Young Bulls face Benfica after two big wins

Summary of day 1
There were plenty of fast-paced, exciting and entertaining games on display amid some high temperatures today. Our Young Bulls were able to put in convincing performances in both their matches, creating chance after chance and scoring ten goals – some of which were wonderfully made.  Salzburg therefore took first place in Group A and will meet Benfica in the quarter final at 10:00 tomorrow morning.

FC Red Bull Salzburg v Benfica
Borussia Dortmund v Juventus
Manchester City FC v Valencia CF
West African Football Academy v Red Bull Brasil

Group D – match 3: West African Football Academy 1-0 RB Leipzig (H/T: 1-0)
Goalscorer: Aminu (27’)


Leipzig dominated the game at the start without getting any clear opportunities. The Africans’ first attack led to them getting the lead via Aminu. That was hard on the Germans, who would have qualified for the quarter-finals with a win. There were not really any more big chances to note, however, and the West African Football Academy qualified for the knockout round with a 1-0 victory.

Group C – match 3: Manchester City FC 1-1 Red Bull Brasil (H/T: 1-1)
Goalscorers: Duncan (6’), Mayron Tristao (19’)


There was a lot expected of a clash between two teams who took superb wins in their opening matches. City had more of the match in the opening minutes, and took the lead thanks to a wonderful finish from Duncan on the turn. The English side’s goalkeeper then saved a good long-range effort from the Brazilians. The South Americas then went on to set the tempo, deservedly equalising thanks to a Mayron Tristao effort from distance. Both teams pushed themselves to the limit to finish the day; both having good opportunities. The first day of the tournament ended with a fair draw, however.

Group B – match 3: Borussia Dortmund 3-0 New York Red Bulls (H/T: 3-0)
Goalscorers: Weinhardt de Oliveira (4’,20’), Yassin (13’)


It was one-way traffic at the start – towards the New York goal, with the ball landing in the net after just four minutes. Dortmund continued to press as they looked to tie things up. They broke the Americans’ resistance with their second goal, scored by Yassin. It was Weinhardt de Oliveira who ensured for the highlight of the match, playing a quick passing move with his strike partner Yassin before slotting a sensational chip in to make it 3-0. There wasn’t much to note from the second half, and Borussia Dortmund cruised comfortably into the quarter-finals with two wins.

Group A – match 3: SV Werder Bremen 0-5 FC Red Bull Salzburg (H/T: 0-2)
Goalscorers: Anselm (10’), Szoboszlai (25’), Music (26’,30’), Gazibegovic (33’)


The Young Bulls’ second match started in much the same way as their first. Salzburg took a hold of the match from kick-off, and another win seemed to be assured from the moment their first goal was scored in the tenth minute. Anselm curled the ball into the top of the net from the corner of the penalty area – a real ‘goal of the month’ effort. Ralf Santelli’s team then had the fortune of seeing an Alvez lob go just off target. The hosts then extended their lead on the stroke of half-time, with Szoboszlai making it 2-0. The game continued where it left off in the second half. Music headed in on the first attack of the period, before the striker added a second shortly afterwards to make it 4-0. That was not yet enough, however, as Gazibegovic smashed a long-range drive for the fifth goal. 

Ralf Santelli was pleased after the second win and was in confident mood ahead of tomorrow:


We got ourselves in a really good position with the first win, and our performance was also rewarded in the second game. We used our quality, brought some new players on and had control of the whole game. What particularly pleases me is that we scored a great goal from a corner – exactly in the way we’ve been training. Now we need to recover so that tomorrow we can build on our level today. I am looking forward to what lies ahead.

 

Group D – match 2: Valencia CF 2-2 West African Football Academy (H/T: 1-2)
Goalscorers: La Pena Ramos (35’), Conde Rojas (42’), Aminu (8’), Danso (13’)


The West African Football Academy took an early lead thanks to Aminu, who was crowned Player of the Year of the 2014 tournament. Just a short time later Danso scored added another to put the Africans 2-0 in front, before La Pena Ramos took advantage of a blunder from the goalkeeper to slot the ball into the net to pull a goal back. Valencia then got more into the match and gained a deserved equaliser via a Conde Rojas header. A number of the young Spaniards suffered from cramp in a hard-fought final stage, but Valencia managed to hang on for a draw.

Group C – Match 2: FC Bayern Munich 1-6 Manchester City FC (H/T: 1-3)
Goalscorers: Maloku (19’), Foden (3’), Sancho (4’,36’), Oguny (10’), Duncan (32’,45’)


Manchester City steamrollered last year’s finalists, racing into an early lead thanks to a strike each from Foden and Sancho. The English outfit left no doubt as to who was on top in this one, going on to get the third goal in the tenth minute from Oguny. Bayern then got more into the match, but City defended very determinedly and gave few chances away. The Germans deservedly pulled a goal back after 20 minutes of play, and hit the woodwork just before half-time. The Citizens started the second half in rampant mood again, making it 4-1 with their first attack of the period – sealing the win and also Bayern’s exit from the tournament. Duncan then got the fifth and sixth goals for Manchester City after coming on as a substitute.

 

Group B – Match 2: Benfica 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (0-0)
Goalscorer: Weinhardt de Oliveira (34')

Dortmund had more of the game and had two good long-range opportunities. The Portuguese youngsters, for their part, tried to threaten from breaks and kept a compact midfield. The German side were extremely astute, however, and kept Benfica well at bay from their goal to deservedly win 1-0.

Group A – match 2: Juventus 2-1 SV Werder Bremen 2:1 (H/T: 0-0)
Goals: Tito (35'), Nicolussi (36'), Sitz (34')

Werder Bremen took charge of the game from the very first minute but lacked the necessary incisiveness in front of goal. They managed to break through with a wonderful move, however. Juventus, who made a disappointing start to their second game too, only rarely threatened the Bremen goal but got a surprise equaliser from Tito (35'). A few seconds later, Nicolussi then made it two by elegantly curving the ball around the goalkeeper. The much improved 'Old Lady' were now more into the match and launched a series of quick direct attacks. Sitz then missed the chance to equalise from the penalty spot in the final minute, in a potentially decisive moment for the German club's bid to progress from the group stage.
 
Group D – match 1: RB Leipzig 1-1 Valencia CF (H/T: 1-0)
Goalscorers: Mahmudov (17'), Torres Garcia (48'). Red card: Azorin Juliana (40' Valencia)


Valencia found the going tough from the start against the Leipzig pressing game, which they struggled to counteract. The Germans intercepted a lot of the Spaniards’ passes and created some very good opportunities. After the first quarter of an hour they were finally able to break through and get the opening goal thanks to a wonderful solo effort from Mahmudov. Valencia made a real effort to get back on level terms after conceding, but were denied by the wonderful Krahl in the Leipzig goal several times. In the second half the young Spanish side played a riskier higher line, which left Leipzig offside on a number of occasions. Despite being a man down (with Azorin Juliana sent off for insulting the referee), Valencia managed to equalise directly from a free-kick. The Spanish side went on to dominate the final stages and even had a last-minute chance for a winner. Krahl denied them again, however.

 

Group C – match 1: Red Bull Brasil 3-0 FC Bayern Munich (H/T:2-0)
Goalscorers: Campagnol Bocchio (6',25',26')


Bayern found the going tough from the start against the Brazilians, who disrupted their passing moves early on. After just a few minutes Campagnol Bocchio scored a deserved opening goal from the left, and that would not be his last of the match. The Germans, who had not been expecting such an onslaught, struggled to get going, conceding their second and third goals just before the break and then again a few seconds after the restart. Both goals were scored by Campagnol Bocchio, who also missed from the penalty spot. The match was a real end-to-end affair despite the secoreline, with Bayern getting opportunities from a free-kick and some impressive attacking football - without netting. Bayern goalkeeper Wagner was also able to pull off a few superb saves by the end of the match to prevent an even bigger defeat.

Group B – match 1: New York Red Bulls 0-1 Benfica (H/T: 0-0)
Goalscorer: Pereira Batista (38’ pen)

Both teams took a no-risk approach to the match, trying to keep their defence compact and solid. Scoring opportunities were therefore few and far between in the first half. The only goal of the game came from a penalty towards the end, which was converted cleanly by Pereira Batista.  The Americans tried to get back into the game but remained unable to create any chances of note.  

Group A – match 1: FC Red Bull Salzburg 5-0 Juventus (H/T: 4-0)
Goalscorers: Milcic (7’), Demaku (10’), Music (15’), Stosic (17’), Aganovic (32’). Red: Gerthoux (32’)

The Young Bulls started the tournament with a superb performance, thrashing the youngsters of Italian giants Juventus 5-0. Salzburg set the tempo from the very first minute, gaining their first big opening after just three minutes of play via Demaku. Milicic, with a spectacular finish on the turn, and Demaku soon made it 2-0. Things continued in that fashion. Music seized on some selfless supply work from Aganovic to make it 3-0, before Stosic made it 4-0 at half-time with a stunning lob. Ralf Santelli’s young side continued to control the game in the second half, getting the last goal of the game via Aganovic.

The only dampeners to a stunning win were the injuries of Demaku, who had to go to hospital with a suspected broken wrist, and Aganovic, who also needed taking off after Juventus’s Gerthoux vented his frustration with a foul. 

Coach Ralf Santelli was clearly pleased with the performance in the first match, saying:


The size of the win in the opening match is obviously one we’ll take, even though we had some more big chances. We were rewarded for the courage we had in bringing our style of football onto the pitch in this form. My team put Juventus under pressure from the very first minute, we attacked early and didn’t allow ourselves to get distracted. It was a very good start to the tournament for us.


OPENING


This year’s Next Generation Trophy was officially opened on-time at 11:00 this morning at the Red Bull Football & Ice Hockey Academy in Liefering. All twelve teams marched onto the main pitch with their national flags and keenly followed the greeting from Academy and Youth Head Ernst Tanner:


We are really proud that we have again managed to assemble such a top-quality selection of teams taking part in the Next Generation Trophy. Teams from nine countries are represented here in Salzburg this year, which is unique. I hope that we all have three days of youth football of the very highest standard and a lot of entertaining games. Good luck to everyone taking part!