Red Star Belgrade U19 0-2 Liverpool U19: Reds win in UEFA Youth League
Red Star Belgrade U19 0-2 Liverpool U19: Stunning Adam Lewis free-kick helps move Reds closer to UEFA Youth League knockout rounds
- Liverpool’s youngsters moved a step closer to the Youth League knockout round
- Second-half goals from Curtis Jones and Adam Lewis earned victory in Belgrade
- Lewis impressed with a stunning left-foot free-kick against Red Star
- A draw away to Paris Saint-Germain in their next game will secure progress
Liverpool took command of their UEFA Youth League group as goals from Curtis Jones and Adam Lewis saw them home against Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday afternoon.
Hours before the first teams meet in the Champions League, Liverpool’s under-19 side set the example by making it three wins from four in this season’s competition.
The result moves them three points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain in Group C and on course for automatic progress to the knockout round as group winners.
Adam Lewis curled home a stunning free-kick as Liverpool beat Red Star 2-0 on Tuesday
Lewis speaks to Liverpool coach Barry Lewtas during their UEFA Youth League victory
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Liverpool U20 captain Adam Lewis with an absolute beauty of a free-kick to seal the win in Belgrade! pic.twitter.com/J5IW0akGVL
Mind you, Red Star will consider themselves unfortunate not to come away with anything after they forced Liverpool keeper Vitezslav Jaros into a series of fine saves in the first-half.
Jaros first showed cat-like reflexes to turn Njegos Kupusovic’s bicycle kick onto the crossbar before denying Red Star’s No 7 once again as he raced through on goal.
The Liverpool keeper then got down sharply to save from Dejan Joveljic on the stroke of half-time and ensure the sides went in goalless.
That spell of pressure from the Serbian side rattled Liverpool, who had started the contest the stronger.
The win means that Liverpool will qualify for the knockout stage if they draw with PSG
Liverpool were indebted to the saves of their keeper Vitezslav Jaros during their victory
Bobby Duncan is challenged by Dorde Jovicic of Red Star during the contest in Belgrade
Bobby Duncan takes on two Red Star Belgrade players during the game at Cukaricki Stadium
Liverpool’s Neco Williams takes on Aleksa Terzic of Red Star during the Youth League contest
Rafael Camacho pings a long ball during Liverpool’s win on matchday four of the Youth League
Red Star Belgrade: Gordic; Kukolj, Milikic, Jovicic, Stajic; Adzibaba (Ajdinovic 90), Stojanovic (Stojancic 62); Kupusovic (Velikic 62), Jocic (Burmaz (82), Terzic (Dedijer 90); Joveljic (c)
Substitutes not used: Krstovic (GK); Ivanovic
Coach: Bratislav Zivkovic
Booked: Jovicic, Stojanovic
Liverpool: Jaros; R. Williams, Coyle, Clayton; N. Williams, Jones, Cain (Dixon-Bonner 79), Lewis (c); Camacho (Larouchi 84), Duncan (Glatzel 80), Adekanye (Hoever 84)
Substitutes not used: Kelly (GK); Clarkson, Longstaff
Coach: Barry Lewtas
Scorers: Jones 69; Lewis 75
Booked: Clayton, Jones
Referee: Christopher Jaeger (Austria)
Jones forced keeper Milos Gordic into a save from distance, while Rafael Camacho saw two efforts narrowly miss the target and Bobby Duncan headed over.
Liverpool were again thankful to Jaros early in the second-half when he spread himself to block Joveljic’s shot after the Red Star captain had been allowed to turn inside the area.
Having held out, Liverpool seized the intiative in the 68th-minute. Camacho’s powerful header from a Bobby Adekanye cross was pushed only as far as Jones, who rushed in to fire into the roof of the net.
And victory was assured in spectacular fashion six minutes later when Lewis stepped up to take a free-kick some 30 yards from goal.
The England under-20 international curled an inch-perfect left-foot shot that easily beat Gordic and found the top corner.
The result means Liverpool require a point from their next match away to PSG to book their last-16 place.
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