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UEFA Youth League: How English Sides Fared in Match Week 2

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As the second match week of the UEFA Youth League group stage concludes, let’s take a closer look at how the English sides fared on the European stage.

Lens 1 – 0 Arsenal

The young Gunners are still without a win in the UYL as they succumbed to a Lens penalty on the stroke of halftime. Ayanda Sishuba stepped up and fired his penalty hard and low, securing a crucial goal for the hosts who now sit at the top of Group B. While Amario Cozier-Duberry showed promise in the first half, his creative efforts couldn’t break through for Arsenal.

Manchester United 3 – 0 Galatasaray

Manchester United responded to their tournament-opening loss against Bayern Munich with a convincing 3-0 victory over Turkish outfit Galatasaray. The Red Devils came alive in the final 30 minutes, with Omari Forson shining with two goals and an assist. Forson slotted a penalty home in the 66th minute and provided a stunning backheel assist to Ethan Williams ten minutes later. After 85 minutes, the 19-year-old fired into the bottom left corner from 18 yards to cap off a successful afternoon in Manchester.

RB Leipzig 1 – 1 Manchester City

Manchester City remains at the summit of Group G following a hard-fought 1-1 draw against a strong RB Leipzig side. City goalkeeper George Murray-Jones was called upon multiple times as Leipzig peppered the Englishman’s goal in the first half. However, the 18-year-old was beaten by a clever finish from Dutch youth international Yannick Eduardo on the hour mark, who is enjoying a fantastic start to the season. Manchester City equalized ten minutes later as Will Dickson’s deflected free kick found the back of the net to draw the game level. The Sky Blues have their goalkeeper to thank for a hard-earned point.

Newcastle United 0 – 1 Paris Saint-Germain

Newcastle remains at the bottom of Group F following a late heartbreak against PSG. Thomas Cordier’s late goal gave the French side their first win of the group stage. Aidan Harris parried an effort on goal into the path of Cordier, who pounced and put his side ahead in the 91st minute. Harris was pivotal in keeping the sides level as PSG dominated large parts of the game and was unfortunate to concede so late in the game.

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