Chelsea’s senior squad have had a torrid time this season but the young brigade at Stamford Bridge kept marching on even if it was in controversial manner in the UEFA youth cup.
Chelsea won the penalty shoot-out against Gary Neville’s Valencia after both teams were level at 1-1 after extra time.
However, the real drama did not unfold till the penalty shootout.
Alberto Gil put one in for Valencia in the shootout and with the keeper beaten, the ball seemed to have gone in off the post. But the referee wrongly disallowed the goal judging it to not have gone in.
Replays showed that the ball bounced inside the line before bouncing out making the penalty legitimate but the referee even in the midst of protests from the Valencia team disallowed the goal.
Chelsea went on to score all of their remaining spot kicks knocking the Spanish side out of the competition and it was not a surprise to see the manager upset about the proceedings.
Gary Neville took to Twitter to vent his frustrations and branded what happened in the shootout as Scandalous.
Though UEFA will look into the matter and may even pave way for a replay, these incidents do not reflect well on the officials and will surely dent the goodwill of the sporting institution.
There was more drama later on with Kasey Palmer’s penalty after the youngster decided to panenka his spot-kick into the back of the net, then proceeded to unnecessarily whack the ball back into the goal as it was dropping.
This annoyed ‘keeper Sivera, who was nearly hit, and the pair squared up to each other, all in all quite entertaining for an afternoon youth match!
Earlier in the day, Jay Dasilva scored the first goal of the match just before half time to give Chelsea the lead. But Valencia equalized immediately, Carlos Soler netting with a penalty after Rafael Mir was fouled by keeper Bradley Collins.
The visitors were awarded another penalty, this time after a foul by Jake Clarke-Salter. Fran Villalba blasted over from the spot – and his team’s penalty misery continued in the shoot-out when the whole controversy of the disallowed penalty started.
Chelsea are now into the quarter finals of the UEFA Youth Cup this season.