There were plenty of goals across tonight’s UEFA youth league games, with Arsenal and Liverpool both in action.
Arsenal kept up their impressive record in Europe with a comfortable win over Galatasaray, following on from their impressive away victory against Dortmund in the last round of fixtures.
Arsenal created chances in the first half but didn’t manage to take any until Gedion Zelazem finally broke the deadlock, swerving through the Gala defence and finishing powerfully just before half time.
After the break, Arsenal found things easier, improving their finishing and taking advantage of some dodgy goalkeeping, eventually racking up a 5-0 lead. Dan Crowley played exceptionally well, constantly creating chances for others and scoring a late penalty after he was clumsily brought down.
Having barely threatened, Galatasaray scored a consolation goal with the last kick of the game. While they might be disappointed to concede; Arsenal will be delighted with their overall performance.
Liverpool’s game against Basel was even more thrilling. Like Arsenal, the Reds were looking to build on a first round win. After going behind early, Liverpool turned things round in the second half, with Jerome Sinclair’s double looking like it had wrapped up the points.
But after 87 minutes, Ajeti equalised for Basel, and then with seconds left, Itten forced home a winner. Liverpool will be gutted to have lost a game they dominated for so long, especially with two of the Basel goals coming from set-pieces.