A little late with the round-up of Saturday’s Youth Cup Group results this week, but here they are in all their glory. Tables are here.
Bayern maintain their perfect defence of the trophy with victory over ever-disappointing Benfica, while Genoa swap places in the table with Barcelona after a famous win in the Camp Nou.
Manchester United’s victory over Juventus was reversed when it emerged that manager Greg Owen fielded a ringer in goal.
Dortmund also maintain their perfect start to the Youth Cup, in complete contrast to their senior team. The win over Real Madrid heaps yet more pressure on their boss Beddows, who has now gone into hiding/therapy where he is reportedly writing children’s fantasy fiction to pass the time until their next win in the SMFA Shield.
A third German club, Leverkusen, also have a perfect start after four games, with a great victory at last season’s beaten Shield finalists, Flamengo.
* Hoffenheim fielded an overage player.
Good win for Milan over Stoke keeps them in touch with leaders Villa, who surprisingly dropped points at home to Napoli.
Group E is turning out to be the Group of Death, with only five points separating first from sixth. Bottom club Liverpool got their first points on the board with a victory over Espanyol.
The big match between the top two was spoiled somewhat by Basel playing an overage team. That allowed Sunderland to take advantage and leapfrog them into second. Basel were looking set for qualification for the Cup knockout stage, but may now have to settle for the Spoon.
Swansea are still searching for their first point.
Another tight group (if you ignore pointless Spurs), with only five points separating first from fifth.
Another close one, with just four points separating the Cup, Shield and Spoon qualifying places from first to fourth.
First point of the campaign for Besiktas, with a creditable draw at second placed Lazio.
Just three points separate first and fifth, the difference between qualifying for the Cup knockout stage or nothing at all. It really is that tight down at the bottom!
Cologne’s impressive win in Russia catapults them into second, while the Spoon Army will be disappointed to gift the advantage to Crystal Palace by fielding overage players.