UYL report: Chelsea 3 Zenit St Petersburg 1
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Three second-half goals sealed a come-from-behind victory for Chelsea Under-19s as we kicked off our UEFA Youth League campaign with a win at Cobham.
Zenit St Petersburg were the visitors in a warm-up for this evening’s senior Champions League action and the Russians made it tough with a resilient opening during which they took a surprise lead through Evgeny Kim.
The Blues were wasteful at times but finally turned the game on its head with three quick goals in 20 minutes in the second period. Charlie Webster fired us level before Harvey Vale dispatched a penalty and Jude Soonsup-Bell rounded off the scoring
Following the cancellation of last season’s competition due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this was the first UEFA Youth League team picked by Andy Myers in 21 months and it therefore contained plenty of new faces experiencing European club football at this level for the first time.
The only survivors from the side that started a 1-1 draw with Lille at Cobham in December 2019 were Sam McClelland, who captained the young Blues in this latest outing, and Dion Rankine.