Manchester United and ManchesterCity got their UEFA under-19 campaigns off to winning starts.
There were fears for youth football around Europe when it was announced the NextGen Series would be postponed this season due to a lack of funding, only for UEFA to launch their own competition instead.
Known as the 'UEFA Youth League', the first round began on Tuesday evening with clubs playing fixtures corresponding to the Champions League games being played by the full squads.
The English contingent, Manchester United and Manchester City led the way for their senior counterparts by both scoring four goals to see off their opponents.
10-man Manchester United needed an 89th minute winner from the prolific James Wilson, who coolly stroked home from the penalty spot to win an entertaining 4-3 encounter.
Wilson had scored the games opener after 10 minutes, with Ben Pearson and Andreas Pereira the other goalscorers for the Red Devils. Impressive Leverkusen attacking midfielder Marc Brasnic grabbed a brace for the visitors.
Manchester City were perhaps even more impressive, winning 4-1 against Czech side Viktoria Plzen.
City's impressive attacker Marco Lopes helped himself to two goals, showing the potential which saw Roberto Mancini hand him a debut in last season's FA Cup.
Austrian youngster Sinan Bytiqi opened the scoring for City with an early strike, with Andy Cole's son Devante also finding the net.
While United did not compete, City had disappointing results in the NextGen Series last year, and regardless of the level of opponent, Patrick Vieira will have been delighted to see his side get their campaign off to a winning start.
Which of the goalscorers in the two teams have most chance of breaking into the first team?
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