Young Bulls make last eight with two great wins

Affengruber & Co make knockout stage without conceding

Gerhard Struber's team qualified in superb style for tomorrow's quarter-final thanks to a 1-0 win over Sagan Tosu and comprehensive 3-0 victory against FC Cukaricki. They are to meet FC Midtjylland in the last eight (kick-off at 10:00 tomorrow).

QUARTER FINAL FIXTURES

FC Red Bull Salzburg vs. FC Midtjylland
Benfica vs. Sagan Tosu
Manchester City FC vs. RB Leipzig
Valencia CF vs. Red Bull Brasil

GROUP D – MATCH 3: VALENCIA CF 2-2 RB LEIPZIG, VALENCIA WIN 4-2 on penalties (2-0)

Goalscorers: Kangin Lee, Touaizi - Ruhner, Borkowski

Valencia took the lead with their first attack and immediately tried to press on, which they did with a second goal after around 15 minutes. They went into the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead. Leipzig were defensively stronger in the second period, leaving the Spaniards with little room, and getting rewarded for their efforts by pulling a goal back. Valencia reacted by changing their formation and tried their luck on the break. Dramatically they equalised almost on the stroke of full-time from a Borkowski free-kick, but they were beaten in the resulting penalty shoot-out.

GROUP C – MATCH 3: MANCHESTER CITY FC 1-1 RED BULL BRASIL (1-0)
GOALSCORERS: Duncan - de Souza Brito

Manchester City shocked Red Bull Brasil by taking a 1-0 lead after a few moments of play. The South Americans kept up their efforts despite going behind, combining well and trying their luck from a few long range efforts - most of which went close by, and one of which hit the crossbar. In the second half, Manchester City played some intelligent football, penning the Brazilians back in their own half apart from the odd break. In the final stages Red Bull Brasil did manage to strike back from the penalty spot though and make it 1-1.

GROUP B – MATCH 3: FC MIDTJYLLAND 1-0 NEW YORK RED BULLS (1-0)
GOALSCORER: Isaksen

Midtjylland made a good start to the game and tested the New York goalkeeper with a free-kick – Alex Bobocea passed that with a good punched clearance. You could sense that both teams needed a win to make the quarter finals. Shortly before half-time, the Danes took a 1-0 lead thanks to an Isaksen goal. Midtjylland were the better team in the second half, even if there wasn't too much to note in front of either goal.
 

GROUP A – MATCH 3: FC CUKARICKI 0-3 FC RED BULL SALZBURG (0-1)
GOALSCORERS: Adamu (2), Hadzic

The Young Bulls started at a frenzied tempo as they tried to get the better of their opponents early on. Aboubacar Cisse missed a chance in a wonderful position before Felix Strauß went close from a corner. The Serbs went into their challenges with great physical commitment and tried to unsettle the young Salzburg side. Shortly before the end of the first half, Gerhard Struber's side took the lead from a clever Adamu chip.

The Young Bulls were clearly the better team in the second half, creating chance after chance. Cukaricki, for their part, weren't able to get close to the hosts' goal. Affengruber & Co. continued to press for a goal, and got the decisive second strike with 15 minutes left on the clock. Chikwubuike Adamu struck again to make it 2-0, before Amir Hadzic added a third in stoppage time.
 

Gerhard Struber:

Cukaricki made things really tough for us, and wanted to bring us out of our stride with very physical play. We were really strong as a team, barely lost any challenges, and we were more than deserved 3-0 winners. I am particularly delighted that we were able to create a lot of chances and got rewarded for our efforts.

GROUP D – MATCH 2: WEST AFRICAN FOOTBALL ACADEMY 0-3 VALENCIA CF (0-1)
GoALSCORERS: Kangin Lee (PEN), Lozano, Touaizi

Valencia proved that they were determined to leave the field as winners, albeit having spent almost the entire game with a man advantage. Ransford Darko was sent off after two minutes and the Spaniards converted a penalty to take the lead. The Africans tried to play their part but were unable to convert the chances that came their way. Valencia were much more effective, and they added two wonderful goals in the second half for the 3-0 win.

GROUP C – MATCH 2: SV WERDER BREMEN 1-3 MANCHESTER CITY FC (1-0)
GOALSCORERS: Ates - Ikpakwu, Ogunby, duncan

Werder Bremen started the game well, with Louis Poznanski getting a huge early chance. The Germans maintained the early initiative and took a deserved lead with Mert Ates scoring. Manchester City then had the better of the second 25 minutes to turn the match around. Edward Ikpakwu equalised and Henri Ogunby put the Citizens in the lead. Werder were unable to get back into things, and conceded a third goal from a Bobby Duncan free-kick in the final minutes.

GRoup B – match 2: BENFICA 4-1 FC MIDTjYLLAND
Goalscorers: de oliveira (2), Aurajo, own goal - sörensen

Benfica had a dream start, with Cordeiro de Oliveiro giving them the lead after a matter of seconds. Midtjylland did not allow that to overawe them, and equalised with a goal resulting from a wonderful pass. Oliver Jansen Sörensen had no trouble turning the ball into the net. The Portuguese side turned the pressure up higher and higher, and were able to turn their dominance into goals. Cordeiro de Oliveiro and Alves Araujo struck to seal the win, and an own goal just before full-time secured a deserved 4-1 win.

GROUP A – MATCH 2: SAGAN TOSU 1-0 FC CUKARICKI
GOALSCORER: kamashiro

FC Cukaricki put the Japanese side under intense pressure right from the start, but were unable to find the all-important final pass. Sagan Tosu took the lead against the run of play with a Kumashiro free-kick. The game then developed into a real end-to-end affair. Itahash Yosei starred in the second half when denying the onrushing Sali Semzi. The speedy Japanese youngsters caused the Serbian defence real problems in the final minutes, and Sagara Ryunosuke hit the crossbar.

GROUP D – MATCH 1: RB LEIPZIG 3-0 WEST AFRICAN FOOTBALL ACADEMY (0-0)
Goals: Borkowski, ruhner, talabidi

The West African Football Academy youngsters made an ambitious start in their clash with RB Leipzig, getting the first chance - an Marvin Owusu effort that went just off-target. That stirred Leipzig into life, and they soon created a pair of chances. The Africans played slightly too hectically, allowing RB Leipzig's superb pressing to take its toll and win them the ball on many occasions. The Germans dominated the second half, were in control of proceedings in every regard and ran out 3-0 winners.

GROUP C – MATCH 1: RED BULL BRASIL 0-0 SV WERDER BREMEN (0-0)

Red Bull Brasil were the more active side in the opening stage, getting a good chance via Yago Sanches Redivo that was denied by the Bremen goalkeeper. Timo Ahrens was again called upon soon afterwards to scramble a Matheus header away from the goal line. The game was mostly played out in the Germans' half, but the Brazilians were not able to make their dominance count on the scoresheet and it ended 0-0.

GROUP B – MATCH 1: NEW YORK RED BULLS 0-2 BENFICA
GOALSCORERS: Correia (PEN), de Oliveira

Benfica piled the pressure on at the start of the game, penning the New Yorkers back in their own half. The Portuguese side took the lead after ten minutes from a Correia penalty. The Americans struggled to put too many moves together, often losing the ball in their own half. Shortly before the end of the first half, the Benfica goalkeeper was called into action though and chased off his line to deny an onrushing New York attacker.

In the second half, Cordeiro de Oliveira smashed the ball in on the turn to seal the win 2-0 for a good start for the Portuguese youngsters.

GRoup A – match 1: FC RED BULL SALZBURG 1-0 SAGAN TOSU (h/t:0-0)
goalscorer: Cisse (pen)

The Young Bulls started the game well but suffered a blow in the opening minutes as Sebastian Aigner was taken off injured. Salzburg dominated proceedings and had the first good opportunities from a Felix Strauss header and Aboubacar Cisse. Shortly before the end of the first half, David Affengruber went one-on-one with the Japanese goalkeeper, who denied him with a great save with his foot.

Sagan Tosu got their first chances in the second period.  Goalkeeper Kilian Schröcker sensationally punched the ball away with a reflex save following a corner. Aboubacar Cisse then converted a penalty to give the Young Bulls a deserved lead that they were able to hold onto for a win.

Gerhard Struber:

We created more chances throughout the match, and we were able to deservedly win in the end. The Japanese didn't make things easy for us. We started the tournament well with the win - that helps ahead of the matches to come.

OPENING OF THE EIGHTH next generation trophy

This year's Next Generation Trophy was officially opened on time at 11:00 at the Red Bull Football & Ice Hockey Academy in Liefering. All 12 teams marched onto the main pitch with their national flags and listened attentively to the words of welcome from Academy & Youth Head Ernst Tanner:
 

We are very proud to have again been able to assemble such a top-class field of participants for the Next Generation Trophy. Teams from 11 countries are represented this year in Salzburg, and that is unique. I hope we can enjoy youth football of the very highest standard over the next three days with a lot of entertaining matches. Good luck to everyone taking part.