NextGen champions Inter Milan edge Liverpool in five goal thriller
- Ajax outclass Molde 5-0, Juventus clinch victory aginst PSG in Turin whilst Aston Villa beat Celtic 2-1 -
NextGen champions Internazionale edged Liverpool in a five goal thriller this afternoon in Milan. The Nerazzurri started brightly with Francesco Forte firing home on nineteen minutes before Kristian Adorjan levelled for Liverpool from the penalty spot just after the half hour mark. Inter snatched the lead from the Reds just before the break through Nicolo Belloni who found the net with a neat finish.
With ten minutes left to play, Garritano capped a swift Inter move by beating Tyrell Belford in the Liverpool goal to extend their lead to 3-1. Adorjan grabbed a late consolation goal for Liverpool to end the tie 3-2.
Aston Villa faced Celtic at Villa Park this evening in a Battle of Britain in Group 4. Villa took the lead through Samir Carruthers who finished off a well worked move after twenty minutes. Celtic took a while to settle into the game with the Villans setting the early tempo and keeping the ball well. The home side took advantage of their dominance in possesion by extending their lead on the half hour mark through Malcolm Melvin who slotted past Leonardo Fasan from all of 20-yards.
After the break, Celtic came out looking far sharper and were the more dangerous side in the second forty-five minutes. Just four minutes into the second half Jackson Irvine found the net to make it 2-1. For all their efforts and chances Celtic couldn't find the equaliser with their closest effort coming from substitute Denny Johnstone who hit the post. Aston Villa move above Celtic in Group Four having played a game more.
Meanwhile at the Aker stadion this evening, Viktor Fischer scored a brilliant hattrick against Molde to give Ajax a winning start in this season's competition. Fischer looked a threat from the first whistle, getting in behind Molde's backline and finding good positions around the box. It was Lesley de Sa who opened the scoring on fourteen minutes with a fine strike, shortly before Fischer slotted past Ola Opheim to make it 2-0 to the visitors after twenty minutes. Fischer scored two more goals in the second half and completed his hattrick ten minutes before time. Sporkslede made it 5-0 in added time to send Ajax second in Group 3 behind CSKA Moscow.
Juventus secured their first win in the NextGen Series with a 2-0 win over French giants Paris St.Germain in Turin. The hosts took the lead on fifty-seven minutes through midfielder Giuseppe Ruggiero before Brazilian striker Leanardo Bonatini made it a more comfortable win for the hosts slotting home in added time to make it 2-0.
The full time scores, and scorers, for the opening games were:
Internazionale 3 (Forte 16', Belloni 40', Garritano 80') vs. Liverpool FC 2 (Adorjan 33' PEN, 88')
Juventus 2 (Ruggiero 57', Bonatini 90') vs. PSG 0
Molde FK 0 vs. AFC Ajax 5 (de Sa 14', Fischer 19', 65', 81', Sporkslede 90')
Aston Villa 2 (Carruthers 21', Melvin 35') vs. Celtic FC 1 (Irvine 49', )
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