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NextGen Series: Matchday One Reports

Last week the NextGen Series kicked-off with a host of top European sides in action including four British sides.

Unfortunately none of the home sides picked up three points and Tottenham Hotspur were the only side to even manage a point as they all found out the tough realities of European football.

Ajax Amsterdam 2-0 Aston Villa

Ajax looked the most dangerous side throughout this encounter and fully deserved their win. It only took 17 minutes for the Dutch side to take the lead as De Bendt picked up a ball from the left-side and cooly converted across the goalkeeper into the far corner.

Connor Taylor came close to equalising for Aston Villa but couldn’t find a way past the Ajax goalkeeper. Villa showed their brightest moments at the close of the first half but were unable to take advantage of a number of golden chances.

Denmark youth international Viktor Fischer came on for the second half and was absolutely electric throughout. The Dane grabbed Ajax’s second goal of the game striking past Villa goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist.

Ajax will always be considered favourites for the group and Aston Villa now have ties against Fenerbahce and Rosenborg in order to qualify.

Marseille 1-0 Celtic

This Celtic side remains the only Scottish side involved in European competition this season after Hearts, Rangers and the senior Celtic side crashed out of the Europa League last night.

It was a very early goal from Maman Bangoura that gave Marseille the victory. After six minutes he fired past Nicholas Geeky in the Celtic goal.

Liverpool 0-3 Sporting Lisbon

One of the shocks of the opening round of fixtures could be Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at home to Sporting Lisbon. Jonjo Shelvey, Conor Coady and Raheem Sterling all featured in this Liverpool side but were unable to overcome the Portugese giants.

Evenly spread goals from Joao Teixeira, Alberto Coleho and Farley Rosa saw Sporting take full control of Group 2.

Sterling looked the brightest player on the pitch for Liverpool but despite his efforts the Sporting defence remained near-inpenetrable.

FC Basel 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs were the only British side to take any points out of the opening round of fixtures. Manchester City are still to play but last Wednesday saw Spurs as the only side to take points.

Basel took a two-goal lead through Pak and Maroufi within 8 minutes.

After this Tottenham looked much brighter and came back with a penalty converted by Harry Kane.

Coulthirst got Tottenham’s equaliser just after the restart and despite constant pressure from both sides, the game finished 2-2.

Molde 3-1 Wolfsburg

In the final game so far in the tournament, Swedish side Molde beat German giants Wolfsburg 3-1.

Wolfsburg took the lead through Millemaci but were pegged back soon after by Hollingen.

The game looked to finish as a draw but two stoppage-time goals saw Molde celebrate victory.

The Swedish side won the game thanks to goals from Bjerkaas and Tripic within the space of three minutes.

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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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