Juventus U19 2-2 Man United U19: UEFA Youth League report
Juventus U19 2-2 Man United U19: Aidan Barlow penalty keeps Nicky Butt’s kids in control of their UEFA Youth League group
- United remain three points clear of Juventus at top of their Youth League group
- Aidan Barlow coolly converted a second-half penalty to earn 2-2 draw in Turin
- Juventus led when Ella Petrelli scored spot-kick of his own after 21 minutes
- But United earned a deserved equaliser through Joao Serrao own goal on hour
- Manolo Portanova restored Juve’s advantage just two minutes later
- But Barlow scored from the spot to keep United on course for last-16
Aidan Barlow’s composed penalty earned Manchester United’s youngsters a precious point against Juventus that keeps them in control of their UEFA Youth League group.
With only the group winners progressing automatically to the last-16 of the continental under-19 competition, Barlow’s spot-kick midway through the second-half could prove crucial to Nicky Butt’s side.
In truth, it was the least United deserved for a daring performance against the Italians, who twice took the lead against the run of play only to let United back in.
Aidan Barlow celebrates scoring from the penalty spot for Manchester United’s second goal
The midfielder held his nerve to convert from 12 yards and level the score at 2-2 in Turin
The draw means United remain three points ahead of Juventus in their Youth League group
Ella Petrelli converted a penalty of his own to hand Juventus a first-half lead but Joao Serrao put through his own net for United’s deserved equaliser on the hour mark.
It was a short-lived parity as Manolo Portanova restored Juve’s advantage just two minutes later.
But Barlow had the final word to keep United three points ahead of their opponents at the top of Group H with games against Valencia and Young Boys still to come.
They also have the upper hand on the head-to-head record after a 4-1 win over the Italians a fortnight ago.
The side that finishes second in each group must play a qualifier from the Youth League’s Domestic Champions Path, which runs parallel to the main competition, in a play-off.
But United are favourites to make it into the knockouts automatically now as they preserved their unbeaten record at Juve’s training ground in Vinovo.
The first-half was one of few chances, though United probably shaded it in terms of possession and attacking threat.
Inside the opening eight minutes, the speedy Mason Greenwood burst into the clear ahead of Riccardo Capellini but goalkeeper Leonardo Loria was alert and raced off his line to block.
The defining moment of the opening period arrived on 20 minutes from a rare Juventus foray forward.
Juventus celebrate their opening goal, scored from the penalty spot by Ella Petrelli
Manchester United defender George Tanner reacts with dismay after conceding a penalty
Petrelli was composed with his penalty, sending United keeper Matej Kovar the wrong way
Kovar dived to his right, but Petrelli coolly slotted the penalty to his left to make it 1-0
Juventus: Loria (c); Capellini (Boloca 80), Serrao, Iweru, Anzolin; Caviglia, Morrone (Makoun 67), Francofonte (Fagioli 62); Portanova (Moreno 80), Petrelli, Monzialo (Di Francesco 67)
Substitutes not used: Siano (GK); Meneghini
Coach: Francesco Baldini
Scorers: Petrelli 21 pen; Portanova 62
Manchester United: Kovar; Tanner, Ercolani, Williams, O’Connor; Bughail-Mellor, Barlow, Traore, Greenwood; Gomes (c), Chong
Substitutes not used: Fojticek (GK); Levitt, McGhee, Puigmal, Ramazani, Galbraith, Baars
Coach: Nicky Butt
Scorers: Serrao 60 own goal; Barlow 67 pen
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (Turkey)
Matteo Anzolin was picked out wide on the left by Nicolo Francofonte and found himself one-on-one with United right-back George Tanner, who clipped him just inside the box.
Turkish official Halil Umut Meler had little hesitation in pointing for a penalty, though Tanner and his United team-mates were pretty non-plussed by the decision.
Petrelli coolly converted the penalty, sending United keeper Matej Kovar the wrong way for his second goal of the group stage.
United continued to look dangerous and won a trio of free-kicks in promising positions around the edge of the penalty area.
Captain Angel Gomes took responsibility but struck two of them into the wall. The third flashed inches wide of the near post with Loria scrambling to cover it.
United thought they’d levelled five minutes into the second-half. Lee O’Connor drove through the middle from defence and threaded a pass into Greenwood who scored with a crisp, angled finish.
However, the linesman correctly spotted that Greenwood had gone a fraction too early and United celebrations were cut short.
And as United continued to force the issue, Tanner had a head-in-hands moment when he skied his shot over an empty net following excellent build-up work by Greenwood teed up a sitter.
Tahith Chong of United tries to get the better of Paolo Gozzi of Juventus close to the sidelines
United captain Angel Gomes attempts to keeper Juventus strike Ella Petrelli in check
Brandon Williams of United turns away from Kevin Monzialo during the first-half in Italy
The visitors’ chances of an equaliser were increasing by the minute and it arrived on the hour mark.
Tahith Chong drove down the right-hand side and fizzed in a searching low cross that Serrao diverted past his own goalkeeper in attempting to clear.
It was a stroke of good fortune but all United deserved, but their parity lasted just a couple of minutes.
Petrelli, 30 yards from goal, played a superb reverse though pass that split the United defence and set Portanova clear. He made no mistake.
Aliou Traore of Manchester United gets between two Juventus players in the second-half
United defender George Tanner challenges Manolo Portanova of Juventus
United skipper Gomes appeals for a penalty for handball – but it wasn’t awarded by the official
United Youth League results and fixtures
September 19 Young Boys (A) 2-1
October 2 Valencia (H) 4-0
October 23 Juventus (H) 4-1
November 7 Juventus (A) 2-2
November 27 Young Boys (H)
December 12 Valencia (A)
Suddenly we had a contest and it was then United’s turn to be awarded a penalty when Capellini clumsily brought down the rampaging Greenwood inside the area.
Barlow was forced to wait a good couple of minutes while Juventus made two substitutions, but kept his composure to convert the penalty.
United pushed for a winner, with Barlow then curling a shot marginally wide from the edge of the area, but a point was more than satisfactory in their toughest group match.
United under-19 coach Nicky Butt issues instructions from the touchline on Wednesday
The Manchester United team (back row left to right): Matej Kovar, George Tanner, Tahith Chong, Aliou Traore, D’Mani Bughail-Mellor, Luca Ercolani. (Front row left to right): Mason Greenwood, Lee O’Connor, Aidan Barlow, Angel Gomes, Brandon Williams line-up ahead of kick-off
The two teams line up for a UEFA Equal Game photograph ahead of kick-off in Turin
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