Benfica won the eighth Next Generation Trophy, beating Manchester City in a dramatic final.
FINAL: MANCHESTER CITY FC 1-2 BENFICA LISSABON (H/T:1-1).
GOALSCORERS: DUNCAN - ARAUJO, TAVARES
The final was an extremely exciting one from the word go between two teams who wanted to attack. Chances fell on either side, with the Portuguese youngsters carving out the upper hand, and taking a 1-0 lead with a superbly worked goal. The Citizens were not going to be unsettled though by falling behind, battling back and equalising just before the break with Bobby Duncan. Benfica continued to edge proceedings in the second half and kept the ball circulating well. Their winning goal came virtually on the stroke of full-time.
3rd place play-off: VALENCIA CF 3-1 FC MIDTJYLLAND (1-1)
goalscorers: GUILLERMO, TOUAIZI, KANGIN LEE - GRÖNBERG
The Danes were happy from the start to base their play on a compact defence, handing Valencia the initiative to begin with - leading the Spaniards to some good scoring opportunities. Iker Burgos missed following an attack down the left, with the attacker just missing the target following a spectacular solo run. Valencia were clearly the better team, but it was FC Midtjylland who took the lead. Oliver Verona Grönberg found the top corner from a free-kick. Valencia got an equaliser shortly before the break with a well-placed shot, however. The Spaniards had the better of the second half play too, getting two more goals for a deserved 3-1 win.
5th place play-off: FC RED BULL SALZBURG 2-1 RED BULL BRASIL (0-0)
goalscorers: SCHMUTZ, WINDHAGER - DE SOUZA
Salzburg attempted to ambush their opponents from the word go, grabbing their first big opening after a matter of seconds. The Young Bulls were clearly dominant as they strived to play their usual attacking game, albeit a number of fouls disrupted the flow of the game. The Brazilians tried their luck with some long-range efforts without any finding the net. Dennis Schmutz finally got Salzburg's opening goal from an indirect free-kick in the penalty area, before Fabian Windhager scored the decisive second goal from a free-kick. Red Bull Brasil pulled a goal back just before the end and almost completed a stunning comeback, only for the crossbar to deny them in stoppage time.
The last few days have demanded a lot of energy, but we were dominant for long stretches of this game. After the Brazilians pulled a goal back, my team became a little nervous. The crossbar helped us in stoppage time; that was lucky. In the end we can be satisfied finishing fifth.
7th place play-off: RB LEIPZIG 2-2 SAGAN TOSU, leipzig win 3-2 on penalties (2-1)
goalscorers: RUHNER (2) - SOSHI, ZEN
Leipzig took the lead with the first real chance and became the more active team. The Japanese tried to hold their own, and missed a sitter after 15 minutes of play before getting an equaliser. Sagan Tosu then enjoyed a spell in charge, hitting the crossbar. RB Leipzig fought back though to make it 2-1. With chances falling at either end in the final stages, the Japanese youngsters equalised again. The Germans held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out, however, to take seventh place.
9-12th place play-offs: SV WERDER BREMEN 1-0 WEST AFRICAN FOOTBALL ACADEMY (0-0)
The Africans made a very determined start, causing problems with their pacey wingers. Werder Bremen were happy to soak up the early pressure and try to threaten on the break. This approach worked a treat, with Teifel putting the Germans in front after ten minutes. The West African Football Academy tried to reply straight away – with Agyapong firing just wide. They had several more chances to equalise, but they weren't able to use them and ultimately lost 0-1.
9-12th place play-offs: FC CUKARICKI 2-1 NEW YORK RED BULLS (2-0)
GOALS: ZIVANOVIC, VIDOSaVLJEVIC - TAYLOR
New York fell behind to the Serbs with an early goal as Marko Zivanovic converted a great ball into the area, before doubling FC Cukaricki's lead soon afterwards. The Americans then got more into the game and were awarded a penalty. The spot-kick was missed, but bizarrely the Serbs fouled a New York youngster again a few seconds later to concede another penalty. This one was also saved. The Serbian goalkeeper was finally beaten at the end of the match as New York Red Bulls made it third time lucky from the penalty spot.