The second weekend of the PUMA Summer Cup has begun in Dortmund, with the hosts’ U19 side playing Roma U20s, and last week’s winners Arsenal U18 facing Montpellier U19.
The first match was a feisty affair between Montpellier and Arsenal that saw Elliott Ingham shown a red card by the referee five minutes into the second-half after he lashed out at an opponent. Montpellier dominated with the numerical advantage but were thwarted a handful of times by Arsenal ‘keeper Taylor Lee-Barrett.
They eventually made a breakthrough with fifteen to play, Fabrice Robert caught Dwight Andrews in possession before cutting into the box and rounding Lee-Barrett to slot home.
Things didn’t get off to a good start for Borussia Dortmund as Luciano Russo seized on an error by Josef Odenthal to score Roma’s opening goal with an incisive finish from twelve yards out, but they were back on level terms within a minute as Tobias Seufert ghosted home at the far post to turn in Masallah Aydemir’s cross.
Karl-Heinz Horn, Dortmund’s best performer on the day, cracked home a delightful free-kick midway through the first-half, and the far younger squad went in 2-1 up at the break.
Ninety seconds after the restart, Matteo Fedeli headed the Italians back on level terms, and after a host of substitutes for both sides, Daniele Ansini hit the winner off the underside of the bar from 25 yards out.
Roma will play Montpellier in tomorrow’s final, while Dortmund meet Arsenal.