The Bayern Munich U17s team is the first finalist in the ABN AMRO Future Cup. The German team defeated their Japanese counterparts from JLeague by 1-0. Substitute Yannick Brugger sent a beautiful header into the goal five minutes before the end. Bayern will meet either Ajax or Anderlecht in the finals. These two teams will meet in the other semi-final game.
The teams didn’t give each other much in the first half. The Japanese team ruled the start and the end of the match. But Bayern was in charge of everything in between. The key man from the group phase, Frank Evina, wasn’t really able to distinguish himself this time. The biggest opportunity of the first half was for JLeague. After a fluid attack, Toichi Suzuki was totally free to pull the trigger. The midfielder had time to receive the ball, but in his haste, he shot over.
Bayern takes the initiative
In the second half, Bayern was the dominant team. Three opportunities, including two for Evina, didn’t result in any goals. Moreover, keeper Ryui Hisajima made a spectacular save. On the opposite side, JLeague missed a big opportunity, via Akito Tanahashi.
It ended up being a costly mistake, because in the closing minutes of the second half – in the Future Cup, two thirty-minute halves are played – Bayern took control. Brugger ticked a pass from the right diagonally into the field. The fact that the score didn’t go past 1-0 is Evina’s fault. The centre forward wasted a great scoring opportunity.