Madrid break UEFA Youth League duck 

Real Madrid won the trophy for the first time against a relentless Benfica side.

Madrid were 3-2 winners against Benfica in the final
Madrid were 3-2 winners against Benfica in the final Getty Images

Real Madrid lifted the UEFA Youth League title in their first final after a thrilling 3-2 win against Benfica.

Raúl González's men led 2-0 and 3-1 but had to hang on as Gonçalo Ramos's second goal hauled the Portuguese side back into the contest before Luis López saved a Tiago Dantas penalty to seal victory.

The last two round of 16 ties, and the remainder of the competition, were played between 16 and 25 August at Colovray Stadium, Nyon. All matches were played behind closed doors.

Final (Colovray Stadium, Nyon)

Tuesday 25 August
Benfica 2-3 Real Madridhighlights

Highlights: Benfica 2-3 Real Madrid
Highlights: Benfica 2-3 Real Madrid
  • Madrid win maiden UEFA Youth League title but Benfica beaten in final for the third time.
  • This was the joint-highest scoring final in the competition's history following Chelsea's 3-2 win against Shakhtar in 2015.
  • Gonçalo Ramos's double ensured the Benfica striker was joint-top scorer in the competition with eight goals, alongside Atalanta's Roberto Piccoli.
  • Benfica have been awarded two penalties in their three UEFA Youth League finals but have failed to score either.

Semi-finals (Colovray Stadium, Nyon)

Saturday 22 August
Benfica 3-0 Ajaxhighlights
Salzburg 1-2 Real Madrid – highlights

Highlights: Benfica 3-0 Ajax
Highlights: Benfica 3-0 Ajax
  • Benfica have won all three semi-finals in the competition, having also progressed in 2014 and 2017.
  • The Portuguese side have scored three goals or more in all three of their knockout games this season.
  • Raúl González's Madrid ended their semi-final hoodoo at the fourth time of asking.
  • First-half Juan Latasa and Miguel Gutiérrez goals enough as 2017 winners nearly mount comeback.

Quarter-finals (Colovray Stadium, Nyon)

Highlights: Midtjylland 1-3 Ajax
Highlights: Midtjylland 1-3 Ajax

Wednesday 19 August
Salzburg 4-3 Lyonhighlights
Internazionale Milano 0-3 Real Madrid
highlights

  • Chukwubuike Adamu's hat-trick was the key for Salzburg.
  • Against Inter, Madrid became the first club to 60 matches in the competition, one ahead of Barcelona.

Tuesday 18 August
Midtjylland 1-3 Ajaxhighlights
Dinamo Zagreb 1-3 Benficahighlights

  • Ajax became the first Dutch team to reach the semi-finals after three superb goals.
  • Benfica's Pedro Álvaro, who was in the team that reached the 2017 final, made his 28th competition appearance, setting a new record; he is now one ahead of Diogo Costa of last year's winners Porto.
  • Gonçalo Ramos produced two headers in quick succession as Benfica came from behind against Dinamo, who like Midtjylland also lost in last season's quarter-finals.
Highlights: Salzburg 4-3 Lyon
Highlights: Salzburg 4-3 Lyon

Round of 16 report

Sunday 16 August: Colovray Stadium, Nyon
Internazionale Milano 1-0 Renneshighlights 
Juventus 1-3 Real Madridhighlights

Highlights: Juventus 1-3 Real Madrid
Highlights: Juventus 1-3 Real Madrid
  • Competition debutant Cesare Casadei came off the bench to head Inter past tournament newcomers Rennes.
  • Madrid, keeping up their record of always reaching the round of 16, set another record by reaching their sixth quarter-final out of seven seasons – despite being 1-0 down and reduced to ten men in the opening minutes.

Tuesday 10 March
Atalanta 3-3, 3-5 pens Lyon*

  • Debutants Atalanta led 2-0 and 3-2 but a last-gasp Rayan Cherki goal forced penalties, and Lyon converted all their spot kicks to reach a second straight quarter-final.

Wednesday 4 March
Bayern München 2-2, 5-6pens Dinamo Zagrebhighlights
Crvena zvezda 0-3 Midtjylland

Salzburg 4-1 Derby County

  • Bayern came back from 2-0 down to force penalties but Dinamo are into their second straight quarter-final.
  • Midtjylland are into a second consecutive quarter-final after beating the first Serbian side to reach the round of 16.
  • Salzburg, who beat holders Porto in the last 16, remain the only past winners left in the competition after defeating debutants Derby.
Highlights: Benfica 4-1 Liverpool
Highlights: Benfica 4-1 Liverpool

Tuesday 3 March
Ajax 0-0, 6-5pens Atlético de Madridwatch the shoot-out
Benfica 4-1 Liverpoolhighlights

  • Ajax brought on substitute goalkeeper Daan Reiziger for the shoot-out, and he saved three before scoring the winning penalty.
  • Pedro Álvaro made a competition record-equalling 27th appearance as twice runners-up Benfica reached their fifth quarter-final, matching the mark of Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid, who later made it to their sixth against Juventus.