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Bayern campus round up: Aleksandar Pavlović, Lucas Copado, Adin Ličina star as the wins rack up

What is happening? Bayern’s youth teams...all did well?

FC Bayern München v SV Darmstadt 98 - Bundesliga Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

This is the Bayern Munich campus round up, consisting of reports on the results of Bayern’s U-19 and U-23 (Bayern II) teams. The usual report on Bayern’s U-17 side will be missing due to Bayern not releasing any highlights from the match. There will be a link to the highlights of each match on top of the results, via FC Bayern’s official website.

Bayern II 4-0 Bayreuth

What a phenomenal game this was. Bayern II were favorites, helped by Aleksandar Pavlović and Frans Krätzig joining the squad from the senior team, but a result like this was not expected. After a relatively even opening period, right back Max Scholze went on a mazy run that ended with a beautiful chip past the opposition defense to striker Lucas Copado. Copado, who produced a beautiful lob over the goalkeeper to score the opener.

Bayern II gained the upper hand after the opener, but it was still a fairly even encounter until Bayreuth’s captain Edwin Schwarz was shown a red card for an awful challenge in the 28th minute. Ten minutes later, Bayern II was up 4-0. First, Pavlovic showed beautiful vision and passing by turning away from pressure and immediately chipping a phenomenal pass with his “weaker” left foot over to captain Timo Kern, who squared it to Krätzig for the easiest goal of his life.

Then Bayern II scored the best goal of the night, with Pavlovic combining with Aitamer and Copado and Kern drawing the defenders away for Copado to run towards goal and rifle home a confident shot from the edge of the box. Finally, a poor giveaway from Bayreuth led to Copado tapping in another goal for his hat trick and 10th goal of the season. With the scoreline being 4-0 at half time, both teams seemed to mutually agree to take things easy in the second half, with little of note happening and 4-0 being the final scoreline. In general, there was no poor performance among Bayern II, with Pavlovic, Krätzig and Copado (despite only playing 55 minutes) arguably the best of the bunch.

The first of those games in hand will be played next Saturday, December 2nd, at 7AM EST. If you miss the live broadcast of the game, you can watch the full game back on FC Bayern’s website via Bayern TV, just like you can watch this one in its’ entirety.

Sandhausen U-19 1-3 Bayern U-19

The name Sandhausen might cause some Bayern fans to experienced PTSD, but at least the U-19 team did what the senior team did not and beat Sandhausen. Creative midfielder Jonathan Asp Jensen has recently returned from injury and he picked up where he left off, delivering a phenomenal corner that 16-year-old center back Ljubo Puljić headed in for the lead. Puljić would not be the starring 16-year-old today, though, as attacking midfielder Adin Ličina somehow bundled the ball into the back of the net after a brilliant run and assist by Michael Scott.

Sandhausen barely threatened throughout the match, but a lucky bounce caught Bayern’s defense off guard and the opposition managed to reduce the arrears just before half time. Either side would struggle to create chances until Ličina finally put the game to bed with his second goal in the 89th minute for the final 3-1 scoreline.

Many of the usual suspects did well for Bayern. Ličina rather struggled to display his full talent consistently but showed incredible flashes of quality from time to time and got those two goals. Asp Jensen kept the game ticking, Scott was a consistent livewire and showed some incredible dribbling skills, Anthony Pavlešić in goal showed quality on the ball and Emir Demircan was bright as well. But, as per usual, left back Adam Aznou was just levels above everybody else on the pitch. He continues to go from level to level.

The U-19s will face a massive clash in the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday, November 29 at 10 AM EST. as they come up against unbeaten group leader Copenhagen. Win this game and progression into the knockout rounds will be nearly assured. Lose and things could get perilous.

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