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NextGen Series Quarter Final: Spurs 1-0 Liverpool

Shaquile Coulthirst celebrates the only goal of the game

Tottenham Hotspur have reached the semi-finals of the NextGen Series following a 1-0 home victory over their English counterparts.

Liverpool were the challengers to the White Hart Lane side as both represented England’s only remaining hope in the competition after Marseille eliminated Aston Villa and Manchester City failed to proceed past the group phase.

Liverpool have never really showed their best form in this competition, despite their wealth of talent and potential within their squad. They narrowly scraped through the group stages mainly thanks to the inability of Molde and Wolfsburg to capitalize on the poor form of the Reds.

Tottenham’s group stage form was immense, highlighted by a 7-1 thumping of Inter Milan, who have also reached this stage.

Spurs legend Tim Sherwood guided his side to four wins and two draws as they remain unbeaten in this competition and look to maintain that record as they enter the closing stages of the tournament.

Milos Meljkovic forced a save out of Liverpool ‘keeper Tyrell Belford in the opening stages before his loss of possession led to┬áMichael Ngoo failing to capitalize on a gifted chance.

Raheem Sterling and Tony Silva pushed high up the pitch to support Ngoo and always looked dangerous down the flanks.

Ngoo narrowly missed the target midway through the first half after good work from Sterling found him in the area but his shot dragged wide of Jonathan Miles near post.

The sides went in level at half-time but a goal seemed imminent with good pressure from both sides having to prove successful eventually.

Liverpool wasted a wealth of opportunities to take control of the tie and were punished on 70 minutes when Shaquile Coulthirst netted the opener and the winner.

Belford parried a deflected shot into the path of the striker who had quick reactions to latch onto the ball and fire home.

Sterling, Adam Morgan and Conor Coady all came close in the closing stages but their inaccuracy or the sheer performance of Miles kept them out and proved to be their downfall.

Spurs will play their semi-final game against either Ajax or Barcelona. The Youth Radar will bring you updates on all the games as and when they happen.

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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