UEFA Youth League round-up: Man United out, Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City all through

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Arsenal were the only English side to lose in the final round of group games in the UEFA youth League.

It was fairly good news all round for the English sides as the UEFA Youth League group stage came to an end with only Manchester United failing to make it through to the next phase of the competition.

United finished bottom of their group, Manchester City finished second and both London sides won their groups as the youngsters wait to see who they will come up against in the next round.

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Here is how the sides did in their final group games.

Manchester United 1-1 Shakhtar Donetsk

Shakhtar’s point against Manchester United ensured they finished as runners up in Group A in a match that United were probably unlucky not to win.

The first-half saw a fairly cagey affair between the sides, as both started with a chance of finishing second in the group or in Shakhtar’s case, finishing as the group winners ahead of Real Sociedad.

The first goal came after the break when Oleksandr Zinchenko scored in the 77th minute to give his side the advantage. United responded well but despite a late equaliser from Ashley Fletcher and plenty of pressure, they were not able to force the win.

Chelsea 5-0 Steaua Bucharest

Chelsea destroyed Steaua Bucharest to finish the group stage with a perfect record of six wins from six matches, 18 goals scored and just a single goal conceded.

Chelsea dominated throughout the game and saw 15 efforts on goal with seven on target as Steaua rarely got a chance to get on the ball and get into the game during the 90 minutes.

John Swift opened the scoring following a fast Chelsea start before a brace from Islam Feruz put Chelsea 3-0 up and in full control of the game. Alexander Kiwomya added a fourth just before the break before Ambrose Gnahore completed the scoring.

Chelsea will definitely be one of the sides that all other teams in the competition will be looking to avoid.

Bayern Munich 0-0 Manchester City

City were not able to repeat the success of the senior side in Germany but their point ensured the finished above Bayern Munich and second in their group behind CSKA Moscow.

City thrashed this young Bayern side earlier in the competition but they were clearly wary of going too hard too early, seemingly content to try and soak up possession and pressure with a point all that was needed.

Devante Cole was one of the best attacking players on the pitch for City and on another occasion, he could easily have bagged a couple of goals seeing good efforts saved in both the first and second halves.

City will take a lot of confidence forward because no other team in their group scored more goals and defensively they were solid, conceding just four.

Napoli 2-1 Arsenal

Arsenal mirrored their senior side with defeat in Italy but they still finished top of their group ahead of the Italian side on goal difference.

The Gunners finished with the lowest number of points from any group winner but they showed good attacking flair and have a chance to cut out some of their basic defensive weaknesses.

In a match where there were only four chances on target throughout the game, it was the Italian side that went ahead through Gerardo Rubino in the 34th minute.

Arsenal worked hard during the first-half and the message at half-time seemed to get through with Chuba Akpom scoring the equaliser after an hour following a good spell of pressure from the young Gunners.

However, they were not able to protect their lead for long when Gennaro Tutino bagged the winner just after the 70 minute mark.

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