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Chelsea defeat Zenit in UYL opener

Chelsea have won their opening UEFA Youth League tie with Zenit St Petersburg 3-1.

Three second-half goals sealed a come-from-behind victory for Chelsea Under-19s as they kicked off the 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 level before Harvey Vale dispatched a penalty and Jude Soonsup-Bell rounded off the scoring late on.\


TEAMS:

Chelsea (3-4-3) Teddy Sharman-Lowe; Brodi Hughes, Sam McClelland (c), Bashir Humphreys (Billy Gee 57); Dion Rankine (Ben Elliott 77), Charlie Webster (Joe Haigh 60), Lewis Hall (Leo Castledine 77), Silko Thomas; Ronnie Stutter (Bryan Fiabema 77), Jude Soonsup-Bell, Harvey Vale
Unused subs Teddy Curd, Jayden Wareham
Scorers Webster 52; Vale (pen) 69; Soonsup-Bell 72
Booked Hall 20; Soonsup-Bell 27

Zenit (4-3-3) Daniil Odoevski; Elisei Emelianov (Matvey Troshchenkov 56), Artem Kasimov, Arseniy Zigangirov (c) (Valerii Murzakov 67), Aleksandr Sanrdachuk; Evgeny Kim (Roni Mikhailovskii 75), Ruslan Khailoev, Ilia Rodionov (Vladislav Saus 56); Andrey Maryanov, Akim Belokhonov (Savva Kotov 75), Daniil Kuznetsov
Unused subs Georgii Korolev, Aleksandr Emilianov
Scorer Kim 33
Sent off Kasimov 68
Booked Emelianov 12

Referee Rob Hennessy from Ireland


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