Piece of Caique for Flamengo, Robert Skov’s the Lot for Leverkusen, and City Taught Spanish Lesson


A quick and dirty round-up of all last night’s Youth Cup action.

Group A

Genoa CFC 1 – 3 Bayern
Manchester United 2 – 1 Barcelona
SL Benfica 0 – 2 Juventus

A dominant performance from reigning champions Bayern in Genoa sees them top of the table after two games. The game was all square at one each at half-time, but the German team showed much more attacking intent in the second half. Man of the Match Ante Coric scored two fine goals leaving the Italian side rock bottom at this early stage.
Manchester United fairly comfortably overcame Barcelona with new signing Gabriel Barbosa playing for the first time, following his £19M transfer from Marseille. Gabigol marked his debut with a goal in the first minute the Man of the Match award, to leave United level with Bayern in the table.
Two red cards for Benfica saw their hopes of a first point fade after the hour mark, and Juve recovered well last week’s defeat against Bayern to take the three points back to Turin. Adrain Semper recorded a clean sheet and won the Man of the Match award for his efforts.

Group B

Atlético Madrid 1 – 2 Dortmund
Chelsea 2 – 2 Arsenal
Real Madrid 3 – 1 Hellas Verona
Another goalkeeping Man of the Match performance, this time from Dortmund’s Pedro Silva, helped his side to a second successive victory, and a second defeat for Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal twice came from behind at Stamford Bridge, thanks to a double from Man of the Match Tammy Abraham. First point each for both clubs.
Real Madrid swept aside Hellas Verona with two goals and an assist from match-winner Jose Luis Sierra. The three points puts Madrid top on goal difference.

Group C

Hoffenheim 0 – 3 Flamengo
Leverkusen 4 – 1 Independiente
Valencia CF 0 – 3*
Olympique Marseille
Hoffenheim saw lots of the ball, but Flamengo finished their chances clinically, and their goalkeeper Caique made saves look easy as pie with his second consecutive clean sheet.
A disappointing Independiente side were torn apart in Leverkusen. Robert Skov made three first half goals, then scored the fourth to earn a well-deserved Man of the Match. The German team are joint top with Flamengo, while the Argentines sit pointless with Hoffenheim at the bottom of the table.
* Marseille were awarded a 3-0 win after Valencia played their first team.

Group D

AC Milan 0 – 1 Aston Villa
SSC Napoli 1 – 3 Everton
AS Roma 0 – 3* Stoke City
Aston Villa continued their great start with a well-deserved victory in Milan. Keeper Kamara kept a second clean sheet, while Man of the Match Lautaro Martinez set up the decisive goal for skipper Joachim Anderson to put the Villains top of the table.
A brilliant counter-attacking display saw Everton take home all three points in Naples to join Villa at the top of the table.
A default 3-0 for Stoke in Rome, as the home side fielded their senior team, means all three English clubs won in Italy.

Group E

Liverpool 1 – 2 Sevilla
Manchester City 2 – 3 Espanyol
Newcastle United 1 – 2 Sporting CP

All three English clubs lost at home to their Iberian opponents in Group E.

Reigning Youth Shield champions Sevilla deservedly won at Anfield to go top of Group E, leaving the Merseysiders propping up the table.
In one of the matches of the day at the Etihad, City came from behind to lead 2-1 just after the hour. Despite dominating the play and the chances, they somehow threw it all away as Isaac Mbenza scored a late stunning free-kick to mark his hat-trick and three points for Espanyol.
16 year old Pietro Pellegri, on loan from Genoa, scored the winner for Sporting in their game at Newcastle.

Group F

Dynamo Kyiv 1 – 2 Sassuolo
RSC Anderlecht 2 – 1 Swansea City
Sunderland 1 – 2 FC Basel

Sassuolo played for an hour with ten men, but still managed an important victory in Kyiv.

Anderlecht came from behind to beat Swansea, who finished the game with nine players following two red cards.
New signing Isaac Success was an instant hit scoring both goals in a Man of the Match performance at the Stadium of Light. Basel are joint top with Anderlecht.

Group G

ACF Fiorentina 0 – 1 Internazionale
Augsburg 0 – 3*
Shakhtar Donetsk
Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 4 H. Berlin

Inter recorded a comfortable win in Florence, while Berlin ran riot in North London, thanks in no small part to three assists from Hassane Bande.

* Augsburg played an overage team gifting Shakhtar the win.

Group H

Beşiktaş JK 0 – 3* Udinese 
Club Brugge KV 0 – 3* Villarreal CF
Girondins Bordeaux 0 – 3 SS Lazio

All three games finished 0-3 in Group H.

Lazio took all their chances to take three points from a very unlucky Bordeaux.
* Brugge and Besiktas both fielded overage players.

Group I

Leicester City 1 – 3 Cologne
Lokomotiv Moskva 1 – 3 São Paulo FC
Crystal Palace 1 – 3 Celta Vigo

All three games finished 1-3 in Group I.

The Spoon Army, fresh from victory in Turin, marched on Moscow to witness another double from Sofian Kiyine.
A stunning hat-trick from Bassem Srarfi saw Celta Vigo win easily in South London to go top of the table.

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