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U18s win Al Ain trophy on penalties

  • 08 February 2010 15:51
  • Posted by Tim Oscroft

City's Under 18 side have won the Al Ain International Championship trophy in Abu Dhabi after a dramatic final that ended in a penalty shoot-out.

Wins over a UAE select XI and Inter Milan saw the young Blues make the final of the prestigious youth competition, where they faced host club Al-Ain on Monday afternoon.

A goal down at half-time, City levelled through Nils Zander before the home side went into the lead once again. Freddie Veseli's goal saw City draw level once more, but they had to see out the match with just 10 men after substitute Jeremy Helan was sent off just minutes after coming on.

The game ended at 2-2, with penalties coming straight after the end of 90 minutes. City held their nerve to take the shoot-out 5-3, with Andy Mitchell, Harry Bunn, John Guidetti, Ahmed Benali and Freddie Veseli finding the target.

Team: Karius, T. Skogsrud (Tse), Zander, Veseli, Mitchell; Paris (Helan), Benali, Kapsalopodas, Roman (Robinson); Guidetti, Bunn.

Unused subs: E. Johansen, Hippias.

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