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UEFA Youth League: How English sides fared in Match Week 5

Malachi Sharpe of Manchester United is in action on waterlogged pitch [Credit: Burak Kara]

As the penultimate match week of the UEFA Youth League group stage draws to a close, we take a look at how the English sides fared against some of Europe’s best.

Paris Saint-Germain 1 – 2 Newcastle United

The young magpies picked up a vital win over PSG and while qualification for the knockouts seems unlikely, they still have a chance at squeezing through.

Newcastle took the lead after 11 minutes thanks to a nicely worked move that was finished off by 17-year-old Scott Bailey.

The French side thought they had rescued a point through a technically excellent finish by Mahamadou Sangaré, but Newcastle responded just three minutes later, as Johnny Emerson’s deflected strike secured the points for the Magpies.

Manchester City 2 – 1 RB Leipzig

City continued their unbeaten run in the competition, but they had to come from behind to do so against German outfit RB Leipzig.

Five minutes before half time, goalkeeper True Grant gave away a penalty and Yannick Eduardo slotted home to give the visitors the lead.

In the 62nd minute, Kane Taylor fired in his third goal in the UYL group stage to equalise and 13 minutes later, he found Josh Adam with a low cross who finished with ease to give City their fourth win of the campaign.

Galatasaray 1 – 0 Manchester United

United’s away loss in Turkey meant that they would exit the competition in the group stage as they sit at the foot of Group A on four points.

The conditions were called into question as the pitch was waterlogged and created a difficult playing surface for both sides, but it was no problem for Galatasaray.

Following some good wide play down the left-hand side, the ball found Baran Demiroglu who calmly finished past Elyh Harrison.

Arsenal 0 – 2 Lens

The young Gunners lost out to top of the group Lens who picked up their fourth win of the campaign, while the North London side exit the competition after only managing a point from five games.

Substitute Ryan Fofana flicked a header up and into the top left corner to give Lens the lead after 69 minutes.

A minute into stoppage time, Oscar Lenne followed up on a rebounded shot and slotted home to send the French outfit home with all three points.

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