Keeper Bradley Collins was among the heroes, saving four spot kicks as Chelsea’s youngsters overcame Oxford in a mammoth penalty shootout.
Chelsea’s under-21 side set an English record for the longest ever penalty shootout on Tuesday as they defeated Oxford United 13-12 after a whopping 34 spot kicks.
The victory came after Oxford player Wes Thomas missed his kick in the seventeenth round.
Marco van Ginkel and keeper Bradley Collins missed for the Blues while Ola Aina and Josh Grant saw their efforts saved by the Oxford keeper.
Collins saved four spot kicks for Chelsea.
Collins is the hero for #CFCDev! He scores himself and then saves as we win the Checkatrade Trophy shootout 13-12.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 8, 2016
Despite the victory, Chelsea failed to progress after finishing bottom of their group.
The epic shootout broke the previous record of 32 kicks set by Scunthorpe United and Worcester in a 2014 FA Cup game and equalled in August by Derby County and Carlisle United in another EFL Cup tie.
The result inevitably lead to some entertaining tweets.
Chelsea U23's have beaten Oxford United in the EFL Trophy after a THIRTY-FOUR penalty shoot-out ?? pic.twitter.com/m9d7qVGbFA
— TheODDSbible (@TheOddsBible) November 8, 2016
Forget Munich: if you witnessed the great 2016 Checkatrade Trophy victorious penalties elimination, you really lived through history.
— Dan Levene (@danlevene) November 8, 2016
Don’t let anyone tell you that the EFL Cup is a waste of time ever again!