In the UEFA Youth League, promising teams from clubs in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League compete against each other and against teams that have become champions of the U-19 competition in their home country. This was the qualification criterion for the young Alkmaar side, the main team playing in the conference league this year, with a place in the semi-finals secured last week.
AZ was better than Hajduk throughout the entire match. Jayden Addai was the star of the show in the first stay, but it was Ernest Poku who was able to create the first breakthrough for the Alkmaarders. Shortly before half-time he was brought down in Hajduk Split’s penalty area. This was followed by a penalty kick by the left-footed player Addai.
There is no party
In the second half, Mix Meerdinck entered, who used the final penalty kick in the penalty shootout against Anderlecht in the Conference League last week. Boco made a cautious decision in the seventieth minute, as he entered the left wing and scored wonderfully with the right into the far corner. A few minutes later, the Dutch player of Ghanaian origin scored 3-0 after a wonderful exchange of the duo with Meerdink.
Meerdink was also able to enjoy personal success from Switzerland, with 4-0 and 5-0 results coming with his right foot. Arizona U19s became the first Dutch team in history to win the UEFA Youth Champions League. This youth competition has been in existence since the 2013/2014 season.
On the way to the final, under-19 teams Eintracht Frankfurt, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sporting Clube de Portugal were defeated.
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