Valencia have crashed out of the Uefa Youth League after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Chelsea – despite appearing to score all of their own penalties. After a 1-1 draw in the last-16 tie at Chelsea's Cobham training complex, it was left for a penalty shootout to decide the contest but a monumental error from officials appears to have cost the Spaniards.
Stepping up to take his side's first spot kick after seeing Charlie Colkett put the Blues 1-0 up, Alberto Gil found the bottom right hand corner of the net, but watched on as his effort bounced back off the stanchion behind goal and came back out.
Replays showed his effort had gone in, but officials watching on judged Gil's effort to have gone wide. Chelsea went onto to secure a 5-3 win to seal a place in the last eight of the competition, leaving the away side furious.
Mason Mount, Scott Kyle Scott and Kasey Palmer all went onto convert their penalties, with the latter finding the back of the net through a paneka, earning an angry reaction from goalkeeper Antonia Sivera. Tammy Abraham converted his side's final spot-kick.
Earlier in the match, Chelsea had taken the lead through Jay Dasilva before a penalty from Carlos Soler in normal time levelled the contest.
The penalty decision understandably sparked fury among those linked with the club. First team manager Gary Neville described the incident as "scandalous", while striker Paco Alcacer labelled it "inexplicable."
Chelsea will meet either Ajax or Lyon in the quarter-final of the competition.