Spurs under 19’s 0-3 Bayern Munich: (match report)
Our under 19’s took on Bayern Munich in Germany on Wednesday afternoon in their final UEFA Youth League group stage game. Ryan Mason’s Spurs side needed to better Crvena zvevda’s result against Olympiacos to qualify for the play off round of the competition. Unfortunately Spurs bowed out of the prestigious competition after losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich at their training campus. Spurs were dominated for large periods of yesterday’s game and they could have few complaints at being knocked out of the competition. Bayern Munich netted one goal in the first half and two more in the second half. Spurs lined up in their usual 4-2–3-1 formation as Josh Oluwayemi started in goal. A back four made up of Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Luis Binks and Dennis Cirkin sat in front of him. Captain Jamie Bowden and Tashan Oakley-Boothe partnered up in central midfield while Dilan Markanday and J’Neil Bennett operated out on the flanks, either side of CAM Harvey White. Rodel Richards operated up front for Spurs.
Spurs got Wednesday’s game underway and it took the game a while to get going. Dilan Markanday had an early cross cleared away by Flavius Daniliuc before Malachi Fagan-Walcott cleared away Flavius Daniliuc’s cross. Bayern Munich took the lead in the 20th minute of the game through none other than Daniliuc. The Austrian defender met Taylor Booth’s corner kick before nodding the ball goal bound. His effort deflected off of Luis Binks before nestling in the left hand corner of the goal, 0-1. Harvey White cleared away Taylor Booth’s free kick as Spurs struggled to break Bayern Munich down. Jamie Bowden’s corner kick was cleared away by Daniliuc before J’Neil Bennett curled an effort wide on the edge of the Bayern Munich box after receiving Dilan Markanday’s pass. A good Spurs move a couple of minutes later saw Cirkin pass the ball to Bowden who gave it to Markanday down the left side of the Bayern Munich box, but his whipped effort looped wide of the goal. Luis Binks was shown a yellow card for a strong challenge on Jamal Musiala before the referee sounded his whistle for half time.
Bayern Munich got the second half underway and they soon came close to doubling their lead after Jamal Musiala passed the ball to Taylor Booth inside the Spurs box. However, Booth’s powerful effort on goal was superbly tipped over the crossbar by Oluwayemi. Taylor Booth’s whipped free kick was headed home by Bright Arrey-Mbi on 51 minutes to double Bayern Munich’s advantage before Jamal Musiala had a shot blocked in the Spurs box by Luis Binks. J’Neil Bennett then had a shot blocked by Arrey-Mbi. After striding forward down the right hand side of the Spurs box Ryan Johansson forced a decent save out of Josh Oluwayemi from a tight angle. Benjamin Hoffman saw an effort deflect wide off Spurs’ Brooklyn Lyons-Foster before Jamie Bowden injured himself after blocking Jamal Musiala’s shot. Oluwayemi then saved Taylor Booth’s effort from distance before the injured Jamie Bowden was replaced by Paris Maghoma. After Ryan Johansson passed the ball to Jahn Herrmann in the Spurs box the Bayern Munich substitute dragged an effort narrowly wide of Oluwayemi’s goal.
Maurizio Pochettino came onto replace Dilan Markanday on the right flank. Soon after coming on Pochettino’s good cross came to Bennett inside the Bayern Munich box however, his effort on the turn was blocked by Arrey-Mbi. J’Neil Bennett then nodded wide Dennis Cirkin’s cross before Paris Maghoma’s whipped cross was cleared behind by Arrey-Mbi before Pochettino could get to the ball. Luis Binks then headed wide Tashan Oakley-Boothe’s lofted pass before Bennett had an effort saved by Jakob Mayer down the left side of the Bayern Munich box. Angelo Stiller slotted home to make it 3-0 after receiving Malik Tillman’s pass in the Spurs box, 0-3. Max Robson came onto replace Rodel Richards before Marvin Cuni had an effort on goal tipped onto the post by the hand of Oluwayemi. Marqes Muir then came onto replace Brooklyn Lyons-Foster before Malik Tillman fired an effort over Oluwayemi’s box. Tillman then nodded over Oliver Batista Meier’s cross before the referee brought the game to an end.
My man of the match: 18 year old goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi was in my opinion our best player on Wednesday afternoon. Oluwayemi made four saves on the day and he made a couple of good ones, most notable of which was the teenagers superb save to deny American Taylor Booth in the second half. Oluwayemi dealt well with crosses and his distribution was good on the day.
Bayern Munich: Mayer, Waidner (Bruckner 67), Daniliuc (c), Arrey-Mbi, Hofmann, Booth (Stiller 67), Lawrence, Batista Meier, Musiala (Tillman 58), Johansson (Cuni 77), Halbich (Herrmann 58). Substitutes (not used): Schneller, Mihaljevic.
Spurs: Oluwayemi, Lyons-Foster, Fagan-Walcott, Binks, Cirkin, Oakley-Boothe, Bowden (c) (Maghoma 62), White, Markanday (Pochettino 62), Richards (Robson 79), Bennett (Muir 85). Substitutes (not used): Lo-Tutala, Lusala, Pedder.