Chelsea successfully defended their Uefa Youth League title on Monday (18 April) in Nyon, Switzerland by defeating Paris Saint-Germain 2-1. The Blues side, coached by Adrian Viveash, are unbeaten in the competition since November 2014 and extended their enviable record with a nail-biting victory at the Stade Colovray. They became the first club at any age group to retain the European Cup.
The west London club took the lead in the 10th minute courtesy of a goal from 18-year-old defender Fikayo Tomori, who turned in the rebound from Jake Clarke-Salter's headed effort.
But Tomori's joy was short lived, as he conceded a penalty just two minutes later when he fouled Christopher Nkunku inside the Chelsea box. Thankfully for the defender, his blushes were spared by his goalkeeper Bradley Collins, who saved Jean-Kévin Augustin's effort from 12 yards.
In a topsy-turvy first-half, Chelsea were denied a clear-cut penalty of their own on 31 minutes, when the talented Jacob Maddox was felled in the box only for the referee to wave away his impassioned appeals.
Early in the second period, Paris Saint-Germain pressed forward, looking for an equalising goal. And their persistent pressure paid off in the 59th minute as Yakou Meïté found the bottom corner with a powerful, curling effort. The score did not remain level for very long, however, as less than two minutes later the defending champions cut a hole through the middle of the Parisians' backline and Kasey Palmer slotted the ball past Rémy Descamps in goal.
The French side pressed forward in the final 20 minutes of the game, launching wave after wave of attack on the Chelsea goal. But through a combination of resolute defending and some shocking finishing – with Christopher Nkunku guilty of a particularly glaring miss – Chelsea were able to hold on for the win and retain their title.