Kaylen Hinds’ goal saw Arsenal U17s progress to the Semi-Finals of the Al Kass International Cup with a 1-0 victory over River Plate today.
Arsenal made just one side from the team that dispatched of Aspire, with Kristopher Da Graca replacing Rugare Musendo at centre-back.
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This was undoubtedly Arsenal’s toughest test in the tournament so far in more ways than one. The young Gunners were the victims of some rough challenges from the Argentinean side but still came close to scoring through Marcus Tabi and Stephy Mavididi.
Arsenal eventually made the breakthrough in the second period, with Hinds heading home from schoolboy Reiss Nelson’s corner.
River Plate threatened to draw level, but Hugo Keto made an impressive save late on to ensure Arsenal’s progression to the last four, where they’ll face either Aspire or Paris Saint-Germain on Friday.
A brawl broke out between both sets of players in the end, but the important thing is that Arsenal are still very much alive in this competition.