the competition with 10 minutes remaining but Josh Grant’s equaliser four minutes from time took the semi-final contest to penalties and Jamie Cumming, our goalkeeper, proved the hero in the shootout as he saved three spot-kicks to send us into Monday’s final against Barcelona.
Reacting to the final outcome in that nervy encounter, youth team manager Joe Edwards said: “It’s certainly a nervy way to win.
“From a coach’s point of view, it’s not the way you’d always want to win but in terms of a penalty shootout, we were due a win really.
“We’ve had three this season in the Checkatrade Trophy and lost one in the semi-final, which was a massive game for us, so we know how the Porto boys feel. Some of our players have been in shootouts this season and missed, they remember that feeling so to have the courage to step up and score is a big credit to them.
“It was a really tough game because both teams had spells where they were dominant. I think overall across the 90 minutes we just about shaded it but we usually dominate games so that shows Porto gave us a really good challenge.”