It would be a fantastic result tonight, but the context is slightly different. Club NXT drew 2-2 on Wednesday afternoon in the Youth League opener against Paris Saint-Germain’s peers. A noticed spectator in Roeselare: national coach Roberto Martinez.
In the Youth League, all U19 teams come from the teams that play the Champions League, and that in the same groups. A few hours before Messi and Neymar will soon give Club Brugge a match against Jan Breydel, Club NXT was allowed to fight the peers from Paris in Roeselare. Rik De Mil’s team actually managed to get a point out of the fire, an excellent result to start the campaign with.
Martinez in tribune
However, the game did not start well for blue-black: PSG took the lead after a goal from Gassama in the half hour. The stadium was filled with almost a thousand spectators, and they saw NXT climb to the same level just before half time after a nice header by Hautekiet.
Club went looking for the winning goal after the break, but ran into an own goal. This time Hautekiet was unlucky, because he deviated a cross straight into his own goal. In the end, the young people from Bruges managed to get a point out of the fire after Vermant was able to score in the final phase after a corner from Blomme: 2-2.
A noted guest at Schiervelde was national coach Roberto Martinez, who came to keep an eye on the talent of the future. In that other match in Group A, Manchester City’s young violence beat the visitors from Leipzig 4-1, which means that De Bruyne’s club is currently in the lead.