Just like the senior team, the young Blues are clinging to
the hope that they can still squeeze into the next phase of the NextGen Series.
In a miserable week for City in Europe, Attilio Lombardo’s side lost a lead
and, despite a frantic finish, could not force a draw.
The youngsters tried out the three-man defence with which Roberto Mancini has
experimented, as Courtney Meppen-Walter – who was on the bench for the first
team against Ajax – and Adam Drury played as wing backs.
Sixteen-year-old Spaniard Jose Angel Pozo pounced when the Juve keeper could
only parry a shot from Olivier Ntcham – another 16-year-old fielded in a young
City team – to give City an early lead in the game, at Ewen Fields.
But Andrea Schiavone curled a free kick inside Ian Lawlor’s near post to level
on 29 minutes and Magnusson Hordur put the Italians in control, again direct
from a free kick, on 62 minutes.
It looked all over when Leonardo Bonatini scooted past Karim Rekik before firing in the third
with 19 minutes left, but Marcos Lopes scored with a deflected shot to set up a
The top two in each of the six groups qualify automatically for the last 16,
but the Blues can now only qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams.
CITY EDS: Lawlor, Bossaerts
(McHale), Meppen-Walters (Leigh), Evans (Glendon), Plummer, Rekik, Adam Drury, Ntcham, Cole, Pozo, Lopes