In front of 1.024 spectators, Olympique Marseille won the second edition of the GG8-Youngster Cup, on this sunday august 31, which was organised by 1. FC Union Berlin at the stadium An der Alten Försterei, by beating Hertha BSC 4:3 on penalties.
The first half of the final was very even and varied. The first big chance for Marseille came in the 2nd minute. However, Hertha took the lead after 12 minutes, which was immediately equalised by a converted penalty kick by Olympique. The second half started like the first: with a great chance for Marseille. The French then gained a slight advantage in the field. Hertha came back with a good chance to score five minutes before the end. However, the match remained a draw after normal time and the game was decided in a penalty shoot-out. Here, the French team from Olympique had the better nerves and converted all three of their penalty kicks and were crowned winners of the GG8-Youngster Cup.
In the first semi-final, Olympique Marseille met FC Basel. The French were superior on the pitch, created some promising chances and hit the aluminium several times during the match. The only thing they failed to do was score a goal, so that in the end it had to be decided in a penalty shoot-out. The players from Olympique were lucky but deserved to win 3:1 and became the first participants in the final.
In the second semi-final, Hertha BSC and Borussia Dortmund battled it out for a place in the final. BVB took a 1:0 lead in the even match, but Hertha quickly equalised. The Charlottenburg team then turned the game around and took the lead for their part. With the last action of the match, however, Dortmund were able to equalise again and send this match into a penalty shootout. Hertha BSC won 5:4 and secured their place in the final, just like last year.
In the match for third place between FC Basel and Borussia Dortmund, the yellow and black team was dominant and secured a place on the podium with a 3:0 win.
In the placement round for 5th place, the B Juniors of 1. FC Union Berlin played against FC Bayern Munich and Benfica Lisbon in Luckenwalde. In the first game, despite a courageous performance in an even match, they lost 2-1 to the Munich team. In the second match of the group, Portugal's Benfica Lisbon beat FC Bayern 1:0. The same result was seen in the last group match between the Iron U17 team and Benfica. Unfortunately for the Portuguese, although the Red and White youngsters also put in a good performance here and held their own well against the strong opponents. Benfica won the group and finished the GG8 Youngster Cup in 5th place. The FC Bayern Munich team finished in 6th place and the 1st FC Union Berlin team ended up in 7th place.
In the matches for places 8 to 10, FC Porto, Tottenham Hotspur and the host FSV Luckenwalde met. In the first match, the FC Porto team narrowly won 1:0 against the Luckenwalde side. In the second match of the group, Tottenham and Luckenwalde parted 0:0 - the first goalless match of the tournament. In the final game, FC Porto narrowly defeated Spurs 2:1 to secure 8th place in the tournament. One place behind.