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Free-scoring Chelsea ease past Milan

Chelsea FC 4-1 AC Milan
Two eye-catching goals from Lewis Baker, one a free-kick, helped Chelsea to a seventh successive win and a place in the quarter-finals.

Free-scoring Chelsea ease past Milan
Free-scoring Chelsea ease past Milan ©UEFA.com

A goal in each half from captain Lewis Baker inspired free-scoring Chelsea FC to a comfortable victory against AC Milan and a berth in the UEFA Youth League quarter-finals.

Baker's second of the match on 74 minutes, adding to Jeremie Boga's strike shortly after the break, made it 3-0 to a Chelsea side who have registered four times or more on four occasions in the inaugural competition. Alex Kiwomya's calm finish rubberstamped the English team's seventh win in as many European games this term, rendering Andrea Petagna's late header a mere consolation.  

After a tight first period, Baker broke the deadlock on the cusp of half-time with a perfectly placed free-kick, giving Stefano Gori no chance after being fouled by Stefan Simič. Eight minutes after the interval Boga doubled the hosts' advantage with a fine, albeit largely unopposed, solo run and dipping right-foot shot.

Baker found the net again with the goal of the match, his fifth of the campaign. As the Rossoneri failed to clear their lines, the ball fell to the England Under-19 international on the edge of the box and he sent a spectacular dipping effort into the top corner.

With Milan chasing the game, Kiwomya hit them on the counter to put the tie completely out of reach. The Rossoneri eventually pulled one back through Petagna, who headed in substitute Mario Piccinocchi's corner. Chelsea will host FC Schalke 04 in the last eight next month.