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Our Under-19s were eliminated from the UEFA Youth League after a 2-1 defeat to Valencia this afternoon.
It was a well contested match with Chelsea having chances but failing to convert them. Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour, who has already made his first team debut this season, missed an early penalty.
A point would have been enough to keep qualification in our own hands heading into the final group game at home to Lille.
Valencia broke the deadlock with practically their first foray into the Chelsea box through a set-piece. Joseda was gifted the chance to score from a few yards after a mistake from Karlo Ziger following a free-kick delivery.
Henry Lawrence’s neat finish midway through the first half drew us level before Valencia hit us on the counter-attack in the latter stages through Jordi Escobar.
Chelsea (4-3-3) Karlo Ziger; Tariq Lamptey, Marc Guehi (c), Clinton Mola, Ian Maatsen; Billy Gilmour, Lewis Bate (Myles Peart-Harris 69), Tino Anjorin; Henry Lawrence, Armando Broja, Thierno Ballo (George Nunn 79)
Unused subs Nicolas Tie, Dynel Simeu, Marcel Lewis, Sam McClelland, Xavier Simons
Scorer Lawrence 26
Valencia (4-4-2) Carlos Perez Sanchez; Xavi Estacio, Adria Bosch Sanchis, Joseda, Jesus Vazquez (David Ruiz Montero 68); Hugo Gonzalez Sotos (Gaston Kappes 68), Yunus Musah (Jose Lechon 90+2), Koba Koindredi, Antonio Garcia Navas (Ignacio Garre 61); Pablo Gozalbez (c) (Noha Ndombasi Nlandu 90+2), Jordi Escobar
Unused subs Juan Aucejo, Jairo Sierra
Scorers Joseda 20; Escobar 76
Referee Jonathan Lardot from Belgium