Manchester City’s youngsters took the plaudits in the latest round of UEFA Youth League games as they destroyed Bayern Munich’s Under-19 side with a thumping 6-0 victory.
City’s youth side now sit at the top of Group D with a maximum six points from six and a staggering goal difference of plus nine, which puts them ahead of CSKA Moscow on goal difference.
It was City’s 17-year-old captain Marcos Lopes who stole the show, with the Brazilian midfielder bagging a hat-trick. Jason Denayer, Devante Cole and George Glendon also got on the score sheet.
Chelsea’s Under-19 side also managed to keep a clean sheet as they stuck four past Steaua Bucharest, matching the result of the senior side.
There was a brace for 17-year-old striker Alex Kiwomya, who now has three goals and two assists from his two appearances in the competition so far. Central midfielder John Swift also bagged two goals to match the stats of Kiwomya after two games.
Chelsea find themselves joint top of Group E alongside German side FC Schalke, with both youth teams having the exact same record from group games so far; two games, two wins, eight goals scored and yet to concede.
Arsenal’s youngsters also played superbly and strolled to a 4-1 win against their Italian opponents, Napoli.
Arsenal lead their group ahead of Napoli following the victory with a perfect record so far and a goal difference of plus six. They completely dominated the match having twice as many efforts on goal.
It was Chuba Akpom who stole the show alongside striker Austin Lipman with both players bagging braces. Akpom could have had a hat-trick but missed a penalty towards the end of the game.
Manchester United’s youngsters were the only English based team to lose in the latest round of games, as they were edged out against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.
The match couldn’t have started worse for Nicky Butt’s side with captain Liam Grimshaw putting through his own net inside the third minute.
To their credit, United dug in throughout the match, producing more efforts on goal than their opponents and that pressure told in the closing stages when James Wilson bagged the equaliser.
However, a feeling of ‘job done’ seemed to stamp itself across the United side with Shakhtar grabbing the winner with just three minutes of normal play left.
United now have it all to do as they sit third in Group A behind Real Sociedad at the top of the group table and Shakhtar in second.
The next round of fixtures will be played between October 22 and October 24.
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