NextGen review: Manchester City and Arsenal are held to draws

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City were held to a 1-1 draw in Turkey while Arsenal were not awarded for their dominance over Olympiakos at Underhill as they drew 0-0. Ajax continued to back up their favourites tag with a second successive 5-0 victory.

Manchester City fought to a difficult away draw with Turkish outfit Fenerbahce last night. Jordi Hiwula returned in time for the club after an impressive debut for England’s under-19s while a debut was handed to the impressive looking Jules Ntcham, who has been compared to Patrick Vieira.

The first-half was one dominated by possession and midfield play which lead to a rather damp squib of a period, with only Denis Suarez’s free-kick a chance of any note.

But the second-half sprung to life after Denis Suarez did give City the lead. After good work on the right hand side Suarez managed to latch onto a perfect delivery from new-boy Ntcham to score his second goal in as many games against the Turkish side.

But an impressive away victory did not come from Atillio Lombardo’s men as an unfortunate own goal from Greg Leigh allowed an equaliser for Fener.

Both sides pushed for a winner but the effect cancelled the threat, however a point in Turkey is an impressive result and after an opening fixture defeat to Paris Saint-Germain they should be happy with their efforts.

Here are some Tweets from the lads, as they draw level with Juventus at the top of the Group…

Denis Suarez ‏@DenisSuarez36 1-1 at Fenerbahçe. I think we play well, was a difficult and hard game. I'm happy for the team performance and for score a goal.

kieran kennedy ‏@kierank93 1-1 away at fenerbahce, never play in a harder place!, fans are #Crazy

Louis Hutton ‏@LOUvable 1-1 draw. We'll take that. Home tomorrow. Wolves away for the 18s on Saturday. Better

Arsenal’s hope for revenge and a continuation of their home hot streak in the series ended with a drab 0-0 draw against Greek side Olympiakos at Underhill. After losing the tie in Piraeus 2-0 last time out Arsenal were hoping to avenge that defeat but a lacklustre first half and wastefulness in the second cost them all three points.

Jon Toral hit the post in the opening period and again in the second half with a delectable chipped effort and more good work by Thomas Eisfeld almost unleashed Chuba Akpom but he was just out of reach, a repeated feat from a Serge Gnabry pass followed as Arsenal toiled without result.

Isaac Hayden then had arguable their best chance with a stooping header, which was well saved by the Olympiakos stopper.

Arsenal go top of the group but they will feel this is three points lost rather than one point gained after a good performance…

Chuba Akpom ‏@Chuba10 Drew 0-0 , shouldve won, we gave it 100%, on to the next game we don't stop! #AFC

anthony jeffrey ‏@AyJayy25 Thanks for all the support tonight guys you were great drew 0-0 obtain the next game need a win #Nextgen

kristoffer olsson ‏@krisolsson should have won that game! it's sooo frustrated to not get a win when u feel u are the better team.. good experience though, on to next one!

In the other tie, well, Molde must be getting sick of the sight of Ajax as they were again thrashed 5-0 by the Dutch side. On this occasion hot prospect Viktor Fischer only helped himself to the one goal with the others coming courtesy of Ricardo Kishna, an Abdel El Hasnaoui double and a 90th minute strike from Sinan Keskin.

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