Arsenal have won the first PUMA Youth Cup with a late win over Ajax at Signal Iduna Park this afternoon. The oldest squads in the tournament overcame Bordeaux and Dortmund respectively in yesterday’s semi-finals, and played out an exciting match for the 6,000-strong crowd.
Ajax lost their captain Henk Been inside the opening five minutes when he collided heavily with his marker in their and took severe facial damage. The only goal of the game came with 3 minutes to play, with the 6’4″ Elijah Saunders heading past Gordon Masinga from a Laurent Martin cross.
Dortmund, possessing the youngest squad of the four teams, went down 0-2 to Bordeaux in the earlier Playoff match, with a goal in either half that could have been defended much better.
A goal-kick from Bordeaux ‘keeper Jérõme Martin was left to bounce by BVB defender Masallah Aydemir, allowing Alsény Barry to get behind him and lash a half-volley past Daniel Schmadtke from 22 yards out.
Bordeaux sealed victory in the 82nd minute when another long-ball wasn’t dealt with by the Dortmund defence. Hendrik Brauer misjudged his header back to his ‘keeper, and the ball dropped nicely for Mahi Ramadani who poked the ball home from just inside the box.
BVB lost Dominik Baron with a dislocated jaw midway through the first-half after an accidental collision, and he’ll miss about a month of football, ruling him out of the side’s opening U19 Bundesliga matches.
Dortmund will join Arsenal in the second-half of the double-header tournament later this week. They’ll play AS Roma (U20) on Friday, while Arsenal face Montpellier.