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Thursday 21 March 2013

Barclays U21s: Man Utd lose to late Bellerin goal

Arsenal secure dramatic victory in Elite Group while Middlesbrough beat Chelsea in Group 1

Hector Bellerin (second right) is congratuled for his winner (credit: Arsenal)

There were two matches in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League second phase during midweek. Arsenal secured a late win over Manchester United in the Elite Group and Middlesbrough keeping up the chase of Everton at the top of Group 1.

Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd

A last-minute goal from Hector Bellerin earned Arsenal a come-from-behind victory over Manchester United at Barnet.

United took the lead through Charni Ekangamene’s 25-yard strike five minutes before half-time, but Arsenal came back immediately with a penalty from Conor Henderson after Bellerin had been fouled by Alex Buttner.

The Spaniard then hit the bar with a free kick before scoring in the 90th minute to give Steve Gatting’s side three points. The win lifted Arsenal three places to fourth in the Elite Group with 10 points, still four behind Liverpool who are in third, the last remaining place to qualify for the end-of-season play-offs.

United remain in second on 15 points, four behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur, having played a match more.

Arsenal report | Man Utd report

Middlesbrough 2-0 Chelsea

Middlesbrough moved to second in Group 1 with victory over Chelsea at the Riverside. After a goalless first half, the home side took the lead through Ryan Brobbel’s shot on 48 minutes. In an open match, both sides had chances to score the next goal, but eventually it fell to Muzzy Carayol, who fired the ball in from close range to secure the points.

“It was a young side and some of the boys are on the periphery of the youth team but needed to play because of players going away on internationals,” Dermot Drummy, Chelsea’s U21 manager, told the Chelsea website. “I can't fault the spirit and you have to give credit to Middlesbrough, they play good football, they are difficult to mark and they get the ball down and play.”

Boro are four points behind leaders Everton, having played two matches more. The top team play off against the winners of Group 2 for the right to face the winners of the Elite Group in the semi-finals of the final stage.

Middlesbrough report | Chelsea report

Barclays Under-21 Premier League results  

19 March
Group 1

Middlesbrough (Brobbel, Carayol) 2-0 Chelsea

20 March
Elite Group
Arsenal (Henderson pen, Bellerin) 2-1 Man Utd (Ekangamene)

Barclays Under-21 Premier League fixtures

22 March
Elite Group
Stoke City v Crystal Palace, Nantwich Town, 7pm

Download full fixture list here  | For full results click here

To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • Hector Bellerin scores a late winner for Arsenal against Man Utd
  • Victory lifts Steve Gatting's side to fourth in the Elite Group
  • In Group 1, Middlesbrough win 2-0 against Chelsea to keep up their chase of leaders Everton

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