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Manchester City

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(3)1 - 1(2)
UEFA Youth League
13:00 Wed 14th Mar 2018
Location: City Academy
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Liverpool U18s

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13:00 Wed 14th Mar 2018
13:00 Wed 14th Mar 2018 City Academy

Manchester City v U19s: Live match blog

Follow the action LIVE as Liverpool's U19s face Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League, with in-game updates, photos, stats and more.

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📰 A cruel way to exit the competition for #LFCU19s. Here's how the action unfolded ➡️


Kane for Liverpool... MISSES

Man City 3-2 Liverpool

The Reds go out of the UEFA Youth League as they lose a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw. 


L.Nmecha for City... SCORES!

Man City 3-2 Liverpool


Masterson for Liverpool... SAVED!

Man City 2-2 Liverpool


Smith for City... SCORES!

Man City 2-2 Liverpool


Jones for Liverpool... SAVED!

Man City 1-2 Liverpool


Francis for City... SAVED!

Man City 1-2 Liverpool


Adekanye for Liverpool... SCORES!

Man City 1-2 Liverpool


F.Nmecha for City... SCORES!

Man City 1-1 Liverpool


Lewis for Liverpool... 

Man City 0-1 Liverpool

Full Time

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

No goals in the second half at City Football Academy and it's a shootout to decide who's into the semi-finals of the UEFA Youth League.


Four minutes to be added on here.

Remember, it's straight to penalties.


Yellow Card

Smith goes in the book after hacking down Millar on the wing.



Liverpool make a change as Abdi Sharif replaces Ben Woodburn.

Herbie Kane takes the captain's armband.


This man has been a thorn in City's side all afternoon and has now switched wings with Liam Millar, taking up a position on the right.


Manchester City break at pace and the Liverpool defence seems to open up in front of Matondo.

He can't beat the final line, however, Grabara making a brilliant one-on-one save.


Yellow Card

Poveda pulls back a breaking Camacho and gets a yellow card for his troubles.


A big opportunity for Liverpool as Kane breaks at pace before feeding Adekanye on the left-hand side of the box.

The winger is forced a touch wide, however, and his back-post stand-up for Millar comes to nothing.


Yellow Card

Herbie Kane pinches the ball ahead of Felix Nmecha and takes a nick in the process.

The referee opts to book the City man for his foul.


A cross sits up nicely in the Liverpool box for Felix Nmecha and his left-footed connection looks good but what a save! 

Grabara gets down to his right to palm the ball to safety as the Reds escape.



City make the game's first change, Dele-Bashiru making way for Matondo.


That really should be 2-1 to Manchester City.

The hosts work it well down the Reds' left-hand side before Bolton fizzes a cross straight to Lukas Nmecha in a central area.

Fortunately for Liverpool, the striker can only knee the ball wide when he should have done better - a let-off.


Half-chances for both teams at the start of the second 45 minutes but a break in play now.

Worryingly, Curtis Jones is down having seemingly taken a knock on his foot - let's hope it's nothing serious.



Ben Woodburn gets the game restarted.

Half Time

Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool

Honours even at the break in Manchester after Curtis Jones saw his opener cancelled out by Lukas Nmecha.

The Reds have arguably been the better side, but that deflected free-kick sees them level at half-time.


The Reds so nearly take the lead again.

More brilliance from Jones, who somehow squeezes Adekanye in down the left-hand side of the box for a low, dangerous cross.

Masterson is still high up the pitch from a corner pokes the ball goalward but Grimshaw smothers it in the City goal.



Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool (L. Nmecha)

The hosts level things up but there's an element of good fortune involved.

Nmecha's free-kick is heading wide but takes a sizeable deflection that wrong-foots Grabara and takes it into the goal.


Yellow Card

Conor Masterson gets isolated and makes the decision to bring his man down at the edge of the box.

Not only is it a card for the Irishman, it's also a dangerous free-kick position for the hosts.


Yellow Card

Lewis brings down Poveda on the Reds' left side and is the first player in the book today.



Manchester City 0-1 Liverpool (Jones)

The young Reds go in front and it's their top scorer in the competition who gets the goal.

Steven Gerrard's side break at pace down the right-hand side, Liam Millar brilliantly evading his man and driving into the box.

His pull-back gets a deflection, but Curtis Jones is in the right place to drive it home.


So close!

Jones slips Adekanye in on the right-hand side of the box and Woodburn is at the far post waiting for a tap-in.

Unfortunately, the winger's cross is cut out at the last moment as City survive.


Poveda cuts inside from the City right but Grabara just watches the effort past his post.

Cagey stuff here thus far


Liverpool's pressing is causing City all sorts of problems thus far, but they are yet to turn it into real opportunities.

Curtis Jones is the latest to benefit from a turnover near the hosts' box but he is crowded out in the end.


Liverpool work a corner short but Camacho's inswinging cross is easily collected.

Moments later, the Reds win the ball high up the pitch but a weak shot from the same man is picked up by Grimshaw. 


Match shot

A reminder of the Liverpool line-up, who have made a promising start here, despite a lack of real chances thus far.


Interesting to see that Ben Woodburn has started the game in a false nine role, with Rafa Camacho at the point of the midfield.



Manchester City get the game under way.


Live from City Football Academy

The warm-ups are under way in Manchester as we await kick-off.


And the opposition...

Manchester City: Grimshaw, Garcia, Latibeaudiere, Francis, Smith, Pozo, Poveda, Dele-Bashiru, L. Nmecha, F. Nmecha, Bolton.

Subs: Sokol, Wilson, Duhaney, Doyle, Gonzalez, Touaizi, Matondo. 


Inside track

Just the one change for Liverpool U19s from their win over United in the last round.

That is an enforced switch, with Elijah Dixon-Bonner out after sustaining a knock in training yesterday.


Team news

Liverpool U19s: Grabara, N. Williams, Masterson, Johnston, Lewis, Kane, Woodburn, Jones, Camacho, Adekanye, Millar. 

Subs: Jaros, R. Williams, Clayton, Boyes, Sharif, Larouci, McAuley.


Up next

If Liverpool can get past Manchester City today, they will face Barcelona in the last four of the competition.

The Spaniards beat their compatriots Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals yesterday.


'What else could you ask?'

U19s striker Liam Millar is really excited to take on City and is full of belief that he and his teammates can go all the way in the UEFA Youth League.

He told "Everyone is absolutely buzzing for this game. It’s the quarter-final of the youth Champions League and what else could you ask for as a young player? It will be a good test against Manchester City and hopefully we can keep on doing well in this competition. We are a big club, there are other big clubs in this tournament, but if we keep playing well then I don’t see why we can’t win it. Don’t get me wrong, Manchester City are a good team, but there’s no reason why we can’t beat them if we all play well."


The rules

A reminder: Today's fixture is a one-off tie and will be decided by a penalty shootout if the sides cannot be separated over 90 minutes.


Stevie's say

Steven Gerrard believes his team will need to bring their 'A-game, individually and collectively' if they are to get through today.

He told "We are a good team. We’ve got good players but we’ve said to them that the further you go on in this competition the challenge will get that bit tougher. They have to improve individually and they will certainly have to bring their A-game, both individually and collectively. We know if we bring our best performance then we are confident we can get the result we want, but anything below that then we could find ourselves in trouble because everyone knows City have got talented kids throughout their Academy, and certainly at this age group they are quite strong."


Here we go

Hello and welcome to's live blog for the U19s' UEFA Youth League quarter-final clash with Manchester City.

The young Reds are eyeing a place in the last four of Europe's premier youth competition but face a big test against Simon Davies' team at the City Football Academy this afternoon. 

Stick with us for team news and all the action from today's game, which kicks off at 1pm GMT.