The opening day of the 2017 ABN Amro Future Cup was packed full of action, leaving a lot to be decided on day two.
The three-day Under-17 tournament, which brings together promising talents from some of Europe’s biggest sides, commenced with hosts Ajax taking on the J-League selection while fellow Group A contenders Benfica and Juventus faced each other.
As Ajax and the J-League side shared the spoils in a goalless draw, Benfica recovered from Alessandro Lombardi’s early goal to win 3-1.
Juve failed to get going against the Japanese opponents, who ran out 3-0 winners, and in the other game Ajax reaped the benefits of a good display with a 1-0 win over Benfica thanks to a goal from Giovanni de la Vega.
The J-League team sit top of Group A, ahead of Ajax on goal difference, Benfica sit a point behind and Juve are bottom. There is much to be decided on Sunday when the phase comes to an end, as Ajax take on Juventus and Benfica meet the J-League selection.
Anderlecht, meanwhile, sit top of Group B, having kicked off their campaign with a sound 3-1 win over Arsenal, before fine work from Theo Leoni to fire them to victory against Bayern Munich.
The Bavarian side sit second in the group with three points, recovering from an early goal to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1.
Arsenal are level on points with Bayern as they inflicted a second defeat upon PSG, winning 2-1.
The Gunners will have a chance to leapfrog Bayern when they meet on Sunday, while Anderlecht will be hoping to maintain their great start with another three points against PSG.
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