2014–15 UEFA Youth League

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2014–15 UEFA Youth League
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The Colovray Stadium in Nyon hosted the semi-finals and final.
Tournament details
Dates16 September 2014 – 13 April 2015
Teams32 (from 18 associations)
Final positions
ChampionsEngland Chelsea (1st title)
Runners-upUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Tournament statistics
Matches played111
Goals scored397 (3.58 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Dominic Solanke (12 goals)

The 2014–15 UEFA Youth League was the second season of the UEFA Youth League, a European youth club football competition organised by UEFA. It was contested by the under-19 youth teams of the 32 clubs qualified for the group stage of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League.[1]

The final was played on 13 April 2015 at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon, Switzerland, between Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea. Chelsea won 3–2 and secured their first title in the competition. Barcelona were the title holders, but were eliminated by Anderlecht in the round of 16.

Players must be born on or after 1 January 1996.[1]

Teams[edit]

The youth teams of the 32 clubs which participated in the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage entered the competition.

Association Teams
Spain Spain Real Madrid
Atlético Madrid
Barcelona
Athletic Bilbao
England England Manchester City
Liverpool
Chelsea
Arsenal
Germany Germany Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund
Schalke 04
Bayer Leverkusen
Italy Italy Juventus
Roma
Portugal Portugal Benfica
Sporting CP
Porto
France France Paris Saint-Germain
Monaco
Ukraine Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Russia Russia CSKA Moscow
Zenit Saint Petersburg
Netherlands Netherlands Ajax
Turkey Turkey Galatasaray
Belgium Belgium Anderlecht
Greece Greece Olympiacos
Switzerland Switzerland Basel
Cyprus Cyprus APOEL
Belarus Belarus BATE Borisov
Sweden Sweden Malmö FF
Bulgaria Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
Slovenia Slovenia Maribor

Round and draw dates[edit]

The schedule of the competition was as follows.[2][3]

Phase Round Draw date Match date(s)
Group stage Matchday 1 28 August 2014
(Monaco)
16–18 September 2014
Matchday 2 30 September–2 October 2014
Matchday 3 21–23 October 2014
Matchday 4 4–6 November 2014
Matchday 5 25–27 November 2014
Matchday 6 9–11 December 2014
Knockout phase Round of 16 15 December 2014
(Nyon)
17–18 & 24–25 February 2015
Quarter-finals 10–11 & 17–18 March 2015
Semi-finals 10 April 2015 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon
Final 13 April 2015 at Colovray Stadium, Nyon

Note: Round of 16 and quarter-final matches may be played outside of the scheduled dates.

On 23 September 2014, UEFA announced a change to the schedule of the semi-finals and finals, which were originally due to take place on 24 and 27 April respectively.[4]

Group stage[edit]

Location of teams of the 2014–15 UEFA Youth League.
Brown pog.svg Brown: Group A; Red pog.svg Red: Group B; Orange pog.svg Orange: Group C; Yellow pog.svg Yellow: Group D; Green pog.svg Green: Group E; Blue pog.svg Blue: Group F; Purple pog.svg Purple: Group G; Pink pog.svg Pink: Group H.

The 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four, with the group compositions being the same as in the draw for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage, which was held on 28 August 2014, 17:45 CEST, at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.[2][5][6]

In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The matchdays were 16–18 September, 30 September–2 October, 21–23 October, 4–6 November, 25–27 November, and 9–11 December 2014, with the matches played on the same matchday as the corresponding Champions League matches, but not necessarily on the same day. The group winners and runners-up advanced to the round of 16.

Tiebreakers

The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria were applied to determine the rankings:[1]

  1. higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question;
  3. higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  5. If, after applying criteria 1 to 4 to several teams, two teams still had an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 were reapplied exclusively to the matches between the two teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure did not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 9 applied;
  6. superior goal difference from all group matches played;
  7. higher number of goals scored from all group matches played;
  8. lower disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards received during the group stage (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  9. drawing of lots.

Times up to 25 October 2014 (matchdays 1–3) were CEST (UTC+2), thereafter (matchdays 4–6) times were CET (UTC+1).

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Spain Atlético Madrid 6 5 0 1 11 5 +6 15 Advance to knockout phase
2 Greece Olympiacos 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13
3 Italy Juventus 6 1 2 3 5 10 −5 5
4 Sweden Malmö FF 6 0 1 5 5 14 −9 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Juventus Italy2–0Sweden Malmö FF
Soumah 24'
Udoh 90+1'
Report

Malmö FF Sweden1–3Greece Olympiacos
Cederholm 18' Report Laçi 34'
Vergos 39', 43' (pen.)




Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Spain Real Madrid 6 4 0 2 19 7 +12 12 Advance to knockout phase
2 England Liverpool 6 4 0 2 16 9 +7 12
3 Switzerland Basel 6 4 0 2 17 9 +8 12
4 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 6 0 0 6 0 27 −27 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Real Madrid Spain2–0Switzerland Basel
Mayoral 26'
Harper 57'
Report

Basel Switzerland3–2England Liverpool
Itten 14', 90'
Al. Ajeti 87'
Report Sinclair 67', 72'




Liverpool England3–0Switzerland Basel
Kent 38'
Cleary 90+4'
Sinclair 90+11'
Report
Real Madrid Spain6–0Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
Mayoral 7', 49', 54'
Molina 41', 77'
Petrov 90+1' (o.g.)
Report

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Portugal Benfica 6 4 1 1 12 8 +4 13 Advance to knockout phase
2 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 10
3 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 6 2 0 4 12 14 −2 6
4 France Monaco 6 2 0 4 7 12 −5 6
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers





Benfica Portugal4–1Germany Bayer Leverkusen
Costa 54', 79'
Sarkic 90+4'
Baldé 90+5'
Report Frey 65'

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Belgium Anderlecht 6 4 1 1 15 8 +7 13 Advance to knockout phase
2 England Arsenal 6 4 0 2 15 8 +7 12
3 Turkey Galatasaray 6 2 0 4 10 18 −8 6
4 Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 1 1 4 8 14 −6 4
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Arsenal England5–1Turkey Galatasaray
Zelalem 45'
Hinds 57'
Willock 59'
Iwobi 66'
Crowley 71' (pen.)
Report Kopuz 90+4'
Anderlecht Belgium5–0Germany Borussia Dortmund
Iseka 7' (pen.), 30'
Mikal 50'
Bah 75'
Bourard 90+2'
Report

Anderlecht Belgium4–3England Arsenal
Iseka 2' (pen.), 23'
Mikal 36'
Kawaya 39'
Report Crowley 11', 19', 85' (pen.)


Anderlecht Belgium3–0
Awarded
Turkey Galatasaray
Ademoglu 39'
Iseka 90+5'
Report

The match was abandoned at the 90+5th minute, with Anderlecht leading 2–0, due to Turkish fans setting off fireworks and throwing objects. UEFA ruled the match as a forfeit by Galatasaray and awarded Anderlecht a 3–0 win.[7][8]


Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 England Manchester City 6 6 0 0 22 4 +18 18 Advance to knockout phase
2 Italy Roma 6 3 0 3 9 10 −1 9
3 Germany Bayern Munich 6 2 0 4 8 18 −10 6
4 Russia CSKA Moscow 6 1 0 5 8 15 −7 3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Manchester City England2–1Italy Roma
Ntcham 64'
Ambrose 71'
Report Di Mariano 54'

CSKA Moscow Russia0–2England Manchester City
Report Pozo 21', 70'

Manchester City England4–2Russia CSKA Moscow
Byrne 8'
Barker 33', 75'
Ambrose 90+3'
Report Golovin 31'
Zhamaletdinov 50'

CSKA Moscow Russia0–2Italy Roma
Report Di Livio 77'
Verde 88' (pen.)
Manchester City England6–0Germany Bayern Munich
Adarabioyo 9'
Barker 25'
Celina 29', 88'
Byrne 64', 80'
Report

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Netherlands Ajax 6 4 2 0 19 7 +12 14 Advance to knockout phase
2 Spain Barcelona 6 2 3 1 10 7 +3 9
3 France Paris Saint-Germain 6 2 2 2 15 14 +1 8
4 Cyprus APOEL 6 0 1 5 3 19 −16 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Barcelona Spain3–0Cyprus APOEL
Padilla 3'
Moha 3'
J. García 18'
Report

APOEL Cyprus0–0Netherlands Ajax
Report
Paris Saint-Germain France2–2Spain Barcelona
Meïté 19'
Augustin 59'
Report Enguene 66'
Moha 90+8' (pen.)



APOEL Cyprus2–3Spain Barcelona
G. Christodoulou 27'
Kallis 41'
Report Padilla 19'
Natkho 76'
Corredera 82'
Paris Saint-Germain France3–6Netherlands Ajax
Meïté 49'
Augustin 56'
Goncalves 69'
Report Černý 25'
El Azzouzi 34', 51', 63', 89'
Nouri 54'

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 England Chelsea 6 5 0 1 24 3 +21 15 Advance to knockout phase
2 Germany Schalke 04 6 5 0 1 19 7 +12 15
3 Portugal Sporting CP 6 2 0 4 8 20 −12 6
4 Slovenia Maribor 6 0 0 6 4 25 −21 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Chelsea England4–1Germany Schalke 04
Brown 9', 55'
Solanke 30'
Aina 67'
Report Multhaup 14'

Schalke 04 Germany5–0Slovenia Maribor
Multhaup 20'
Boyamba 26', 41'
Platte 69', 83'
Report

Chelsea England2–0Slovenia Maribor
Boga 13', 45' Report

Maribor Slovenia0–7England Chelsea
Report Solanke 6', 40'
Colkett 11' (pen.), 36'
Musonda 25'
Kiwomya 81'
Abraham 90+3'

Sporting CP Portugal3–2Slovenia Maribor
Zé Turbo 20', 34'
Elói 65'
Report Kramarič 14', 43'

Maribor Slovenia1–5Germany Schalke 04
Karič 85' Report Schröter 39', 57'
Čorić 41', 48'
Platte 78'
Chelsea England6–0Portugal Sporting CP
Boga 18', 45'
Solanke 23', 56', 71'
Musonda 79'
Report

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6 4 2 0 15 3 +12 14 Advance to knockout phase
2 Portugal Porto 6 2 3 1 7 5 +2 9
3 Spain Athletic Bilbao 6 3 0 3 9 12 −3 9
4 Belarus BATE Borisov 6 0 1 5 2 13 −11 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine1–1Portugal Porto
Vachiberadze 2' (pen.) Report Rui Pedro 16' (pen.)



BATE Borisov Belarus0–0Portugal Porto
Report
Referee: Vadims Direktorenko (Latvia)
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine6–0Spain Athletic Bilbao
Matviyenko 7'
Boryachuk 9', 65'
Shtander 18'
Kovalenko 44'
Sahutkin 81'
Report
Referee: Rahim Hasanov (Azerbaijan)

Knockout phase[edit]

In the knockout phase, teams played against each other over one match. If scores were level after full-time, the match was decided by penalty shoot-out (no extra time was played).[1] The mechanism of the draws for each round was as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 16, the eight group winners were seeded, and the eight group runners-up were unseeded. The seeded teams were drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the match. Teams from the same group or the same association could not be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals onwards, there were no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association could be drawn against each other. The draw also decided the home team for each quarter-final, and the "home" team for administrative purposes for each semi-final and final (which were played on neutral ground).

Bracket[edit]

The draw for the knockout phase was held on 15 December 2014, 14:00 CET, at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.[2][9][10]

On 17 July 2014, the UEFA emergency panel ruled that Ukrainian and Russian clubs would not be drawn against each other "until further notice" due to the political unrest between the countries.[11] Therefore, Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk and Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg could not be drawn against each other in the round of 16. The winners of the ties involving these two clubs could also not be drawn against each other in the quarter-finals.

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
        
Belgium Anderlecht 1
Spain Barcelona 0
Belgium Anderlecht 5
Portugal Porto 0
Spain Real Madrid 1(1)
Portugal Porto (p) 1(3)
Belgium Anderlecht 1
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 3
Portugal Benfica 2
England Liverpool 1
Portugal Benfica 1(4)
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (p) 1(5)
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk (p) 1(5)
Greece Olympiacos 1(4)
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2
England Chelsea 3
Netherlands Ajax 0(5)
Italy Roma (p) 0(6)
Italy Roma 2
England Manchester City 1
England Manchester City (p) 1(3)
Germany Schalke 04 1(1)
Italy Roma 0
England Chelsea 4
England Chelsea 3
Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 1
England Chelsea 2
Spain Atlético Madrid 0
Spain Atlético Madrid 1
England Arsenal 0

Times up to 28 March 2015 (round of 16 and quarter-finals) were CET (UTC+1), thereafter (semi-finals and final) times were CEST (UTC+2).

Round of 16[edit]

The round of 16 matches were played on 27 January, 17, 23, 24 and 25 February 2015.








Quarter-finals[edit]

The quarter-finals were played on 10, 17 and 18 March 2015.




Anderlecht Belgium5–0Portugal Porto
Iseka 4', 16' (pen.), 55' (pen.)
Bourard 25'
Lumor 62' (o.g.)
Report

Semi-finals[edit]

The semi-finals were played on 10 April 2015 at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon, Switzerland.

Anderlecht Belgium1–3Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk
Bourard 55' Report Kovalenko 76', 87'
Arendaruk 80'
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (Israel)

Roma Italy0–4England Chelsea
Report Colkett 47'
Solanke 49', 56'
Abraham 83'

Final[edit]

The final was played on 13 April 2015 at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon, Switzerland.

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Team Goals Minutes played
1 England Dominic Solanke England Chelsea 12 765
2 Belgium Aaron Leya Iseka Belgium Anderlecht 9 650
3 Spain Borja Mayoral Spain Real Madrid 7 552
4 Morocco Zakaria El Azzouzi Netherlands Ajax 6 188
England Jerome Sinclair England Liverpool 6 604
Republic of Ireland Jack Byrne England Manchester City 6 653
7 Greece Nikos Vergos Greece Olympiacos 5 408
Colombia Leonardo Acevedo Portugal Porto 5 418
Germany Marc Brašnić Germany Bayer Leverkusen 5 450
England Daniel Crowley England Arsenal 5 630
England Charlie Colkett England Chelsea 5 889

Source: UEFA.com[12]

Top assists[edit]

Rank Player Team Assists Minutes played
1 Belgium Andy Kawaya Belgium Anderlecht 6 520
2 Switzerland Arxhend Cani Switzerland Basel 5 502
France Yakou Meïté France Paris Saint-Germain 5 540
Portugal João Carvalho Portugal Benfica 5 654
England Izzy Brown England Chelsea 5 744
Denmark Andreas Christensen England Chelsea 5 900
7 Portugal Renato Sanches Portugal Benfica 4 438
France Thierry Ambrose England Manchester City 4 703
England Dominic Solanke England Chelsea 4 765
Ukraine Denys Arendaruk Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 4 815
England Charlie Colkett England Chelsea 4 889
Ukraine Oleksandr Zubkov Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 4 897

Source: UEFA.com[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA Youth League 2014/15" (PDF). UEFA.com. 1 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "2014–15 UEFA Youth League – Draws". UEFA.com.
  3. ^ "Competition format". UEFA.com.
  4. ^ "New dates for Youth League conclusion in Nyon". UEFA.com. 23 September 2014.
  5. ^ "UEFA Champions League group stage draw pots". UEFA.com. 28 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Contenders learn group stage opponents". UEFA.com. 28 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Disciplinary updates". UEFA.org. 8 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Galatasaray'a "Hükmen Mağlubiyet"" (in Turkish). kukreyenaslan.com. 9 December 2014. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Media accreditation for club knockout draws". UEFA.com. 8 December 2014.
  10. ^ "UEFA Youth League knockout stage draw". UEFA.com. 15 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Emergency Panel decisions". UEFA.org. 17 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Assists". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 April 2015.

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