UEFA Youth League round-up: Chelsea among first to qualify, Arsenal draw in Dortmund

Chelsea’s youngsters won 1-0 against FC Schalke while Arsenal secured a 2-2 draw away at Borussia Dortmund.

 Chelsea 1-0 FC Schalke

Chelsea became one of the first teams to qualify for the next round of the UEFA Youth League following a 1-0 victory over FC Schalke.

The narrow win enabled Chelsea to maintain their perfect start to the Europa League, as they currently sit top of group e having won all four games, with a six point cushion over Schalke in second place.

Chelsea had to dig in throughout the game against the German side, showcasing their superb defensive organisation as Schalke piled on the pressure looking for a goal.

The only goal of the game came from Lewis Baker in the 17th minute, which was one of only three shots on target the Blues had in the entire game.

Mitchell Beeney was regularly tested throughout the game as Schalke forced eight shots on goal, with five shots on target but the Blues’ back four held firm and saw out the game.

Chelsea are yet to concede a single goal in the tournament.

Having secured their place in the next round of the competition, Chelsea’s youngsters could rotate against Steaua Bucharest and FC Basel with fringe players stepping in to gain experience and a chance.

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Arsenal

Arsenal will be extremely disappointed with their draw against Borussia Dortmund because they let a two goal lead slip.

Austin Lipman put the Gunners 1-0 up before a Jon Toral goal in the 36th minute gave the Gunners a cushion they weren’t able to protect.

Dortmund responded quickly with a goal from Ogun Gumustas before Nick Weber caught Arsenal napping and equalised just after half-time, with neither side able to push on and force a winner.

Arsenal maintain their lead at the top of group f with a two point cushion over Napoli in second place and a three point cushion over Dortmund in third place and the Gunners are still unbeaten in the competition so far.

image: © Jason Bagley

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