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One step closer to qualification thanks to victory in Tiraspol

MATCH REPORT. 24/11/2021. Photographer: Pedro Castillo

The Under-19s were far superior to Sheriff, winning thanks to a second-half Bruno goal.

The Under-19s are a step closer to securing their place in the next round of the UEFA Youth League. The youngsters came out on top in their visit to Sheriff Tiraspol thanks to a Bruno goal in the second half of a match where they dominated their opponents. With just five minutes on the clock, Peter fired the first warning shot, letting the home team's defence know just how difficult it was going to be for them to stop him. After a neat run across the top of the area, he released the first shot. Just moments later, he delighted present at the Sheriff Small Arena with a move full of intent and quality.
The Real Madrid man dribbled into the box from the byline, went past two defenders and nutmegged both of them, stepped on the ball to get away from the third and crossed, but the goalkeeper nipped in before Salazar. The striker got his head to two deliveries in the 20th and 25th minute, but the opening goal proved elusive. Aranda also had two attempts, but Sheriff held on, before almost taking the lead themselves just before the break, but Diego bossed the six-yard box and the claimed. The second half continued in the same way. Hernán Pérez brought on David and Álvaro, who soon had their chances.

A Ferran cross was headed over by the striker (50'), and moments later, he tried to catch the keeper out through a back-heel with his back to goal. The home side were fortunate in the next three chances, Asencio directing a corner at the defence, Ferran volleying narrowly wide and Aranda hitting the post in the 72nd minute. The deserved winner finally came in the 75th minute. Bruno played the ball into the box for David, who cut the ball back to the penalty spot when Bruno turned the ball in to the net. The goal allowed the Under-19s to relax a little as they saw out the win, putting qualification to the next round of the Youth League in their own hands.

0-Sheriff Tiraspol
: Dumenco, Covalschi, Maracuta, Ichim, Covali, Scurtul (Stanislav, 88'), Botan (Jaloba, 54'), Costin (Pogreban, 60'), Forov, Carmanov and Hatman.
1-Under-19s: Diego, Ferrán (Piri, 74'), Obrador, Asencio, Marvel, Néstor (Cucalón, 74'), Mario Martín (Álvaro, 46'), Peter, Bruno, Aranda (Diego, 93') and Salazar (David, 46').

(min. 75): Bruno.