Levante vs Espanyol – Youth Cup Final, 1st leg – Match Report

The Top100 Youth Cup final was an electrifying match that left fans on the edge of their seats. Levante, managed by Salvatore Zerbo, took on Espanyol, led by Glen Mullan, in the first leg of what promised to be a nail-biting final. It was Levante’s fourth final in five seasons, and they were determined to claim the title once again. However, for Mullan and his Espanyol squad, it was their first final appearance, an incredible achievement considering it was their first time entering the competition.

The match kicked off with a flurry of action from Levante, as Karim Adeyemi played the ball to Enzo Fernández, who curled in a shot towards goal. The ball was perfectly placed, creeping just inside the post to give Levante an early lead! Levante continued to pile on the pressure, and in the 18th minute, Fernández played the ball to Adeyemi, who fired in a powerful shot that flew past the helpless Espanyol keeper. The crowd erupted in excitement as Levante took a commanding 2-0 lead.

But Espanyol wasn’t going down without a fight. In the 20th minute, Angelo Stiller received the ball from Luiz Henrique and fired a low shot that zipped across the turf and just missed the goal. Espanyol continued to push forward, creating chances, but Levante’s defense held firm.

In the 35th minute, Levante was awarded a penalty, and Adeyemi stepped up to take it. He tried to put it in the top corner, and the ball went in off the bar, extending Levante’s lead to 3-0. The crowd went wild with excitement as Levante headed into halftime with a comfortable lead.

The second half started with Espanyol pushing forward, trying to claw their way back into the match. Levante’s defense held firm, and in the 60th minute, Rodrygo passed to Fernández, who struck a powerful shot at goal. The ball was perfectly placed, creeping just inside the post to extend Levante’s lead to 4-0. Espanyol tried to respond, but Levante’s attacking players were in top form, and in the 67th minute, Ramsey passed to Rodrygo, who fired in a shot that snuck in, giving Levante a commanding 5-0 lead!

Espanyol didn’t give up, and in the 77th minute, Brennan Johnson played the ball to Stiller, who struck a shot at goal that the keeper got a touch on but couldn’t quite keep out. The Espanyol fans erupted in excitement as they finally got on the scoreboard, but it was too little, too late.

The match ended with a resounding 5-1 victory for Levante. It was an incredible performance from Salvatore Zerbo’s squad, who put on a clinic in attacking play. Espanyol, led by Glen Mullan, fought hard but couldn’t overcome the firepower of their opponents. With the first leg in the books, fans eagerly await the second leg of what promises to be an exciting and dramatic final.

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