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Chelsea reach FA Youth Cup final for record seventh consecutive time

Chelsea have sailed into the FA Youth Cup final after victory over Birmingham City in last night's semifinal second-leg.

A record seventh consecutive final appearance was safely secured by Chelsea youngsters at Stamford Bridge as they continued the defence of their crown in emphatic fashion.

The Blues have sailed into another final with an aggregate score of 26-0 over six matches, the first time they've reached the last two without conceding since 1961.

It took half an hour of a fairly one-sided contest for the hosts to break the deadlock in SW6 but Callum Hudson-Odoi's brace, the first a brilliant free-kick and the second a trademark run and finish cutting in from the left, along with Charlie Brown's 20th of the campaign, gave Chelsea a healthy half-time lead.

Birmingham's woodwork was rattled on three occasions as Jody Morris's side demonstrated graft and glitz on the big stage, with Tariq Uwakwe adding a fourth after an hour.

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