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City u19s hit Bayern for six

City u19s hit Bayern for six
U19 Uefa Youth League
U19 Uefa Youth League
Tue 25 Nov
City u19s retained a flawless record in this term’s UEFA Youth League by smashing six past Bayern Munich.

Tosin Adarabioyo and Brandon Barker were on both on the scoresheet, while Jack Byrne and Bersant Celina grabbed two apiece as a totally superior City put their German counterparts to the sword.

The 6-0 scoreline exactly mirrored the home game from last season, when Marcos Lopes hit a hat-trick in City’s second match in the inaugural year of the competition.  

A classy display and a 4-2 victory against CSKA Moscow earlier this month meant that qualification for the post-Christmas knockout rounds was already secure, and City went into this fixture knowing that a point from their last two games would be enough to seal top spot in the group.

However, Patrick Vieira clearly had eyes on all three and selected a strong side for this visit of the Germans.

There were just two changes from the XI that started against Roma, with Mathias Bossaerts replacing Ashley Smith-Brown at right back, while Celina was rewarded for his recent form for the u18s with a start up front in the absence of Jose Angel Pozo.

Kean Bryan wore the captain’s armband, while Thierry Ambrose and Brandon Barker were charged with supporting Celina from the wings.

Bayern Munich made five changes from the side that lost 4-1 to City in the group’s opening game in September, and were aiming to beat Vieira’s men for the first time in four meetings at this level.

City started strongly and Barker and Ambrose were leaving their opposing full backs in some considerable dust from the first minute.

The first of an excellent series of crosses from Ambrose found Byrne lurking with intent after just seven minutes, but he was called back for a foul on the keeper.

However, City didn’t take long to turn their total dominance of the opening stages into the first goal of the afternoon. The visitors were unable to clear a corner and Angelino whipped the ball back into the box, where Barker and Bossaerts headed the ball between themselves to play in Adarabioyo, who finished with aplomb from close range.

Barker might have made it two with a header from the back stick after a sensational, teasing cross from Ambrose but he found the gloves of Caruso in the way.

However, the England youth international took just 24 minutes to double City’s lead with a superb strike. After a neat interchange of passes with Olivier Ntcham, he let fly and found the far corner with a fantastic finish from the edge of the area.

Celina made it three just before the half hour mark, curling the ball past the keeper’s clutching fingers after latching onto another wonderful cross from Ambrose on the right wing.

It was a fantastic first half from all those wearing blue shirts, who controlled possession and refused to give Bayern much of a sniff at goal. Gunn was rarely involved thanks to the diligence of Bryan, Adarabioyo and Maffeo in front of him, determined to keep a clean sheet to complement the goals at the other end.

City emerged unchanged in formation or personnel after the break, but it was a much slower start to the second period with City seeking to play the ball around between themselves and control the pace of the game, rather than immediately looking to unlock the Bayern defence.

However, Jack Byrne was on hand to grab a fourth with a silky finish, lifting the ball over the keeper after Ambrose had once again thwarted his opposite number and left the Bayern defence in disarray.

The Frenchman had two chances to quick succession to get on the scoresheet, but each time he found Caruso in his way.

Martinovic blasted Bayern’s best chance wide of the post, but largely the German forwards were feeding on scraps and were unable to test Angus Gunn between City’s sticks.

At the other end, City were rampant and searching for more. Byrne curled a perfectly-placed free kick into the top corner after Angelino was taken down in full flow, and Celina completed the rout late on, impudently lifting the ball over the onrushing keeper after being played in seemlessly by Maffeo.

There was just time for Gunn to push away Scholl’s shot in stoppage time, but the result never looked in doubt and City march on, with a home tie to look forward to in the New Year. 

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