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EFL Trophy success for young Blues


Chelsea's development squad beat League One side Portsmouth to go through to the quarter-finals of the EFL Trophy!

Chelsea are the one of only two U21 sides left in the competition, which pits Premier League development squads against League One and League Two opponents.

Charly Musonda, who has played in two games for the Chelsea first team this season, scored both goals as the Blues won 2-1.

The winner was a beautiful curling free-kick which fizzed into the corner in the 95th minute!

The Belgian was joined in attack by Harvey St Clair and Callum Hudson-Odoi, while Ruben Sammut, Kyle Scott and Jacob Maddox were in midfield.

The back four of Dujon Sterling, Ethan Ampadu, Trevoh Chalobah and Josh Grant protected Marcin Bulka in goal.

Bulka was the first goalkeeper called into make a good save, diving low to palm a long-range drive away from danger.

Hudson-Odoi was played in a few minutes later by St Clair, but the striker was forced too wide and his shot was easily smothered by the Pompey goalkeeper.

Bulka then made two brilliant quick-fire saves, first getting a strong hand to a header before reacting to kick away a volleyed strike.

The young Polish shotstopper was definitely the busiest between the sticks, and was called into action again before half-time, leaping to tip away an awkward looping shot.

The Blues went ahead just before the hour-mark. Musonda and Scott exchanged a neat one-two as they charged into the Pompey penalty area, and Musonda finished Scott's cut-back into the far corner.

The goal gave Chelsea confidence, and they looked for a second, but Portsmouth equalised two minutes into extra time. The defence failed to clear a cross, and the Pompey striker was given an easy finish.

Both sides had seconds to find a winner, so when Chelsea won a free-kick just before the final whistle, they knew it was their big chance.

Calm as you like, Musonda stepped up and curled the ball over the wall and into the bottom corner of the goal.

The Blues find out who they face in the quarter-final draw on Thursday!

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