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UEFA Youth League: Barcelona Qualify After Victory Over AC Milan

Bryan Cristante grabbed AC Milan's only goal.

Bryan Cristante grabbed AC Milan’s only goal.

Barcelona became the first side to reach the knockout phase of this year’s inaugural UEFA Youth League after they grabbed a point against AC Milan yesterday evening.

Bryan Cristante gave AC Milan the lead in the 19th minute and it wasn’t until ten minutes from time when Barcelona skipper Elohor Godswill scored the equaliser.

The result sees Barcelona seven points clear of third-place Celtic with just two games remaining, which is enough to send them through.

Celtic couldn’t emulate the form they showed last time they met Ajax and were beaten 2-1 in Holland.

Joseph Thomson gave them a first-half lead at De Toekomst but two second-half strikes from Anwar El Ghazi gave Ajax their first win of the group stage.

Manchester United went one better than their seniors and managed to defeat Spanish outfit Real Sociedad.

James Wilson struck early to give them the lead before Joe Rothwell doubled the tally and put the win beyond doubt against a Sociedad side that never really seemed much of a threat.

This was Sociedad’s first defeat of the group stage and puts Manchester United into third with two matchdays remaining.

Manchester City lost 2-1 to CSKA Moscow on home soil yesterday afternoon at Hyde’s Ewen Fields.

Seko Fofana gave them the lead but after the break Aleksandr Golovin and Nikita Chernov hit back for Aleksandrt Grishin’s side to earn them all three points.

Despite the defeat, City are still in a strong position to qualify for the knockout round and occupy second in their group ahead of Bayern Munich and Viktoria Plzen.

Full results (5th Nov):

Viktoria Plzen 1-4 Bayern Munich, Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Leverkusen, Juventus 0-2 Real Madrid, Real Sociedad 0-2 Manchester United, Manchester City 1-2 CSKA Moscow, FC Copenhagen 2-2 Galatasaray, Ajax 2-1 Celtic, FC Barcelona 1-1 AC Milan.

 

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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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