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UEFA Youth League: Man United and Man City Celebrate Opening Day Wins

James Wilson has been on top form this season so far for Manchester United.

James Wilson has been on top form this season so far for Manchester United.

Manchester United celebrated a narrow victory over Bayer Leverkusen in their opening UEFA Youth League encounter.

It took an 89th-minute James Wilson penalty to secure all three points for Nicky Butt’s side as Leverkusen threatened them right to the wire.

Wilson netted his first after just four minutes before Ben Pearson doubled United’s lead. Marc Brasnic, who the Youth Radar recommended in our massive preview of the tournament, scored twice in as many minutes to equalise for the German side. Maximillian Wagener, who has been impressive in this season’s Junioren Bundesliga U19 so far put the visitors in front but Andreas Pereira got Butt’s team back level and Wilson’s penalty meant all three points would stay in Manchester.

Elsewhere in Group A, Real Sociedad beat Shakhtar Donetsk as goals from Artur Miranyan, Jon Guridi and Jon Bautista outnumbered Mykola Matviyenko and Viktor Kovalenko’s efforts as the Ukrainian outfit only netted twice.

Devante Cole is back in scoring form for Man City.

Devante Cole is back in scoring form for Man City.

Manchester City, under the management of Patrick Vieira celebrated a win in the Czech Republic as Marcos Lopes grabbed a brace. Devante Cole and Sinan Bytyqi also scored for City, who were pegged back by Miloš Kratochvíl.

Bayern Munich were outdone by CSKA Moscow in City’s other group game.  Svyatoslav Georgievski and Viktor Borzykh netted for the Russians and Bayern Munich’s miserable start to the Under 19 season continues.

Elsewhere Real Madrid drew with Galatasaray in their opening fixture. Hüseyin Altuğ Taş and Juan José Narváez grabbed the goals for the Spanish and the Turkish side respectively.

Copenhagen managed to grind out a draw with Juventus.  Pol García and Vajebah Sakor netted for the Italian side, who kept the lead until the final minute when Copenhagen captain Mikkel Wohlegemuth netted equalised. Vlad Marin scored the opener for the Danish team.

In Group C Anderlecht went down by three goals against Benfica with Rochinha, Romario Balde, Joao Gomes.

Munir El Haddadi netted a brace for Barcelona as they thrashed Ajax 4-1. Elton Acolatse and Ebwelle scored Barcelona’s other goals while Xavi Quintilla once brought Ajax level.

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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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