EDS bows from UEFA Youth League after PSG defeat

Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad are out of the UEFA Youth League following a 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at the Academy Stadium.

Despite our best efforts, a relaxation from Djeidi Gassama on both sides of the break and a late third from Wilson Odobert was enough to give the visitors all three points in Group A.

City deservedly came on target when Rico Lewis sent home late for Brian Barry-Murphy’s men, but it proved to be a consolation rather than the start of an unlikely comeback.

And with Club Brugge’s previous victory over RB Leipzig in the group’s second match, City are now an unassailable six points from the qualifiers with one match left.

What happened

It was the visitors who cut the first clear chance of the match, where Mikki van Sas produced a fine save to fend off Gassama after the winger had broken free on the left side within 14 minutes.

And the PSG striker went close once again just before half-hour, with van Sas recovering over time to prevent his header from crossing the line after Moutanabi Bodiang’s initial effort was deflected to the far post.

It was a similarly close call for PSG stopper Lucas Lavallee shortly after, when he came just in time to prevent Nico O’Reilly from striking after first spilling Kayky’s inviting ball in from the right.

O’Reilly then went close with a snapshot from a free kick, but with bodies aimed forward, City were stung by a devastating PSG counter-attack.

Xavi Simons slipped and slithered in the wet grass. His usual rapid runs were nowhere to be seen today.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s men were grateful for our goalkeeper moments later when van Sas made a world-class save to tip Edouard Michut’s effort from distance over the crossbar.


Undaunted, City instantly searched for a route back into the match, with strong demands for a penalty kick in the battle of the break that was flown away after Kayky fell after dancing his way to the sideline.

And there was still plenty of time for the hosts to go close once again, with O’Reilly being a matter of inches from controlling the equalizer with his knee after coming to the finish line on a malicious post from the left.

It was a similar story after the restart, with O’Reilly this time burning in the palms of his hands on Lavallee after being penetrated by Rico Lewis’ raucous run from the depths.

But PSG’s second followed shortly after, with Gassama smashing home on van Sas’ near post after twisting and turning into the box from the left.

Dan Ogwuru came into the match just before the hour when City looked to trigger a comeback and striker forced Nehemiah Fernandez out in an excellent challenge in the last ditch as he got his first real view on goal.

And Lavallee was called in again with 25 left when he was forced to tip CJ Egan-Riley’s deep corner away from danger as it threatened to swing into the top corner.


But when City pressed for a route back in the match, the Parisians stabbed us once again on the counter-attack with ten left, and Wilson Odobert put in coolly after Gassama was broken free.

Our young people refused to give in and were rewarded for our efforts shortly after when Lewis pressed home to give the hosts a glimmer of hope.

Finley Burns turned a distorted effort just past the post from a corner of stoppage time as City continued to struggle to the end, but it was to no avail under the light of Academy Stadium.

How we lined up

Mikki van Sas’ goal was shielded by a back four by CJ Egan-Riley, Finley Burns, Luke Mbete and Rico Lewis.

Romeo Lavia sat in front, with Shea Charles and Oscar Bobb completing the midfield three.

Kayky and Josh Wilson-Esbrand started on the flanks, with Nico O’Reilly operating through the middle at the sharp end.

By XI: van Sas, Egan-Riley, Burns, Mbete (C), Lewis, Lavia (Susoho 83 ‘), Charles (Oduroh 83’), O’Reilly (Ogwuru 59 ‘), Kayky (Mebude 72’), Bobb, Wilson- Esbrand (Tarensi 83 ‘)

Subs: Slicker, Taylor

PSG XI: Lavallee, Bodiang (C), El Hannach, Fernandez, Muntu Wa Mungu, Kari (Weidmann 79 ‘), Zaire-Emery, Odobert (Noireau-Dauriat 85’), Michut, Gassama (Gharbi 85 ‘), Simons (Yansane 68’ )

Subs: Bitshiabu, Najeh, Randriamamy

What it means

City bow out of UEFA Youth League Group Stages after defeat to PSG.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s men are guaranteed to finish in third place, with RB Leipzig at the foot of the table having lost all five matches so far.

Victory for PSG means that there is a direct exchange of fire between themselves and Club Brugge for the top spot when they meet in two weeks.


City’s youngsters are back in Premier League 2 on Monday night, where they will host Leeds United at the Academy Stadium.

The match starts at 19:00 (UK) and can be seen live with a CITY + subscription.

City’s next commitment in the UEFA Youth League comes on Tuesday, December 7, where we meet RB Leipzig U19 at. 12:00.

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