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U23s to do battle with Bayern on Friday!

Back the boys at Adams Park in International Cup

6 December 2017

Our Academy is amongst the best in the land – and that’s why our youngsters get to go toe-to-toe with some of the most high-profile clubs every week. And in this instance, we’re taking on one of Europe’s powerhouses when Bayern Munich II visit Adams Park on Friday in the Premier League International Cup!

Kicking off at 7pm in High Wycombe, it’s a chance for supporters to come along and see our fledgling talents facing some of the brightest prospects from the continent.

Last season, we took on Spanish side Athletic Bilbao and German giants Hertha Berlin in the group stages, as well as Everton.  This year, after facing reigning International Cup champions FC Porto and Arsenal, Bayern is our third and final group game of the competition – and we’re still in with a chance to go through.

It will probably need a handsome victory against the German club to stand a chance, however… the Royals have just a single point after the first two games, having fallen to a 2-0 loss to Porto and held Arsenal at 0-0.  But mathematically-speaking, it is still very much possible – and stranger things have happened in football!

We proudly boast of the 45 players to have graduated from our Academy ranks to have made first-team appearances – no less than five of those have come this season!

And Bayern Munich’s senior team can also point to the success of their youth system – current first-team and international trio Mats Hummels, David Alaba and Thomas Müller are all graduates of Bayern II.

All supporters are warmly invited to the game – it’s pay on the gate at Adams Park, priced £3 Adults and £1 Concessions (Over-65s and Under-16s), and parking is free subject to availability at the stadium.

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Bayern edge young Royals to win in PL International Cup

German juggernauts beat U23s 1-0 at Adams Park

8 December 2017

A mixture of youth and experience took to the field on Friday as Reading U23s took on Bayern Munich II in a hotly contested cup tie.

  • Tarnat opens the scoring for the visitors after 12 minutes
  • Reading go close through Ilori and Barrett in second period
  • Bayern hold on for three points against Royals

A cagey start to proceedings saw both sides jostle for supremacy in midfield, with the Royals unable to keep the ball for extended periods in the opening exchanges. 

As the Royals began to find their feet in the game, they began to apply pressure of their own, with Tyler Blackett and Omar Richards combining on the left to play Danny Loader through, but the ball was shepherded back to Bayern goalkeeper, Weinkauf.

However, the visitors took the lead with 11 minutes played. Maxime Awoudja drove into plenty of space in midfield, put in a through-ball for Niklas Tarnat, who duly slotted home from 12 yards.

The Royals could have got on level terms within two minutes of going behind, with Barrett breaking forward and playing across the line for Pelle Clement to shoot first-time. His effort was bending towards goal, but it went just wide of the far post.

This was followed soon after with young midfielder Jordan Holsgrove breaking on the right hand side, who received the ball back from Popa before dragging his left-footed effort wide.

Scott Marshall's side kept up the pressure going forward, Barrett cutting in on his right foot and letting fly, but well gathered by Weinkauf at his right hand post.

Omar Richards won the ball in his own box, before playing to Popa and sprinting forward to get the ball back in the Bayern area, with his curling effort headed off the line.

Anssi Jaakkola was called into action with two saves in quick succession, first denying Mario Crnicki from close range and then pushing Dorsch's edge-of-the-area drive around the post.

Half time | Reading U23 0-1 Bayern Munich II


The Royals started the second period positively, and had the ball in the net early on through Danny Loader's tap-in, but Popa was flagged offside in the build-up.

Our U23s almost equalised again after Popa lofted to the back post for Clement, his effort was blocked on the line before East's follow-up was well-saved by a sprawling Weinkauf.

The visitors found their chances limited in the second half as they held onto their single-goal advantage, Holsgrove winning the ball on the left for the Royals and playing in Barrett to cross, but it missed a hooped shirt in a dangerous area.

Tiago Ilori also went close for the Royals, latching onto a Holsgrove free-kick but his header landed on the roof of the Bayern net.

The German visitors aimed to make the result more secure in the final minutes of the 90, pushing higher up the pitch but came up against some resolute Royals defending.

Unfortunately for Scott Marshall's side, it wasn't to be on the night against top European opposition.

Full time | Reading U23 0-1 Bayern Munich II

Reading U23: Jaakkola, Sheppard, Ilori, Richards, Blackett (Holmes 70), Holsgrove, Clement, East, Popa, Barrett, Loader.
Subs: Legg, Holmes, Medford-Smith, Rollinson, Nolan.

Bayern Munich II: Weinkauf, Turkkalesi (Gotze 60), Mayer, Tarnat, Pantovic (Zylla 46), Crnicki, Awoudja, Obermair, Isherwood, Dorsch, Benko (Shabani 46).
Subs: Rossl, Gotze, Zylla, Shabani.
Goals: Tarnat 12

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