Man Utd U19 4-3 FC Basel U19
Scorer(s): Aidan Barlow 5′, Indy Boonen 50′, Angel Gomes (p) 57′, Josh Bohui (p) 62′ | Afimico Pululu 14′, Ylber Lokaj 58′, Kaiser 66′ (p)
Man Utd XI: Moutha-Sebtaoui; Tanner (Kenyon 57′), Sang (Garner 63′), Warren, Laird; O’Connor, Hamilton; Gomes (Burkart 90+2′), Boonen, Barlow; Bohui.
Man Utd returned to the UEFA Youth League with a bang in a seven-goal, three penalty, one red card thriller against FC Basel at Leigh Sports Village on Tuesday afternoon.
Nicky Butt’s Reds started the game in fine, if fortunate, fashion as misfortune for FC Basel goalkeeper Jozef Pukaj allowed an Aidan Barlow shot to end up in the back of the net after five minutes, following good work from Josh Bohui.
Afimico Pululu responded with a chip over Ilias Moutha-Sebtaoui to draw Badel level.
Pululu was a constant threat to United, seeing an effort drag just wide before the break as the scores remained level, despite chances at both ends.
The second half started with a goal, just as the first had done, and the ball would find itself nestled in the net five times after the break.
Indy Boonen put United in front, converting from an Aidan Barlow free-kick. Soon after, Barlow himself saw an effort come off the upright and Ethan Hamilton couldn’t finish after combining well with Gomes.
Gomes extended the Reds’ lead with a penalty, after Boonen had been brought down by Yves Jankowski.
Two minutes later in an enthralling game, Ylber Lokaj reduced United’s advantage again, heading in from a corner.
Lokaj was responsible for a two-goal advantage opening up for the second time in the match, bringing down Gomes in the area to allow Josh Bohui to score from the spot.
The referee awarded a third penalty shortly after, though at the other end, to end a manic period of the game. A soft penalty, but Kaiser converted past Moutha-Sebtaoui.
The Basel man ended any hope of a comeback for his side when he was dismissed for a second booking, kneeing the back of Josh Bohui.
Basel could have been down to nine men when Vesco appeared to kick Angel Gomes, having already been booked.
United have set themselves up well for the group stages with this opening game victory, a vital one considering away trips to Benfica and CSKA Moscow are upcoming.