Salzburg will meet Benfica in the UEFA Youth League Final at Kolovray-Benyon on Monday. It is a reenactment of the final game of 2017.
At that time, Salzburg, coached by Marco Rose, won 2-1. Benfica, who rivaled Joao Felix and Robin Dias five years ago, are now in the final for a third time and are hoping for their first title.
Both teams suffered defeat at the start of the group stage, but then managed to win their group. Salzburg were able to celebrate their away win over Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals, and Benfica made short work for Sporting Lisbon in the 4-0 win.
In the semi-finals on Friday, Benfica had far more problems than the Austrians. Lisbon team initially led 2-0 against Juventus, then goalkeeper Samuel Soares received a red card and Juventus tied to make the score 2-2. Substitute goalkeeper Andre Gomes paved the way to the final, saving twice on penalties. In the second semi-final, Salzburg defeated Atlético 5-0.
Curious: Salzburg had already wiped out Paris and Atletico on their way to winning the title in 2016/17 before facing Benfica in the final. Meanwhile, the Eagles have now matched Chelsea’s record with fourth place in the final, and they finally want to immortalize themselves on the honor roll, of which only Barcelona, Chelsea, Porto and Real Madrid are left away from Salzburg.
Benfica also has a parallel for the 2017 final, this time the younger brother of Joao Felix Hugo is in the team. The Atletico star posted after winning the semi-final on instagram A short message with the message: “The return match is 16/17.”
- Benfica will become the first team to play 70 matches in this competition.
- Like Chelsea, Benfica has now reached four finals – a record.
- Salzburg could become the third team after Barcelona and Chelsea to win the title for the second time.
- For the first time in the competition’s eight-year history, there will be a new version of the Final.
- Rokko Simic has scored six goals this season, only one goal difference Top scorers: Aral Samsir and Mads Hansen from Midtigland.
Final tickets sold out
All tickets for the final at Colovray Stadium in Nyon are already sold out
Lucas Walmer, Salzburg: “It will be similar to the semi-finals. We need a high performance, good counter-pressing and a lot of possession.”
Rocco Simic, Salzburg: “I watched the Benfica match against Juventus. They are a strong team and I think it will be a difficult match.”
Andre Gomes, Benfica“We will put everything into the final so that we can win this club the Youth League title for the first time. We hope our fans will give a lot of support on Monday.”
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