- Dinamo Zagreb won both of their matches
- Two wins and one defeat apiece for Young Boys and Internacional
- Hosts get off the mark with a draw
On the opening day of the 80th edition of the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup in Zurich, one of the premier U-19 tournaments in the world, the headlines went to the youngsters from Dinamo Zagreb, BSC Young Boys and SC Internacional, who each recorded two wins in their group matches.
In the past, players such as Gerard Pique, Kaka and David Beckham have cut their teeth at this international event, and who knows, perhaps some of the talent on show this year will go on to showcase their skills in some of the biggest stadiums in the world.
One of those players could very well be Dinamo Zagreb’s Roko Baturian, who bagged a brace in his side’s 3-0 win over a strong West Ham United side. Team-mate Antonio Marin was on the scoresheet twice himself in an entertaining 3-2 win over SC Braga. West Ham’s Alfie Lewis also nabbed a pair in the Londoners’ 3-0 win over FC Blue Stars, but the host club managed a goalless draw against FC Zurich – a fine result against a team, who finished third in last year’s tournament.
_SC Internacional 2-0 Grasshopper Club
Espanyol 0-2 BSC Young Boys
FC Cologne 2-1 SC Internacional
BSC Young Boys 3-1 Grasshopper Club
Espanyol 3-1 FC Cologne
SC Internacional 2-0 BSC Young Boys
SC Braga 0-0 FC Zurich
West Ham United 3-0 FC Blue Stars
Dinamo Zagreb 3-2 SC Braga
FC Blue Stars 0-0 FC Zurich
West Ham United 0-3 Dinamo Zagreb
SC Braga 2-1 FC Blue Stars
Group B sees Dinamo Zagreb top of the table and the only team in the competition yet to concede a point, followed by Braga, who have four points from three games. West Ham (three points) and FC Zurich (two points), meanwhile, have a game in hand on the top two. Zurich have played out two goalless draws thus far, while hosts Blue Stars are fifth with a point from three matches.
Things are more difficult to predict in Group A. Young Boys, whose first team were recently crowned as Swiss champions, got off to a flyer with victories over Espanyol (2-0) and Grasshoppers (3-1), before coming unstuck against Brazilian outfit Internacional in the last match on Wednesday, as they fell to a 2-0 defeat. The team from Porto Alegre had previously beaten Grasshoppers 2-0 before falling 2-1 to FC Cologne.
What that all means is that Internacional and Young Boys have six points from three matches played in Group A, while Espanyol and Cologne, who have three points each, have a game in hand and are poised to strike. Pointless Grasshoppers, meanwhile, will be hoping to open their account on Thursday.
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The Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup is being held on 9 and 10 May at the Buchlern Sports Complex in Zurich, Switzerland. Entry is free.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.