Youth Cup Group Stage Final Round Matches


It’s the final round of group stage fixtures in the Youth Cup on Saturday, so what better time to have a quick preview and see what it means for qualification for the Knockout Stages of the Youth Cup and Youth Shield.

Remember:

  • Top two in each Group qualify for the Youth Cup
  • Everyone else goes into the Youth Shield
  • Best 10 Group Winners get a bye into the 2nd Knockout Round of the Cup
  • Best 10 third placed teams get a bye into the 2nd Knockout Round of the Shield
  • Leaving the remaining 12 to play in Round 1
  • 6 winners from R1, plus 10 byes leaves 16 in R2
  • Losers are out – not entry into the Shield
  • All Rounds will be over two legs, home and away
  • Same format for Cup and Shield

Apologies if the formatting of the tables is a bit funny, not much I seem to be able to do about that.

Group A

Team W D L SD PTS
Juventus 3 1 1 3 10
Benfica 2 2 1 3 8
Bayern Munich 2 1 2 -2 7
Atletico Madrid 0 2 3 -4 2
Benfica host holders Juventus in their final group game, knowing that they need to win to guarantee qualification for the Cup knockout stage. Anything less, and they will be relying on Bayern failing to beat winless Atletico in Madrid. The German giants know that a draw won’t be enough due to the Portuguese club’s far superior goal difference.

Group B

Team W D L SD PTS
Real Madrid 4 1 0 4 13
Manchester City 1 2 2 0 5
Manchester United 1 2 2 -1 5
Barcelona 0 3 2 -3 3
Winless Barcelona host Manchester United knowing that they must win to have any hope of qualifying for the Cup knockout stage. Even a win might not be enough for Barca if Manchester City can take a point or more from Group B winners Real Madrid.

Group C

Team W D L SD PTS
Hamburger SV 3 1 1 4 10
Anderlecht 2 3 0 4 9
Aston Villa 1 2 2 -3 5
Chelsea 1 0 4 -5 3
Hamburg and Anderlecht both qualified already, so their final games, at home to Villa and Chelsea, respectively, will decide if either will get a bye as one of the best 10 group winners.

Group D

Team W D L SD PTS
Espanyol 5 0 0 13 15
Independiente 3 0 2 3 9
Club Brugge 2 0 3 -3 6
Dinamo Zagreb II 0 0 5 -13 0
Group D winners Espanyol host second placed Independiente, for whom even a defeat could be good enough for qualification for the Cup knockout stage. That will depend on Club Brugge failing to beat a completely pointless Zagreb team, a result on which the bookies are refusing to accept bets.

Group E

Team W D L SD PTS
Genoa 2 3 0 2 9
Hoffenheim 2 1 2 4 7
Napoli U21 2 1 2 0 7
Sassuolo 1 1 3 -6 4
Hoffenheim host Sassuolo knowing they must win to almost certainly guarantee qualification for the Cup knockout stage. Anything less could let in Napoli, who must beat leaders Genoa at home to qualify. Genoa need to avoid defeat, while Sassuolo are realistically out of it with their -6 goal difference. 

Group F

Team W D L SD PTS
Liverpool 3 1 1 3 10
Newcastle United 3 0 2 -1 9
Levante 2 0 3 0 6
FC Bordeaux 1 1 3 -2 4
Levante travel to Bordeaux knowing only victory will offer them any hope of qualification. They would still need Newcastle to lose at home to leaders Liverpool.

Group G

Team W D L SD PTS
Sevilla 3 1 1 6 10
Borussia Monchengladbach 3 1 1 5 10
AC Milan 2 1 2 1 7
Roma 0 1 4 -12 1
Winless wonders Roma have nothing to play for as they host Monchengladbach in their final game. That leaves Milan praying for a three points and a miracle at home to leaders Sevilla.

Group H

Team W D L SD PTS
SS Lazio 3 0 2 5 9
Villarreal 3 0 2 -2 9
Celta Vigo 2 2 1 1 8
Atalanta 0 2 3 -4 2
Villarreal could be home and dry if manager Bruin hadn’t decided it was more important for him to go sun himself on a beach somewhere. As a consequence, they will need to avoid defeat at home against fellow Spaniards Celta Vigo, who must win. Leaders Lazio can win the group at winless Atalanta.

Group I

Team W D L SD PTS
Dynamo Kyiv 2 2 1 -1 8
Inter Milan 2 1 2 4 7
Leverkusen 1 3 1 -1 6
Malaga 2 0 3 -2 6
Group I has become this season’s ‘Group of Death’ with just two points separating top from bottom. Leverkusen host Malaga with both teams need to win. If they fail, Inter know that a draw would be enough for them in their home tie with leaders Kyiv. Tight!

Group J

Team W D L SD PTS
Sporting 4 1 0 6 13
Sampdoria 4 0 1 6 12
Southampton 0 2 3 -6 2
PSV 0 1 4 -6 1
Group J is completely the opposite to Group I, with Sporting and Sampdoria comfortably qualified already, and facing off in Italy to see who will be group winners and get a bye into the second round of the Cup knockout stage.

Group K

Team W D L SD PTS
Bremen 3 1 1 4 10
Torinio 2 1 2 -1 7
FC Basel 2 0 3 -1 6
AZ 2 0 3 -2 6
Leaders Bremen host Basel knowing that only a heavy defeat is likely to put their qualification at risk, and only then if Torino overcome AZ at home.

2 comments

  1. Thanks, Michael. Seriously, though, on my laptop viewing directly on the blog, the formatting is wrong. In my feed reader it's perfect. Maybe just my browser, or other settings which is making it look odd.Probably just a minor annoyance.

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